Oakland woman named to workers’ comp post

Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday named an Oakland woman as administrative director of the state Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Rosa Moran, 50, a Democrat, has served as a workers’ compensation judge since 2005, and earlier was an attorney in private practice from 1988 to 2005. She’s a member of the Oakland Bench and Bar Association, the Filipina Women’s Network, the University of San Francisco Alumni Association, and the University of the Pacific Alumni Association.

If confirmed by the state Senate, Moran will receive an annual salary of $132,179.

The division monitors the administration of workers’ compensation claims, and provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise in connection with such claims.

The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, representing attorneys who represent Californians making workers’ compensation claims, praised the appointment this morning.

“CAAA is pleased that the governor has appointed a new Administrative Director,” Adam Dombchik, the CAAA’s legislative chair, said in a news release. “We are glad that the DWC will have a new, full-time AD, as there is work to be done in the DWC. We look forward to working with AD Moran and the DWC and the Department of Industrial Relations to continue to improve the system for workers and employers.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.