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Navy Veteran Lindsey Sin is the new CalVet Secretary

May 29, 2023

Congratulations to Lindsey Sin, who has been selected by California Governor Gavin Newsom as the new CalVet Secretary. Sin brings extensive experience to the role. She has served as CalVet Deputy Secretary of Communications since November 30, 2020. She previously served as Acting Deputy Secretary of Communications since 2018 and as Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs since November 2011. Sin is the first woman to serve as Secretary of CalVet since the appointment of Virginia Mae Days as Director in 1975

“Lindsey is the definition of a public servant – never losing sight of who she is serving, and tireless in pursuing her mission,” said Governor Newsom. “She has dedicated over two decades of her career to our country and this state as an officer in the US Navy and a leader for veterans. She has delivered unprecedented resources to the California veterans’ community, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion for the needs of our women veterans. Lindsey’s unwavering care and compassion will make her a trusted leader to serve as CalVet Secretary, representing the largest population of veterans in our country.”

Lindsey Sin, of Sacramento, has been appointed as the Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, where she has served in several roles since 2011, including Deputy Secretary of Communications and Deputy Secretary of Women Veterans Affairs. She was a Veterans Benefits Advisor at California State University, Sacramento from 2010 to 2011. Sin was Lead Veterans Affairs Coordinator at American River College from 2008 to 2010. She served as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive in the Arabic language at the rank of Petty Officer First Class with Naval Aviation Warfare and Naval Aircrew designations in the United States Navy from 1997 to 2005. Sin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from Drexel University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $232,858. Sin is a Democrat.