Our Promise Leadership


Our Promise Leadership

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


Letter from the Our Promise Chair & Co-Vice Chairs
Tom Torlakson, Secretary Marybel Batjer, Marcie Frost

Tom Torlakson

Dear Golden State Employees:

We have some exciting new developments in the Our Promise Campaign! First and foremost, we are celebrating 60 years of Our Promise, which is the single largest effort among state employees to support charitable programs. Second, this year we are honored to have two Co-Vice Chairs in joining our efforts—Marybel Batjer, Secretary of Government Operations and Marcie Frost, CEO, CalPERS.


Our Promise Leadership Team

The Statewide Leadership Team is appointed by the Secretary, agency-level leaders whom are responsible for top-level leadership and inspiration in the implementation and execution of the Our Promise campaign.

From recruiting Department Chairs to mentoring fellow California state employees, these champions play a critical role in this initiative.

For 2017, the Our Promise Leadership Team has 40 individual representing over 22 agencies and departments throughout the state.


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


Dave Jones
Insurance Commissioner

“This campaign gives our state employees an opportunity to extend their generosity and kindness to fellow Californians in need. I was honored to be the Our Promise Chair of the Legislative Offices in prior years, and I am excited to be back on the campaign. The altruistic efforts of these contributors are truly inspirational.”
Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones


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