Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed a San Diego woman Tuesday to be the California Complete Count Committee’s tribal affairs specialist.

Kayla Olvera Hilario, 40, will assist the committee in ensuring that all residents of the state are counted during the 2020 census. The state has awarded millions of dollars in grants to local communities to help them conduct outreach for residents who are considered extremely hard to count due to factors like non-traditional living situations and language barriers.

Olvera Hilario is currently the Southern California American Indian Resource Center’s programs coordinator, a position she has held since 2015. Prior to that, she served as a child care coordinator for the state’s Inter-Tribal Council from 2002 to 2015. She has also served as a board member for the Tribal Child Care Association of California and the Ione Band of Miwok Indians’ election committee chair.

Olvera Hilario will receive $90,000 for her service with the committee. Her appointment does not require confirmation by the state Senate, according to the governor’s office.

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