Marty Morgenstern was appointed to the Covered California Board of Directors by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on March 5, 2015. Previously, Gov. Brown appointed Morgenstern as secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, where he served for three years before retiring in 2013. In the first Brown administration in 1975, the governor appointed Morgenstern as director of the Governor's Office of Employee Relations and then as director of its successor organization, the Department of Personnel Administration (DPA). Before leaving office in 1982, Gov. Brown appointed Morgenstern to the Public Employment Relations Board. When his five-year term on the board expired, Morgenstern was selected, after a nationwide search, to be chair of the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
He retired from the center in 1994 to take on independent consulting on human resources, but when then-Gov. Gray Davis was elected, he asked Morgenstern to return to his old job as director of DPA. After Davis left office, Morgenstern resumed consulting and is currently serving in his third appointment as a human resources adviser at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). He is also serving as an unpaid senior adviser to the governor and currently serves on the Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board and the CAL Humanities Board.
Morgenstern's experience in labor relations began when he was a welfare worker in the East Harlem Welfare Center in 1964. He became shop steward and union delegate, head of the National Federation of Social Service Employees, and president of the New York City welfare workers union. Then the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) brought him to California as international union area director. While representing state employees, he met Gov. Brown, who proceeded to convince Morgenstern to come work in the governor’s office.
Morgenstern is a graduate of Hunter College, City University of New York, and has taught public sector labor relations at the University of Southern California Graduate School on Public Administration in Sacramento and at the University of California, Davis. He has also served on the board of the Labor Project for Working Families and the advisory board of the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education. He is married to Sylvia Pizzini, and they have three children and three grandchildren.