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Agency Names Branch Chief With Background in Innovation, Strategic Planning

Prerna Mahajan told Techwire: “I’m super excited about my new role to collaboratively work with multidisciplinary teams across CDSS, control agencies and stakeholders to provide effective project management and deliver innovative solutions to better serve the lives of Californians.”

Prerna Mahajan has been appointed by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) as the branch chief of the Project Oversight and Strategic Technologies Branch, part of the Information Systems Division.

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Prerna Mahajan
Mahajan has 18 years of experience in portfolio and project management, IT innovation and strategic planning. The Roseville resident joined the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) in October 2018 after 15 years in the private sector, and acted in a dual-role capacity as Portfolio Management branch chief and Enterprise Human Resources (EntHR) program manager. In that role, she formulated the IT strategy and the project management center of excellence and implemented multiple statewide projects for HR automation.

In the private sector, Mahajan has led and managed multiple large-scale IT projects for successful execution and delivery for various state departments including California, Texas, Oregon and South Carolina.

“I’m super excited about my new role to collaboratively work with multidisciplinary teams across CDSS, control agencies and stakeholders to provide effective project management and deliver innovative solutions to better serve the lives of Californians,” Mahajan told Techwire.

In addition to her new role with CDSS, Mahajan mentors many as a member of global Women in Technology forums; diversity and inclusion committees; and statewide leadership academies.

“I have a passion to serve and mentor others,” she said.
Dennis Noone is Managing Editor of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in the Northern California foothills.