Monica 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 member of the California Association of Public Information Officials, the National Association of Government Communicators, and the Public Relations Society of America. She is also a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.