Portrait of Monica HassanMonica Hassan was appointed deputy director of public affairs on June 1, 2017. Prior to that, she was the Governor-appointed director of external affairs at CaliforniaVolunteers, Office of the Governor. 
 
She also worked in various capacities throughout the state, including working as a public information officer for the Department of General Services, legislative coordinator and training program officer within the Department of Justice, and a research analyst and facilities/leasing representative within the Employment Development Department. 
 
She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from CSU Sacramento, and earned her Master of Science degree with a concentration in Strategic Communication and Public Relations from Purdue University.
 
She is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member for her local city, a volunteer for her local police department, and a volunteer with the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support.