Department of General Services
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Fred Klass director of the California Department of General Services on May 5, 2011.
Mr. Klass leads an organization that acts as the business manager for the state of California helping government better serve the public by providing services to state agencies including procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management, leasing and design services, environmentally friendly transportation, and architectural oversight and funding for the construction of safe schools.
Prior to leading DGS, Mr. Klass was the Chief Operating Officer for the California Department of Finance, where he worked for 26 years developing and administering budgets and policies for state programs in a wide variety of areas including natural resources, environmental protection, energy, capital outlay, courts, higher education, local government, and information technology.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Klass was responsible for coordinating the efforts of the department's various units and ensuring the efficient functioning of the organization.
During his 35 years of state service, Mr. Klass also served as a consultant to the state Senate Budget Committee, was the Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations for the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges, and evaluated governmental program effectiveness and efficiency for the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy (Little Hoover Commission).
Mr. Klass holds a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.