Rita L. Saenz

Director of the Employment Development Department

Rita L. Saenz, 71, of Sacramento, has been appointed Director of the Employment Development Department. Saenz was a Consultant at Saenz and Associates from 2016 to 2020. She held several positions at the Xerox Corporation from 2007 to 2016, including Director of California Governmental Affairs and Director of Communications. At Affiliated Computer Services she was Western Regional Director of Health and Human Services from 2007 to 2009. She was Chief Executive Officer at the Academy for Coaching Excellence from 2004 to 2007, Director at the California Department of Social Services from 1998 to 2004 and Chief Executive Officer at Maria Nemeth Associates LLC from 1983 to 1998. Saenz served in several positions in the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 1981 to 1983, including Appointments Secretary and Special Assistant to Appointments. She was Director of the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from 1978 to 1981.