George Cardenas, Chief of Staff
(Health Care, Public Works, and Land Use)
George Cardenas serves as Supervisor Spitzer's Chief of Staff. He has over two decades of experience in local government having previously worked at the County of Orange, Orange County Transportation Authority, and City of Anaheim. In addition to managing the overall operations for the Third District staff, he specializes in Health Care, Public Works, and land use for Supervisor Spitzer. He is married with three children.
Melanie Eustice, Communications Director
Beginning her career in the State Capitol, Melanie Eustice has worked directly for over twenty elected officials at the state and local levels of government. She has extensive government affairs experience holding the positions of Budget Analyst, Public Information Officer, Campaign Manager and Assistant to the City Manager. At a young age in 2004, she ran for a non-partisan political office and was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of a school district. Melanie has a strong policy and public relations background having worked for the State Assembly, the Placer County Board of Supervisors, and the cities of Hesperia, Los Alamitos, and Costa Mesa. Although she started her university education on a vocal performance scholarship, Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She also received a scholarship for the Sacramento Capitol Internship Program.
Chris Nguyen, Senior Policy Advisor
(County Budget, Information Technology, Internal Departments, and OCFA)
Chris Nguyen is a native of Orange County who grew up in the Third District. His first involvement in government was as a summer intern with Assemblyman Todd Spitzer while a student at Stanford University. Upon graduation, Chris was accepted into the California Senate Fellow program in Sacramento and continued for several years as a Legislative Aide in the State Capitol. Nguyen gained first-hand knowledge of the California fiscal process through his service staffing Senator George Runner on the Appropriations and Environmental Quality Committees. He also developed extensive public policy experience staffing Senator Runner on public safety, education, workers compensation, and an array of other areas. Subsequently, he served in the office of Assemblyman Chris Norby, providing expertise in the areas of municipal budgeting, redevelopment, state bonds, school/education funding, and English Language Learner programs. In addition to his government service, he has served as a political consultant to various local elected officials. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Stanford, he also earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Carrie O'Malley has a Harvard Law School education and more than two decades of public policy experience at the federal, state and local levels. Carrie has worked for seven elected officials on a number of policy areas, including public safety, transportation, budget, health care, and social services. She served as a staff member with the California Attorney General's Office and with the Committee on Governmental Affairs in the United States Senate, under U.S. Senator John Seymour (a former Mayor of Anaheim and State Senator from Orange County). At the local level, she served as a field representative and legislative analyst for California State Assembly Member Gary Miller (later a member of the U.S. Congress) and was a senior government relations representative at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). O'Malley is active in her community, previously holding leadership positions with the Junior League of Orange County and currently serving as an elected member of the board of directors of her homeowners association. She has also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) both in Boston and in Orange County, helping abused children navigate through the court system. She has two undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Martin Gardner, Policy Advisor
(Community Resources, Airport, Social Services, and LAFCO)
As an active community member, Martin Gardner has devoted significant time to local organizations, including Crime Survivors, Crime Stoppers, Holiday Hope and Hope School. He is also a former board member for the YMCA of Orange. Previously, Gardner served as a District Representative for then-Assembly Member Todd Spitzer. Gardner also was a staffer for the Spitzer campaign for supervisor, coordinating volunteer activities and helping oversee Spitzer's schedule of events. Gardner also served on past campaigns for Spitzer, including his re-election efforts while serving in the California Assembly. In addition to his political involvement, Gardner's private sector accomplishments include being a small business owner, providing inventory to retail stores.
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