State Treasurer Fiona Ma Appoints Joe DeAnda Director of Communications


State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the appointment of Joe DeAnda as Director of Communications for the State Treasurer’s Office (STO).

As Director of Communications, DeAnda will lead all communications efforts for the State Treasurer, the STO, and its many financing boards, commissions, and authorities. In the role he will develop and execute strategic messaging campaigns, manage the Treasurer’s public engagement efforts across the state, and serve as the office’s main point of contact for the media.

DeAnda has nearly two decades of public affairs and media relations experience and joins the STO from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where he led the pension fund’s external communications efforts as Assistant Division Chief in the Office of Public Affairs since 2017. Previously, he was appointed by Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. to serve as the Deputy Director for Communications at the California Department of Human Resources from 2016-2017. He also held public information officer roles at CalPERS and the STO from 2007-2016 and worked on then-California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s campaign for state treasurer from 2004-2007.

DeAnda is a member of the City of West Sacramento Planning Commission and a previous member of its Economic Development Advisory Commission. He also served as a trustee on the governing board of Reclamation District 900.

DeAnda received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University


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