Watch: Shining a Spotlight on Staff – I am Cal OES Video Series – Star Cochran


Over the past several years, the state has experienced an unprecedented number of emergencies and disasters. As these climate-driven natural disasters become more severe in California, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) staff has met each new challenge head-on.

The nearly 2,000 staff at Cal OES have responded to increasingly complex disasters in fresh and innovative ways, strengthening the foundation of emergency management to prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

Meet Star Cochran, an Accounting Officer within the Travel Unit at Cal OES. The work she does supports the ability of Cal OES employees to travel across the state in response to and during the recovery of major incidents. Her work also ensures accuracy and proper auditing of all employee travel claims.

“One of the best parts about working here is also working with my unit. The comradery and just the unity between us is good. When disaster hits, things are hectic, so we step up and help each other,” Cochran said.

Cochran previously worked in the non-profit sector, helping veterans gain success in entrepreneurship.