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, children Mai-Ly, Lily, and Jack, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy.
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.
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.
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.
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 Legislative Assistant, 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.
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.
Policy areas: Aging and Long Term Care, Disability
Josh Kurpies, District Director
As District Director, Josh is responsible for managing the daily activities of the district staff while also serving as the chief representative at meetings and other community events when Assemblymember Bloom is in Sacramento. Josh also assists constituents and community groups with projects that have a community benefit or impact. Previously, Josh worked as a Scheduler and Legislative Aide to then Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. Josh has also served as Special Assistant to former Governor Gray Davis and as Council Deputy to then West Hollywood Mayor, Jeffrey Prang during which time he also served on the West Hollywood Public Facilities Commission & Rent Stabilization Commission. Josh studied Political Science at the California State University, Fullerton, lives in West Hollywood, and runs marathons to raise money for the AIDS Project Los Angeles where he has raised $15,000 to date.
Policy areas: Banking & Finance, Business, Housing, Jobs and Economic Development, Insurance, Labor, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Local Government, Judiciary and Transportation.
Tim Pershing, Senior Field Representative
As a Senior Field Representative, Tim represents Assemblymember Bloom at assigned meetings or community events throughout the district and also assists constituents and community groups with projects that have a community benefit or impact. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom's office, Tim worked as a Field Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Tim has also served as the Political Analyst for the International Mission to Monitor the 2006 Haitian Elections and as the Senior Field Researcher for the International Crisis Group. For nearly 20 years, Tim was a consultant for various Haiti-based nonprofits. He has also worked as a photojournalist and writer covering the Balkans, Haiti, the U.S – Mexico border, environmental issues and U.S. politics. Tim has a doctorate degree from Brandeis University and lives in Topanga with his wife and children.
Policy areas: Conservation, Energy & Utilities, Arts & Entertainment, Elections, Fire & Disaster Management, International Affairs, Land Use (Rural), Natural Resources, Public Safety, State Parks, Toxic Substance Control, and Water.
Melissa Kaufler, Field Representative
As a Field Representative, Melissa represents Assemblymember Bloom at assigned meetings and community events throughout the district and also assists constituents and community groups with projects that have a community benefit or impact. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s office, Melissa worked for the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office. Before that, she worked for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and served as an assistant for now-California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman. Melissa earned degrees in Political Science and Film Studies at Loyola Marymount University in 2014 before going on to earn her Master of Arts in Gothic Culture at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham in London, England. She currently lives in Hollywood.
Policy Areas: Healthcare, Religious Issues, Hate Crimes, Social Services, Seniors & Aging, K-12 Education, Veterans, Women's Issues
Position Filled (starting July 30th), Field Representative (please check back soon on information and issue assignments for our newest staff member)
Policy Areas: TBD
Stewart Lozano, Office Assistant
As the Office Assistant, Stewart helps manage the daily administration of the District Office which includes assisting constituents and directing them to appropriate staff member most appropriate to assist on an issue, collecting information necessary for new and existing cases for our Caseworker. Stewart coordinates our District Office Internship Program, helping to supervise interns, assigning projects and ensure District Office interns, project assignment and helping to ensure interns' experience is positive, educational and valuable to their future careers.
Policy Areas: Constituent Services, Internship Coordination, Office Administration.