Meet Bob's Team

CAPITOL OFFICE

The Capitol Office is located at: 1021 O Street, Suite 8610, Sacramento, CA 95814. The office's main phone number is (916) 651-4018.

Senator Hertzberg's team is led by Freddie Quintana, who serves as Chief of Staff. Freddie had spent the last two years serving as Deputy Chief, with a special emphasis on coordinating Senate Floor proceedings. Prior to joining this office, Freddie was Chief of Staff/Legislative Director for (now Congressman) then-Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, then later the Legislative Director to Assemblymember Marc Levine. Freddie also served as Co-Chair of the California Latino Capitol Association from 2015-2016. A native of San Pedro, Freddie graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, 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. Email Freddie.

Other members of Sen. Hertzberg's Capitol Office team 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. Email Christine.

Martin Bui, Legislative Aide. Before joining Senator Hertzberg's office, Martin served as a consultant to the California Senate Democratic Caucus, assisting multiple Senate offices in different issue areas and special projects. He attended California State University East Bay where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. When he's not working, he enjoys working out, cooking, and exploring different areas of our beautiful state. Email Martin.

Catherine Charles, Legislative Aide. Catherine covers health and human services for Senator Hertzberg’s office. Before joining the office, Catherine came from Los Angeles to study at UC Davis, earning a degree in international relations and Italian, during which time she also lived and worked in Italy. In addition, she worked with the Juvenile Law & Policy Group out of Loyola Law School to help provide defense to those who were wrongfully convicted as juveniles, as well as investigating and proposing policy changes on local law enforcement issues. In her spare time, Catherine likes taking care of her house plants, teaching and translating in French and Italian, and shopping at Trader Joe’s. Email Catherine.

Tammy Trinh, Policy Consultant. Tammy specializes in environmental issues, and coordinating Senate Floor proceedings. She most recently served as Assistant Deputy Legislative Affairs Secretary for Governor Gavin Newsom, where she first started as a Legislative Research Assistant. Prior to that, she was a Legislative & Press Aide for then-Lieutenant Governor Newsom. She began her legislative career as a fellow for the American Lung Association and Environment California through the Loveridge Fellowship. She attended UC Riverside where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in public service. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with dogs, hiking, camping, and cooking. Email Tammy.

Jasmine Vega, Office Assistant. Jasmine grew up in Castroville, CA, also known as “The Artichoke Center of the World.” She graduated from UC Davis in 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Chicana/o Studies and a minor in Human Rights. Before joining the Senate Majority Leader's office, she focused on advocacy involving underrepresented communities, including working with youth from the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Court Restorative Justice Program. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and riding her bike. Email Jasmine.

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 Norma.

 

DISTRICT OFFICE

The San Fernando Valley 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 she has served in leadership positions with multiple Valley-based nonprofits. She is the co-chair of the Annual Inspirational Women of the San Fernando Valley Awards, 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 enjoys cultivating strong relationships in communities across the Valley, and she handles business, women's issues, interfaith and local government relations for the office. Email Barri.

Other members of the District Office team include:

Edwin Amaya, District Representative. Edwin Amaya joined Team Hertzberg originally as an intern and now works on Employment Development Department (EDD) cases, Public Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Social Service matters to service the district at large. He is happy to engage with the communities of Van Nuys, Granada Hills, and Lake Balboa through his field representative responsibilities. Edwin was born in Burbank, CA and has lived in Van Nuys since 2009. Edwin attended the University of California, Riverside and graduated in 2019. Coming from and growing into his Sephardic-Jewish background, he had found a passion in being active in the Jewish student community during his time at UCR and  looks to do the same with the San Fernando Valley. Email Edwin.

Eveline Bravo-Ayala, Deputy District Director. Eveline covers the neighborhoods of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sun Valley, Sylmar, and the City of San Fernando. She is an alumna of UCLA and has prior experience handling environmental matters. Eveline covers LGBTQ issues, health issues, and issues related to the Franchise Tax Board. Email Eveline.

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. 

Steve Fukushima, District Representative. Steve grew up in Davis, CA before attending UCLA for a bachelor’s in Political Science. He specializes in local transportation issues in the district, and assists with labor and technology issues as well.  Steve has nearly two decades of experience working in politics, including work for the 2008 Obama campaign, the California Democratic Party, and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, specializing in data and analytics. He enjoys skiing, hiking, and game nights, is an avid San Francisco 49ers and UCLA fan, and a (very) patient Sacramento Kings fan. Email Steve.

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 first grader. Email Sherry.

Mercedes Ortiz, District Representative. Mercedes is a California State University Northridge alumna, she holds degrees in Urban Studies and Planning and in Journalism. Her experience is in community planning, environmental justice, community engagement and political campaigns. She represents the areas of North Hollywood, Northridge, and North Hills. Mercedes covers environmental issues, sustainability, green energy, airport issues, transportation, arts and entertainment, and veteran affairs. Email Mercedes.