Capitol Staff

Sean MacNeil, Chief of Staff & Communications Director
As Chief of Staff, Sean manages the staff and oversees the operations of the entire office to ensure that all goals and priorities are met. Sean also handles media inquiries as well as other communications duties. Sean has worked in the Legislature since 1998 for former Assemblymembers Helen Thomson, Noreen Evans, and Michael Allen and for former Assemblymember and Senator Patricia Wiggins. He has served in the capacity of Chief of Staff since 2002. Sean graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1998 with degrees in History and Political Science. He lives in Napa County with his wife Lisa, daughters Mai-Ly and Lily, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy.

Email: sean.macneil@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, State Budget, Budget Sub-Committee #3

Guy Strahl, Legislative Director
As Legislative Director, Guy is responsible for assisting Assemblymember Bloom in the development of his legislative priorities, advising on policy committee and floor votes and ensuring legislative deadlines are met. Guy also manages and assigns various duties to the legislative staff. Guy has worked in the Legislature since 2003 as a senior level policy consultant for former Assemblymembers Julia Brownley and Jackie Goldberg. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1999 with a degree in Biology. Guy lives in Sacramento with his partner Terry and their two Labrador Retrievers, Nelson and Winnie.

Email: guy.strahl@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Budget, Budget Sub-Committee #3, Education, Housing, Judiciary, Local Government, Judicial Council, Natural Resources, Transportation, Water, Parks & Wildlife, District Cities and LGBT Issues

Annie Chou, Legislative Assistant
As Legislative Assistant, Annie is responsible for developing and managing legislation authored by Assemblymember Bloom, as well as monitoring and analyzing legislation in her assigned policy area.  Annie has worked for a long line of Bay Area members starting from 2011 and has defected from her roots to work for Assemblymember Bloom.  A scientist by education, Annie graduated from Denison University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and minors in Geology and Music.  Annie loves bikes, brunch, baking, and her black cat named Kitkat.

Email: annie.chou@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Appropriations, Arts, Business & Professions, Governmental Organization, Jewish Caucus, Labor & Employment, Public Safety, Veterans Affairs and Campus Climate

Nardos Girma, Legislative Assistant
As Legislative Assistant, Nardos is responsible for developing and managing legislation authored by Assemblymember Bloom, as well as monitoring and analysing legislation in her assigned policy area. She also manages Assemblymember Bloom’s social media outreach and handles media inquiries and other communications duties. Nardos began working in the Capitol during college, as an intern for Senator Ted Lieu. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s staff, Nardos worked as an Assembly Fellow for Assemblymember Mike Gatto. Nardos graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in African Studies. She lives in Sacramento, where you can often find her pedalling around on her bike.

Email: nardos.girma@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Elections, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, Health, Human Services, Insurance, Jobs, PERS, Transportation and Women’s Issues

Andrew Aldama, Legislative Assistant/Caseworker 
As Caseworker and Office Manager, Andrew assists constituents with various disputes involving state agencies such as unemployment or disability insurance, veteran’s benefits, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Franchise Tax Board and manages many administrative responsibilities. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s office, Andrew interned for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her Washington, D.C. office. Andrew graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013 with a degree in Politics and lives in Los Angeles.

Email: andrew.aldama@asm.ca.gov

Policy Areas: Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Higher Education, Privacy, Revenue and Taxation 

Tricia Lipper, Scheduler
As Scheduler, Tricia is the “gatekeeper” in the office and is responsible for managing all meeting requests, community appearances, or mandatory legislative time commitments for Assemblymember Bloom. She formerly worked at the Sacramento office of Rose and Kindel Grayling as Executive Assistant where she managed scheduling for both their legislative lobbying and public relations teams. Tricia also worked in the Office of the Chancellor for the California Community College system in Sacramento, supporting the Vice President of Government Relations. Tricia is a native of Sacramento and is pursuing a degree in political science.

Email: tricia.lipper@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Aging and Long Term Care, Disability