Staff Information

Martha Ochoa, Chief of Staff
(Health Care, Public Works and Land Use)

Martha Ochoa is experienced in policy and a veteran of local government. She joined the office of Assemblyman Lou Correa in 2002, serving as a district representative for him through his tenure on the Board of Supervisors and much of his time in the State Senate. Prior to that, she served as an executive assistant to Todd Spitzer during his first term as Orange County Supervisor. Through her community involvement and background, Ochoa has gained expertise at forming meaningful relationships between government and community groups. For the past 15 years, she has worked with government agencies throughout the County, she has used her experience to focus on health care, public works, and land use issues. 

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 Todd Spitzer in the State Assembly while a student at Stanford University. Upon graduation, Chris was accepted as a Senate Fellow 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 Committee.  He also developed extensive public policy experience staffing Senator Runner on environmental quality, 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’s from Stanford, he also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Carrie O'Malley, Senior Policy Advisor
(Public Protection, Transportation, OCTA, and TCA)

Carrie O'Malley has a Harvard Law School education and more than a decade of public policy experience at the federal, state and local levels. She served as a staff member with the California Attorney General's Office and as a researcher for 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. She also formed a support group for new mothers in 2002.

Martin Gardner, Policy Advisor
(Scheduler, Community Resources, 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.

Christine Richters, Executive Aide