Governor Newsom appoints Andi Mudryk as Chief Deputy Director

Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Andi Mudryk as the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).

Mudryk has over 30 years in leadership positions of programs that benefit people with disabilities. She has a strong understanding of the challenges that Californians with disabilities face, including stigma and discrimination; of the federal and state programs that affect people with disabilities; and the non-profit networks that serve individuals with disabilities. In her role with various non-profit organizations, she has consistently advocated for legislation that benefited the disability community and collaborated with executives in various state departments.  

Since 2018, Mudryk has provided important input and recommendations for public policy, legislation, and use of federal and state funds for DOR. During the COVID-19 crisis, she has been Acting Chief Deputy Director and has demonstrated leadership skills over every facet of DOR’s operations to ensure our services to consumers continued relatively seamlessly, while minimizing risk to the greatest extent possible to our staff.  

Working closely with Director Joe Xavier in serving on the Governor’s Disability and Inclusion Task Force to improve diversity in state government, Mudryk contributes to DOR’s and the Administration’s priority of diversity in state service, consistent with a California for All. As a transgender woman with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disorder), she models the success and contributions of diversity.  

Read Governor Newsom’s official Press Release below:  “Andi Mudryk, 56, of Sacramento, has been appointed chief deputy director at the California Department of Rehabilitation. Mudryk has served as chief counsel at the California Department of Rehabilitation since 2018 and as acting chief deputy director since 2020. She was director of litigation and policy advocacy at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County from 2017 to 2018. Mudryk was executive director at Disability Rights Advocates in 2017. She has held several positions at Disability Rights California from 2006 to 2017, including deputy director, director of litigation and managing attorney. Mudryk was director of litigation and advocacy at the Arizona Center for Disability Law from 2002 to 2006. Mudryk earned a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $183,396. Mudryk is a Democrat.” 

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