The San Ramon Valley's Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) recently announced that she has appointed Erin Donnette as her new chief of staff.
Donnette had served as capitol director for Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, a Republican representing northeast San Diego County. As Baker's chief of staff, Donnette replaces Nanette Farag, who accepted a position as director of member services for the Assembly Republican Caucus.
"I'm very excited to be working for a NorCal member," Donnette said in an email. "Asm. Baker is dynamic, well respected and we share a lot of the same views. I consider myself very fortunate to have this opportunity."
Of her new chief of staff, Baker said, "Ms. Donnette is widely respected for her legislative and policy expertise and her solutions-oriented approach. She is a great addition to the team in service of Assembly District 16."
A Northern California native who grew up primarily in the Coloma Valley, Donnette earned a bachelor's degree from Sacramento State University.
Her other Assembly experience included working out of the Sacramento offices of members Martin Garrick and Shannon Grove. She also previously worked for Western Pacific Research, The Apex Group and The Department of Boating & Waterways.