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Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board Members

The governing body of the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (Board) consists of three members: the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency who serves as the chair, the State Controller, and a public member appointed by the Governor. The three-member Board provides oversight for the many programs and functions entrusted to this department within California's Government Operations Agency.

Marybel Batjer, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency and Board Chairperson

Marybel Batjer, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency and Board ChairpersonMarybel Batjer is Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency (CalGovOps). She was appointed to the post by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in June 2013 to serve as the first-ever Secretary of CalGovOps. The agency was established as part of Brown's comprehensive overhaul of state government and is responsible for administering state operations including procurement, real estate, information technology, and human resources.

Prior to her appointment, Batjer served as vice president of public policy and corporate social responsibility for Caesars Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest gaming-entertainment company. In this role, she developed and promoted corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy and initiatives for the company and counseled its senior executive team on issues pertaining to reputation-management, public policy and government relations.

Before joining Caesars in January 2005, Batjer held senior leadership posts in the executive branches of two state governments, as well as key advisory roles in two U.S. presidential administrations and at the Pentagon.

From 2003 to 2005, she was Cabinet Secretary to the Governor of the State of California, where she served as chief policy advisor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed the activities of the governor's 13 cabinet secretaries. Earlier, Batjer was Chief of Staff to Gov. Kenny Guinn of Nevada. She has also served as Undersecretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and as Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

In the George H.W. Bush administration, Batjer was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy, a position she attained after a successful tenure in the Reagan White House, where she served as the President's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Security Council, and as Assistant to Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger and Deputy Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci.

In addition, Batjer was Director of Political Planning for the National Women's Political Caucus. She is the former Vice-Chair of the State of Nevada's Colorado River Commission, the Past Chair of the National Judicial College Board of Trustees, member of the Nevada Museum of Art Board of Directors, Board of Directors Desert Research Institute Foundation, and Board Member of the Nevada Woman's Fund.

Batjer received her bachelor's degree from Mills College in California and studied international public policy at the graduate level at Johns Hopkins University. She also studied national and international security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She currently resides in Sacramento.

John Chiang, California Controller and Board Member

Board Member John ChiangState Controller John Chiang serves as an ex officio member of the board.

Mr. Chiang was elected in November 2006 to serve as California’s Chief Financial Officer.

As State Controller, he presides over the Franchise Tax Board and is a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Board. These two funds have a combined portfolio of $300 billion. As one of California’s twelve constitutional officers, Mr. Chiang is the highest-ranking Asian-American officeholder in the continental United States.

Mr. Chiang brings extensive experience and fiscal leadership to the Office of the State Controller. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998. Since then, he has led with innovative and groundbreaking taxpayer-friendly services like the State’s free income tax return preparation service, ReadyReturn. As a member of the Board of Equalization, Mr. Chiang represented 73 cities in Los Angeles County, including the City of Los Angeles. He was elected to his second four-year term in 2002. He has represented the Board of Equalization on the Franchise Tax Board and served as the chair of the Streamlined Sales Tax Project’s Board of Governors.

Strong in his belief that informed taxpayers make better decisions for the financial health of their families, businesses, and communities, Mr. Chiang has sponsored innovative tax seminars to guide small businesses, non-profit organizations and religious institutions in understanding the state and federal tax codes. These programs provided access to information and services for those without the time, expertise, or resources to study the laws, rules, and regulations applicable to their circumstances.

He has also boosted small businesses by sponsoring events featuring experts from various government agencies to explain in clear and concise language compliance issues, the latest tax laws, policies, rules, and regulations. These seminars provide entrepreneurs with the tools to grow their businesses and prosper.

Mr. Chiang has compiled an extraordinary record of public service going back decades. In recognition of his efforts, Mr. Chiang has received numerous awards and distinctions such as the 2006 Award for Excellence by a Government Official from the Los Angeles County Bar Association, two Congressional Record tributes, the Leadership Vanguard Award from the Millennium Momentum Foundation, the Minorities in Business Magazine Multi-Cultural Prism Award, the City of West Hollywood Leadership and Service Award, and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Award.

Mr. Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance, and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He began his career as a Tax Law Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and served as an attorney with the Office of the State Controller.

Michael A. Ramos, San Bernardino County District Attorney and Board Member

Board Member Michael RamosGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos to the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board on January 23, 2004. Mr. Ramos was elected district attorney in 2002. Previously, he served as a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino for 13 years, four of which were in the Major Crimes Unit.

In 2000, Mr. Ramos received the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program Victim Service Award, and in 1999 he received the Redlands Northside Impact Committee's Latino of the Year Award. He was also awarded the 1998 Mothers Against Drunk Drivers' Prosecutor of the Year Award.

Mr. Ramos was a member of the Board of Education for the Redlands Unified School District from 1995 to 2002. He also served in the San Bernardino County Probation Department as a group counselor and as a probation officer from 1980 to 1989.

Mr. Ramos earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Juris Doctorate from Citrus Belt Law School.