Diane Cummins currently serves as Special Advisor to the Governor on state-local realignment issues. Prior to her retirement in December 2008, she was the Chief Fiscal Policy Advisor to the President pro tem of the State Senate, a position she held since January, 1999.Previously, she was the Chief Deputy Director for Budgets in the Department of Finance. As part of her 21-year career in the Department of Finance, she held numerous positions and specialized in local government and health and human services issues. She was the key Department of Finance staff person on the 1991 Realignment, the 1997 assumption of state trial court funding and the 1997 welfare reform effort that resulted in the CalWORKs program.
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