Meet Bob's Staff
The Capitol Office is located at: The California State Capitol, Room 313, Sacramento, CA 95814. The office's main phone number is (916) 651-4018.
Rick Simpson is Sen. Hertzberg's Chief of Staff. Rick has more than 38 years of experience working in and around the State Capitol, primarily on issues of public education. He served as a senior advisor for nine Assembly Speakers. He also served for two years as Chief of Staff for the Senate Education Committee, for more than six years as Chief Consultant for the Assembly Education Committee, and worked for a short time as a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association. In 1999, Rick served for six months as the first Legislative Secretary for California Governor Gray Davis.
He served for 12 years as an elected trustee of the Sacramento County Board of Education, including three years as President. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Chapter of the American Heart Association and the Sacramento Urban League.Rick received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Santa Cruz, a Master’s degree in public policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and is also a champion fencer.
Other members of Sen. Hertzberg's Capitol Office staff include:
Christine Aurre, Legislative Director. Christine manages Sen. Hertzberg's legislative package. She was most recently a legislative assistant for Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, where she worked for four years and specialized in energy and transportation, with an emphasis on issues regarding ports. She began her legislative career as an intern in the Speaker’s Office of Research and Floor Analysis in 2014. Christine attended Sacramento State University, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Government with minors in History and Economics.
Alex Barnett, Policy Consultant. Alex covers public safety and judiciary policy issues for the Senator's office. After Alex received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law, he worked as a prosecutor in the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and briefly practiced environmental law. Before becoming an attorney, Alex worked for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, then spent time managing programs for two education nonprofits in San Francisco. He subsequently served for a year as a policy analyst with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission through the City Hall Fellows program. Alex also attended UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies, and in his spare time, he likes to play the sax, golf, camp, and secretly further his ambition of becoming a voice actor.
Cynthia Castillo, Policy Consultant. Prior to joining Sen. Hertzberg's office, Cynthia started as a legislative assistant at the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), where she was promoted to External Affairs Associate Director and ultimately served as Public Affairs Director, handling both external communications and government relations for the organization. Prior to that, Cynthia served as a Field Organizer for the California Democratic Party in a competitive congressional campaign to re-elect Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07). Cynthia is a graduate of Sacramento State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications.
Katie Hanzlik, Press Secretary. Katie manages all media requests and communications for Sen. Hertzberg. Before joining Sen. Hertzberg’s staff, Katie spent nearly 4 years developing and implementing strategic communications plans at a leading public affairs firm. Katie also has extensive local and statewide Democratic party experience, serving as Communications Chair of the Democratic Party of Sacramento County and Campaign Manager to CA Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach. Katie received Bachelor's Degrees in Global Studies and French from UC Santa Barbara, and began her career as an intern for then-Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. [email]
Freddie Quintana. Freddie manages floor proceedings and special projects for Sen. Hertzberg. Prior to joining Sen. Hertzberg's office, Freddie was Legislative Director to Assemblymember Marc Levine. Prior to that, he was Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for now Congressman, then-Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez. Freddie also served as Co-Chair of the California Latino Capitol Association from 2015-2016, and has over a decade of experience working with youth, both as a San Pedro High School Football coach and as a volunteer with the YMCA Youth & Government Program. A native of San Pedro, Freddie graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government.
Norma Zendejas, Executive Assistant. Norma handles all scheduling requests for Sen. Hertzberg. A veteran of the State Capitol, Norma has worked in the building for over 20 years. Most recently, she worked with Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León as his Executive Assistant. She also worked for Assemblymember Cindy Montañez and Assembly Majority Leader Marco Firebaugh. Norma attended Yuba Community College, and enjoys being with her family, bike riding, working out and hiking. [email]
The Los Angeles District Office is located at: 6150 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite 400, Van Nuys, CA 91401. The office's main phone number is (818) 901-5588.
The District Office is led by Barri Worth Girvan, who serves as Deputy Chief of Staff. A lifelong resident of the San Fernando Valley, Barri is the former director of government affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She has also worked for the City of Los Angeles and the State Assembly. Barri is passionate about giving back to the Valley community and has served on multiple Valley-based nonprofits. She is heavily involved with Planned Parenthood in the Valley and serves as the co-chair of the Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley, an honor she earned herself in 2017. She is a graduate of UC San Diego and USC, where she earned her master's degree. Barri handles business, women's issues, interfaith and local government relations for the office while also covering the neighborhoods of Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, and Sherman Oaks. [e-mail]
Other members of the District Office staff include:
Eveline Bravo-Ayala, District Representative. Eveline covers the neighborhoods of Arleta, North Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando. She is an alumna of UCLA with a background in environmental issues, which she handles for the office. Eveline also covers LGBT issues, women's issues, education, and issues related to the Franchise Tax Board. [e-mail]
Raj Dhillon, Deputy District Director. A resident of the San Fernando Valley, Raj graduated from CSUN with a B.A. in Political Science, and later, a Master of Public Administration. During Raj’s first three years in the office as a District Representative, he launched and developed the most inclusive and comprehensive internship program in the State Legislature. He focuses on issues relating to social media, veterans, transportation, business, labor, and intergovernmental relations while helping manage the day-to-day responsibilities of the District Office. Raj represents the neighborhoods of Northridge, Sherman Oaks, and Van Nuys in the community. [e-mail]
Anthony Garcia, District Representative. Initially working as the very first intern in the District Office, Anthony joined the staff to handle issues regarding public safety, healthcare, housing and homelessness, social services covering state agencies including the Employment Development Department, and general office operations. A longtime Valley resident and an alum of CSUN, Anthony represents the neighborhoods of Mission Hills and Lake View Terrace. [e-mail]
Sherry Greenberg, Senior Advisor. An attorney, Sherry Greenberg, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, works in the District Office. She recently served as Counsel to the Chair of the Federal Election Commission. Sherry was Executive Director of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation from 1996-2000 and has extensive Democratic campaign experience -- from presidential to local office-- including management, media, communications, election protection, and as a DCCC adviser in Illinois in 2012. In addition, she worked at five Democratic National Conventions and was instrumental in bringing the 2000 Democratic National Convention to Los Angeles. For nearly ten years, Sherry was the Director of Federal Relations for the California State Assembly. Sherry is also active in international politics, advising the Free Democratic Party in Saxony, Germany, speaking at numerous international political and issues conference hosted by the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, and participating in the Canadian Liberal Party national convention. Sherry graduated from UC Berkeley and Boston University Law School and is the mother of an adorable, smart and feisty preschooler.
Hannah Kelley, District Representative. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Political Science.and moving to Los Angeles, Hannah originally joined Team Hertzberg as an intern in the District Office. Her interest in housing policy led her to work at a San Fernando Valley-based non-profit organization until ultimately, she returned to the office as a district representative. She represents the communities of Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, and North Hills. Her issue areas are transportation, youth, and homelessness and she helps oversee the internship program. [e-mail]
David Fleming, Senior Advisor. A legendary Valley business leader, David advises on economic development and finance reform. Named by former Mayor Richard Riordan "Mr. San Fernando Valley," David participated in development of a new city charter for L.A. in 1999. He is the recipient of numerous civic achievement awards and has served on multiple community organization boards. David graduated from the UCLA School of Law and is a longtime Valley resident.