Meet Bob's Staff
The Capitol Office is located at: The California State Capitol, Room 4038, Sacramento, CA 95814. The office's main phone number is (916) 651-4018.
Michael Bedard is Sen. Hertzberg's Chief of Staff. Michael previously served as Sen. Hertzberg's Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff, before being promoted to Chief of Staff in June 2017. Prior to working for Sen. Hertzberg, Michael was Legislative Director for former Assemblymember Nancy Skinner. In 2010, he was selected for the California Council on Science and Technology’s science policy fellowship. Before coming to work for the California Legislature, Michael worked at the University of Texas at Austin on renewable energy materials. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from UCLA in theoretical physical chemistry.
Other members of Sen. Hertzberg's Capitol Office staff include:
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.
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 her degree from UC Santa Barbara and began her career as an intern for then-Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. [email]
Freddie Quintana, Legislative Director. Freddie manages Sen. Hertzberg's legislative package. 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. Quintana 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, Quintana graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government.
Diane Griffiths is Sen. Hertzberg's former Chief of Staff. She retired in June 2017 but continues to assist the senator as "senior intern." A longtime veteran of the state Capitol, Diane served as Sen. Hertzberg's Chief of Staff during his years as Speaker of the Assembly. Previously, she was Chief of Staff to the UC Board of Regents and General Counsel to the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She has more than 20 years’ experience with the Legislature in a variety of legal, policy and administrative positions. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall Law School.
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 District Director. 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]
Mark Brown, District Representative. Mark represents the neighborhoods of North Hollywood, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village, and the City of Burbank. In addition, he handles administrative responsibilities in the office and covers arts and entertainment, district event and meeting coordination, and environmental issues. Mark attended UCLA's School for Theater, Film and Television. [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 is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at CSUN. 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]
Steve Fukushima, District Representative. Steve focuses on technology and innovation, transportation, labor, and insurance issues for the office. Steve is a graduate of UCLA and was born and raised in Davis, California. [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]
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.