STEVE GORDON, Director
Steve Gordon was appointed Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles by Governor Newsom in July 2019. Steve Gordon is a versatile leader with more than 30 years of experience building, integrating, debugging and operating high-profile businesses for market leaders in high-tech and life sciences using vision, strategy and execution with passion for Fortune 500 clients. Steve has spent most of the last three decades leading various global services businesses at Cisco Systems and, most recently, global business services at Becton, Dickinson and Company. At BD, Steve ran service operations for the GBS organization and led the transformation to take advantage of modern tools and technologies, including robotics, to scale BD’s shared services organization.
KATHLEEN K. WEBB, Chief Deputy Director
Kathleen K. Webb was appointed as the DMV’s Chief Deputy Director by Governor Newsom in July 2019, after serving as the acting Director for five months. Webb comes to the department from the Government Operations Agency (GovOps) where she is the Director of Performance Improvement for the Eureka Institute. In this role, she is leading efforts to launch a data-driven performance improvement framework that integrates planning with process improvement and innovation to achieve better results for Californians. These efforts include the development of the California Lean Academy and California Leadership Academy.
Webb’s previous public service experience includes: Assistant Secretary for the GovOps Agency, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for CalPERS, Director of Policy and Risk Management for California Correctional Health Care Services, Deputy Director for the Department of General Services, and Director for the Governor’s Office of the Insurance Advisor. She also held multiple positions with State Farm Insurance from 1986 to 2006, including agency, claims management, and legislative affairs.
Webb earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from University of California, Berkeley and a Charter Property & Casualty Underwriter professional designation.
TAMMA ADAMEK, Assistant Chief Deputy Director
Tamma Adamek was appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Motor Vehicles in September 2019. Adamek was assistant secretary for communications at the Government Operations Agency and served on the DMV Reinvention Strike Team since 2019. She was deputy director for external affairs and media relations at the California Complete Count – Census 2020 from 2018 to 2019, deputy director of communications at the Financial Information System for California from 2016 to 2018, internal communications manager at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System from 2015 to 2016 and supervising public information officer at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control from 2012 to 2015. Adamek was features editor at the Sacramento Bee from 2009 to 2012, where she was assistant metro editor from 2005 to 2009. She was assistant city editor at the Fresno Bee from 2003 to 2005 and city editor at the Stockton Record from 1999 to 2003.
ANITA GORE, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs
Anita Gore was appointed Deputy Director of Communications by Governor Newsom in July 2019. Gore has been a communications consultant at the California Department of Public Health since 2016. She was deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs at the California Department of Public Health from 2011 to 2016 and deputy director of the External Affairs Department at the California State Board of Equalization from 2004 to 2011. Gore was public affairs director for the California Department of Conservation in 2004, assistant director of communications at the California Department of Finance from 2002 to 2004 and assistant secretary of external affairs for the California Health and Human Services Agency from 1994 to 2002. Gore was deputy director of communications for the California Employment Development Department from 1991 to 1994 and assistant press secretary in the Office of the Governor from 1990 to 1991.
CYNTHIA MORENO, Assistant Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs
Cynthia Moreno was appointed Assistant Deputy Director of Communications by Governor Newsom in July 2019. Moreno has been a creative content producer for the California State Assembly since 2018. She was communications director for the California State Senate from 2017 to 2018 and capitol political correspondent for the McClatchy Company from 2012 to 2017, where she was a general assignment reporter from 2010 to 2012. Moreno was a news reporter for Telemundo in 2015, a special assignment reporter for Azteca America from 2010 to 2012 and communications director at the Community Water Center from 2009 to 2010. She was breaking news, features and political reporter for the Daily Californian from 2007 to 2009. Moreno is a member of the Capitol Correspondents Association of California, the Sacramento Press Club and the California Latino Capitol Association.
C. DAVID JOHNSON, Deputy Director, Legislative Office
C. David Johnson was appointed Deputy Director of Legislation by Governor Newsom in July 2019. Johnson has been legislative director at the Department of Toxic Substances Control since 2016. He was legislative director in the Office of Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas from 2014 to 2016. Johnson was deputy legislative counsel in the Office of Legislative Counsel from 2011 to 2014, an assembly fellow in the Office of Assemblymember Steven Bradford from 2010 to 2011 and a student legal intern at Morgan Stanley Japan Securities Co., Ltd in 2010. Johnson was a law student counselor at the Entrepreneurship Legal Clinic in 2009 and a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in 2009 and at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in 2008. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Master of Arts degree in government and politics from St. John’s University.
ROBERT CROCKETT, Deputy Director, Administrative Services Division
Robert Crockett was appointed in June 2018. The Administrative Services Deputy Director oversees seven branches with more than 600 employees who are responsible for administrative support, business management, departmental training, financial services, budgets, facilities, and human resources.
Crockett served as an Accounting Technician at the Department of Food and Agriculture before joining DMV in October 1998. He held a variety of positions in the department’s accounting office, including Accountant Trainee, Accounting Officer Supervisor, and Staff Administrative Analyst of Accounting Systems. From July 2007 through February 2011, Crockett took on the role of Assistant Division Chief before becoming Chief of the Budgets & Fiscal Analysis Branch from March 2011 through June 2018.
Crockett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Sacramento.
SONIA HUESTIS, Deputy Director, Customer Services Division
Sonia Huestis took on the role of Acting Deputy Director of the Customer Services Division (CSD) beginning October 2016 and was officially appointed to the position in February 2018. The Deputy Director is responsible for the department’s customer communication areas, which consist of the contact centers, website and information release areas.
Huestis joined DMV in July 2016 when she was appointed Assistant Chief Deputy Director. Previously, she was Deputy Appointment Secretary at the Governor’s Office. She also served in multiple positions at the California State Controller’s Office beginning in 2000, including Section Chief for the Operations Support Unit, Staff Services Manager II for the Unclaimed Property System Replacement Project, Staff Services Manager I in the Reporting Services Unit, and Staff Services Analyst.
Huestis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Vacant, Deputy Director, Enterprise Risk Management
COLEEN SOLOMON, Deputy Director, Field Operations Division
Coleen Solomon was appointed in December 2018. The Field Operations Deputy Director is responsible for the overall management and operation of the Field Operations Division (FOD), which include the development and implementation of policies and procedures to support the department’s mission critical programs of vehicle registration, driver licensing and related services to the public.
Solomon served as a Criminal Identification Specialist at the Department of Justice from December 1993 until November 1997, when she joined DMV as a Driver Safety Hearing Officer. She held several leadership positions in her 16-year tenure with the Driver Safety Branch and became Chief of the Driver Licensing Branch in November 2013, filling that role until she moved on to FOD as the Assistant Deputy Director in the fall of 2018.
Solomon has served as Chair of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Problem Driver Pointer System/National Driver Registry Working Group and the Region IV Representative of the AAMVA Driver Standing Committee. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Science in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University.
RICO RUBIONO, Deputy Director, Information Systems Division
Rico Rubiono was appointed in November 2016. As Chief Information Officer, he oversees DMV’s Information Systems Division (ISD), which includes implementing the department’s information technology, and coordinating infrastructure and service delivery across DMV. Rico is responsible for managing the Information Technology (IT) budget and actively leading approximately five hundred IT staff at DMV.
Rubiono was Deputy Director of the Communication Programs Division for one year before being called on to lead ISD. He began his state service in the division, holding various positions throughout a 28-year career, including developer, database administrator, application development manager, and as technical delivery manager for multiple major IT projects. Rubiono was also Chief of the Information Technology Services Branch.
Rubiono is a graduate of the DMV Leadership Development Academy.
TOM WILSON, Deputy Director, Investigations Division
Thomas Wilson was appointed in August 2018. As Deputy Director and Chief, he provides oversight and direction for the Investigations Division (INV), which conducts complex criminal, administrative, and civil investigations involving identity theft, financial fraud, document counterfeiting, employee fraud, and illegal odometer and vehicle identification alterations.
Previously, Wilson served as the Deputy Chief of Region I from August 2016 to August 2018. From January 2011 through July 2016, he served as Central Area Commander over Stockton, Fresno and Bakersfield. Wilson was Supervising Investigator of the Fresno District Office from June 2004 to January 2011 and began his tenure with INV as an Investigator in April 2000. Before DMV, Tom was a police officer and detective for the city of Kingsburg.
Wilson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Wilmington University and is also a graduate of the UC Davis Executive Leadership Development Academy, the California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the 18-month POST Command College for law enforcement executives. Wilson possesses POST basic, intermediate, advanced, supervisory, and management certificates and, in 2018, he completed the Executive Development Course that is required to attain the final POST Executive Certificate.
BRIAN G. SOUBLET, Deputy Director, Legal Affairs Division
Brian G. Soublet was appointed Deputy Director and Chief Counsel by Governor Brown in August 2014. As Deputy Director of the Legal Affairs Division (LAD), he is responsible for the management of LAD’s team of 21 attorneys and 30 support staff. Their duties include: handling all occupational licensee disciplinary administrative proceedings, all litigation involving the suspension or revocation of driver licenses, review of all departmental contracts, providing legal opinions and advice to the department’s executive management on policy and procedure and tort litigation, providing legal analysis of proposed legislation, and processing the department’s regulatory proposals.
Soublet became Assistant Chief Counsel of Legal Affairs in May 2003 and was named Acting Deputy Director in November of that year. Before joining the department, he served as Staff Counsel, Assistant Chief Counsel, and Chief Counsel at the Department of Insurance from October 1992 to April 2003.
From October 2014 to August 2018, Soublet served as Legal Services Representative of the Vehicle Standing Committee, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco.
KARI JOHNSON, Deputy Director, Licensing Operations Division
Kari Johnson was appointed Deputy Director of the Licensing Operations Division in March 2020. Kari started her career with the DMV in 2015 as an Attorney IV in the Legal Affairs Division specializing in program areas that included regulations, Occupational Licensing, and Motor Voter matters. Before joining the DMV, Kari led the digital transformation of the case management, calendaring and document management operations of the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board as its Executive Officer. She also represented the Board as an attorney prior to her leadership role.
Prior to joining State service, Kari practiced civil law, workers compensation law, and taught Legal Process at McGeorge for five years. She began her legal career in Arizona as in-house Managing Trial Counsel for EBI Companies where she co-managed the claims department and lead the litigation team.
Kari earned her Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law, and her Bachelors Degree from UCLA. She is a native of Sacramento.
BERNARD SORIANO, Deputy Director, Registration Operations Division
Bernard Soriano was appointed in August 2019. The Registration Operations Division (ROD) Deputy Director is responsible for oversight of DMV’s vehicle registration program, which includes vehicle registration and titling, motor carrier permitting, clean air decals, special plates, and disability parking. The division also oversees several public-private partnerships, including oversight of the Electronic Lien and Titling Program, Business Partner Automation Program, and Automobile Clubs. ROD manages DMV’s relationships with the Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization, Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Bureau of Automotive Repair, and Air Resources Board. ROD’s staff also oversees the state’s Alternative Registration Products pilot, which includes digital license plates and registration documents accessed through a mobile device.
Soriano joined the DMV in December 2004 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Director of the Information Systems Division. He has been serving as the Deputy Director of the Enterprise Risk Management Division since 2012. Before joining the department, he served as the CIO for the California Secretary of State and CalFire. In the private sector, Soriano held technical and management positions at Hughes Space & Communications, where he worked on satellite control systems and participated in their launch missions. He was also the assistant technical director at the USGA Research and Test Center. Soriano was an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Sacramento, where he taught in the College of Engineering and in the College of Business Administration. Soriano was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was a finalist in the NASA astronaut program.
Soriano has a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.