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Gov. Newsom Announces Appointment of JP Petrucione, Highest Ranking Transgender Appointee in California History
Equality California Congratulates Petrucione, Who Will Serve as Director of Digital Media
February 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

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February 14, 2019

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of JP Petrucione, 45, as director of digital media in the Office of the Governor Thursday, making Petrucione the highest ranking openly transgender appointee in state history. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization released the following statement from Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur:

“Equality California congratulates JP on this exciting appointment. The governor and the people of California will be well-served by his talents and the perspective he brings to work each day as an openly transgender man.

“Throughout history, LGBTQ people — and transgender people in particular — have been denied a seat at the table simply because of who were are whom we love. But in just one month, Governor Newsom has demonstrated the strength of his commitment to build an inclusive, people-powered administration that reflects the diversity of our great state.”

About JP Petrucione:

Petrucione was born and raised in San Francisco. He recently relocated to Sacramento from Portland, OR where he has lived for the last eight years. Most recently, Petrucione served as Global Digital Director for Public Policy at Airbnb from 2016-2018. Prior to that, he co-founded and was Managing Partner at Social Stream Media, a social media consulting firm, and worked as a consultant at Storefront Political Media in San Francisco. Petrucione also served as then-Mayor Newsom’s Deputy Communications Director from 2004-2007. Prior to joining Newsom’s mayoral administration, Petrucione was the Director of Scheduling on Newsom’s successful 2003 run for San Francisco mayor.

Background on LGBTQ Appointments:

In addition to Petrucione‘s appointment as Director of Digital Media, Governor Newsom’s office has appointed a number of openly LGBTQ leaders to high profile positions, including Ana J. Matosantos as cabinet secretary, Daniel Zingale as director of strategic communications and public engagement, Nathan Click as director of public affairs, Kris Perry as deputy secretary for early childhood development and senior advisor to the governor and Jesse Melgar as deputy director of public affairs. Melgar previously served as communications director for Equality California.

During Newsom’s transition period, he named three openly LGBTQ leaders to a panel of ambassadors  advising the governor on policy, strategy and personnel: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, former California Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and labor leader Laphonza Butler.

A key component of Equality California’s work to recruit and develop the next generation of LGBTQ leaders and increase representation of openly LGBTQ people at all levels of government is recommending qualified openly LGBTQ leaders for appointments to executive branch positions, judicial offices, and state boards and commissions. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply at eqca.org/appointments.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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