Our Promise Leadership


Our Promise Leadership

Our Promise support includes representatives from all areas of state leadership. View inspiring messages from Our Promise leadership.

Post July 2021

Our Promise Co-Chairs Announced
GovOps Secretary Yolanda Richardson Joins California's Chief Service Office Josh Fryday to Lead the 2021 Campaign

Our Promise Co-Chairs Announced

Our Promise California State Employees Giving at Work is pleased to announce our 2021 Campaign Co-Chairs: Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers Josh Fryday and Secretary Yolanda Richardson of California Government Operations. This marks the second year for Fryday, who chaired the event last year and the first for Richardson.

Post August 2020

Our Promise 2020: Keeping California Strong for All
Gearing Up to Launch in September

Our Promise 2020: Keeping California Strong for All

Our Promise, the largest annual fundraising campaign for State employees is launching in September. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, State agencies and departments are working to ensure that every State employee is given an informed and educated opportunity to donate to qualified non-profits throughout California.

Post July 2020

Our Promise Campaign Announces New Chair
California's Chief Service Office Josh Fryday Leads Effort to Support Nonprofits

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Our Promise: California State Employees Giving at Work is delighted to announce the appointment of Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer at California Volunteers as the new Chair of the 2020 campaign.

“Our Promise is honored to have Mr. Fryday’s leadership,” says Tabitha Angel, Director of Our Promise. “We know his passion for service will help us connect and inspire more state employees through these unprecedented times.”

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The Man Behind Our Promise

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Intent on honoring the man who began Our Promise (formerly California State Employees Charitable Campaign or CSEECC), we wandered the halls of the California State Archives in search of the ghost of Our Promise past. With hope and determination, and a little dusting off of the old record books, of course, we were able to re-discover the man who started it all. A man with a long history of charity and community action and involvement. A man by the name of Augustus F. Hawkins.


Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent

“The many non-profits supported through Our Promise are needed more than ever as people struggle through these troubled times. I am proud to say that state employees are known for their unfailing support of worthy causes; their generosity to this annual campaign has touched many lives. We are most fortunate to have Our Promise as a vehicle by which we can contribute to the well-being of those less fortunate and make our communities better places to live for all.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson


Secretary Marybel Batjer
Government Operations Agency

“California state employees continue to make a difference through the Our Promise Campaign. As we kick off the 60th anniversary of the campaign, I encourage every state employee to consider making a donation and a difference in lives of our fellow Californians.”
Secretary Marybel Batjer, Government Operations Agency


Dr. Richard Pan
State Senator

“I am proud of the commitment made by California State Employees to build stronger communities not only through your work at the state, but also by your charitable contributions to Our Promise. Your contributions are making an impact on the community priorities of increasing high school graduation rates, healthier lifestyles, and promoting financial literacy and independence.  Your dedication to our community builds a healthier Sacramento and California.”

– State Senator Dr. Richard Pan