September 13, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints
New Director of Nutrition Services Division
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the appointment of Sandip Kaur as the new Director of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Nutrition Services Division.
"Sandip brings a wealth of experience into her new leadership position at the Department, and I appreciate the hard work she has already put in to help make sure California's children have access to nutritious meals," said Torlakson. "She'll play a key role in carrying out our Team California for Healthy Kids initiative designed to help children develop the habits that will make them healthier in school and throughout their lives."
Kaur has been the acting Director of the Division for more than a year and replaces newly-retired Director Phyllis Bramson. Bramson had a distinguished career in state government for 31 years. This includes her eight years of service with the Nutrition Services Division where she provided leadership and management of three complex and highly visible state nutrition automated systems, two of which won state best practice awards.
Kaur started working in the Division in 2004 as a high level manager. The cornerstone of her experience was the initiation and completion of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System, which is a Web-based system that modernized how local sponsors of federal food programs submit and track the status of their applications, claims, changes, and U.S. Department of Agriculture food orders to the CDE. Kaur was also responsible for making the Division's Food Distribution Program more cost effective for sponsors and competitive with private food distribution companies.
Kaur has nearly 28 years of experience working in California state government, including stints in the Department of Food and Agriculture, Department of Personnel Administration, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
For more information on how CDE helps schools, child care programs, and other community programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children, please visit the CDE's Nutrition - Learning Support Web page.