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He’s back: Marty Morgenstern named to health board

Marty Morgenstern negotiates a labor contract agreement with the California Department of Forestry at the Raddison hotel Thursday July 19, 2001.
Marty Morgenstern negotiates a labor contract agreement with the California Department of Forestry at the Raddison hotel Thursday July 19, 2001. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed longtime adviser Marty Morgenstern to the board of California’s health exchange, as two former Schwarzenegger administration officials’ terms expire, Brown’s office said Thursday.

Morgenstern and Genoveva Islas, a public health advocate from Tulare, replace Susan Kennedy and Kim Belshé.

The five-member board is charged with implementing the federal health care overhaul in California.

Morgenstern, 80, retired in 2013 as secretary of the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency but stayed on as an unpaid adviser to Brown. He served as chief labor negotiator for Brown when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983.

Islas, 46, has been program director at the Public Health Institute’s Cultiva La Salud, formerly the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, since 2006, according to Brown’s office.

The position pays a $100 per diem. Like Brown, both Morgenstern and Islas are Democrats.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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