My Staff

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

Andrew Aldama, Legislative Assistant
As Legislative Assistant, Andrew is responsible for developing and managing legislation authored by Assemblymember Bloom, as well monitoring and analyzing legislation in his assigned policy areas. He also assists with communications, Assemblymember Bloom’s social media, and manages constituent casework. Prior to joining Assemblymember Bloom’s office, Andrew worked on numerous political campaigns and interned for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her Washington, D.C. office. Andrew graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 with a degree in Politics.

Email: andrew.aldama@asm.ca.gov

Policy Areas: Agriculture, Banking and Finance, Higher Education, Privacy, Revenue and Taxation, Judiciary, Judicial Council, Labor, Jobs 

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

Amy Sandoval, Scheduler
As Scheduler, Amy is the “gatekeeper” in the Bloom office and is responsible for managing all meeting requests, community appearances, and mandatory legislative commitments for Assemblymember Bloom. All while keeping a beautiful smile on her face and greeting all visitors to the Capitol office. She has worked in the California state legislature for almost 4 years alongside many well respected Members and staffers to achieve a better California for all constituents. She is a Sacramento native and loves to spend time with her son Joshua, husband Edgar and their dog Cookie.

Email: amy.sandoval@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 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.

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 

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, Transportation, Public Safety (urban), Land Use (urban), Public Works, Redevelopment, Asian Pacific Islander Issues

Stewart Lozano, Field Representative 
As a Field Representative, Stewart 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, Stewart 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. Stewart worked as a Council Aide to Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu in the Sherman Oaks-area of Los Angeles. Stewart graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a degree in Latin American Studies. Stewart lives in Los Angeles and enjoys eating tacos, watching the Dodgers, and reading biographies.

Email: stewart.lozano@asm.ca.gov

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

My 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