District Staff

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.

Email: josh.kurpies@asm.ca.gov

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.

Email: tim.pershing@asm.ca.gov

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.

Tim Harter, 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 in the Arizona State Legislature handling constituent affairs. Tim graduated from Arizona State University in 2009 with a degree in Political Science and lives in Santa Monica.

Email: tim.harter@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Transportation, Housing, Planning/Land Use (Urban Areas), Public Safety, Public Works, and Redevelopment.

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.

Email: melissa.kaufler@asm.ca.gov

Policy Areas: Healthcare, Religious Issues, Hate Crimes, Social Services, Seniors & Aging, K-12 Education, Veterans, Women's Issues