My Staff

Capitol Staff

Guy Strahl, Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Guy manages the staff and oversees the operations of the entire office to ensure that all goals and priorities are met. Guy also handles media inquiries as well as other communications duties. 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, Rules, Housing, Natural Resources, Water, Parks & Wildlife, Locals (cities/metro), Jewish Caucus

Brady McCarthy, Legislative Director
As Legislative Director, Brady is  responsible for managing the legislative team and leading the development and management of legislation authored by Assemblymember Bloom, as well as overseeing the monitoring and analyzing of legislation. 

Email:  brady.mccarthy@asm.ca.gov

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Lenh Voong, Legislative Assistant

As Legislative Assistant, Lenh is responsible for developing and managing legislation authored by Assemblymember Bloom, as well as monitoring and analyzing legislation in her assigned policy area.  Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s staff, Lenh worked as an Administrative Intern in the Lynwood City Manager’s office.  Lenh graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2018 with a degree in Anthropology.

Email: lenh.voong@asm.ca.gov

Policy areas: Local Government, Governmental Organization, Veteran’s Affairs, Public Safety

Tricia Lipper, Legislative Assistant
As Legislative Assistant, Tricia staffs the Assemblyman on legislation and on issue areas such as human services, education and LGBT issues. She started working in the Office of Assemblymember Bloom in 2015 as his scheduler, and has since moved on to work on policy for the Assemblyman. Tricia 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: Elections, Human Services, Education, PER, Arts, LGBT Issues

Carlos Valencia, Scheduler
As Scheduler, Carlos coordinates all aspects of the Assemblymembers schedule, including both Capitol and District meetings, events and travel. All requests for the Assemblymembers time must be in writing and coordinated through the Scheduler.

Email: carlos.valencia@asm.ca.gov

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.  Josh is active in his community and has served on various West Hollywood City Commissions over the years including: Public Facilities, Public Safety and currently serves as Vice Chair of the West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Commission.  Josh grew up in Oregon, moved to California to study Political Science at California State University, Fullerton, and now lives in West Hollywood.

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, State Parks, Toxic Substance Control, and Water.

Melissa Kaufler, Communications
Melissa represents Assemblymember Bloom at assigned meetings and community events throughout the district, assists constituents and community groups with projects that have a community benefit or impact, and handles much of the communications projects for the Assemblymember - including social media, website, drafting speeches, and media inquiries. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s office, Melissa worked for the City of Los Angeles. Before that, she worked for the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.  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 Marina Del Rey.

Email: melissa.kaufler@asm.ca.gov

Project/Policy Areas: Religion; Media/Press Contact; Social Media;  Legislative Jewish Caucus; Select Committee on the State of Hate

Aditi Shakkarwar, Field Representative
As a Field Representative, Aditi 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, Aditi worked as a Field Representative for Bay Area Assemblymember Evan Low. She has also worked as a Field Coordinator for Measure B, a county-wide transportation measure. Aditi graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Asian American Studies. In her free time Aditi enjoys singing with her choir. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Email: aditi.shakkarwar@asm.ca.gov

Policy Areas: Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Land Use (urban), Public Works, Redevelopment, Asian Pacific Islander Issues

Sebastian Lozano, Field Representative & Internship Coordinator
As a Field Representative, Sebastian 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. He also coordinates our District Office Internship Program, supervising interns and assigning them projects conducive to the successful operation of the District Office. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s office, Sebastian served in the United States Navy as an Air Traffic Controller and a Victim Advocate for the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program. Sebastian worked as a Council Aide to then Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu in the Sherman Oaks-area of Los Angeles. Sebastian graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a degree in Latin American Studies. Sebastian lives in Los Angeles and enjoys eating tacos, watching the Dodgers, and reading biographies.

Email: sebastian.lozano@asm.ca.gov

Policy Areas: Veterans, Labor, Public Safety, Transportation, Latino Issues, and Census 2020