The governor announced the appointments of 51-year-old Kimberly Belshe, his cabinet secretary for health and human services, and 50-year-old Susan Kennedy, his chief of staff, on Friday to the five-member California Health Benefit Exchange.
The exchange is responsible for creating an Internet-based marketplace where consumers can shop for health insurance.
Belshe, a Republican, was director of the state's Department of Health Services under Gov. Pete Wilson.
Kennedy, a Democrat, has previously served on the California Public Utilities Commission.
Another two members of the exchange's board will be appointed by the Legislature.