Meet the Staff

Don Hughes, Chief of Staff

Mr. Hughes began his career with the County of Orange in 1995 working as an intern for then Fifth District Supervisor Marian Bergeson. After finishing his degree in Political Science from Chapman University, Mr. Hughes returned to the County as a paid intern working for then Second District Supervisor Jim Silva. He was soon promoted to Executive Assistant, Policy Advisor and eventually Deputy Chief of Staff. Upon Supervisor Silva’s term ending after eight years of service, Mr. Hughes moved over to Orange County’s Public Works Department where he served as Legislative Program Manager until joining Supervisor Bates’ staff as Senior Policy Advisor in January 2009. Mr. Hughes was promoted to Chief of Staff in July 2010.

Mr. Hughes advises on issues related to OC Public Works, OC Parks, OC Dana Point Harbor and OC Waste & Recycling. Email Mr. Hughes at

Kristen Camuglia, Deputy Chief of Staff

Before joining Supervisor Bates’ team, Mrs. Camuglia served as Field Representative and District Director for former State Assemblyman Todd Spitzer. Prior to that, Mrs. Camuglia served as Projects Coordinator and Editorial Assistant for FOAM Magazine, an international beach lifestyle magazine, for which she was also a contributing writer. In 2004, Mrs. Camuglia worked as an intern for the White House in the Office of Media Affairs. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communication Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Chapman University. She has been a resident of the Fifth District since 1995.

Mrs. Camuglia advises on issues related to the Orange County Transportation Authority, Transportation Corridor Agencies, OC Public Works- Roads, John Wayne Airport and the Registrar of Voters and manages communications. Email Mrs. Camuglia at

Sergio Prince, Policy Advisor

As a political consultant, Mr. Prince successfully managed a number of high-profile campaigns in Orange County before joining the Fifth District office. Among his victorious campaigns were Pat Bates for Supervisor, Chuck DeVore for State Assembly, and Bill Campbell for Supervisor. As a longtime resident of south Orange County, Mr. Prince served on the Advisory Board as Special Projects Director for the Committee for Safe and Healthy Communities (CSHC), which spearheaded the passage of Measure W, ending Orange County’s long and divisive battle over a proposed commercial airport at the former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro.

Mr. Prince advises on issues related to Clerk Recorder, Clerk of the Board, and OC Community Resources, including the Orange County Office on Aging, Veteran Services Office, Housing Authority, Work Force Investment Board, Human Relations Commission, Animal Care, and Public Libraries. He is also editor of the Fifth District e-newsletter and website. Email Mr. Prince at

Erik Weigand, Policy Advisor

Mr. Weigand most recently served as District Director for California State Assemblyman Jim Silva of the 67th District, representing the northern cities of Orange County. During his role with Assemblyman Silva, Mr. Weigand was responsible for the direction of the district office and representation of nearly 500,000 constituents. Previously, Mr. Weigand was Executive Director of the Republican Party of Orange County and served as the 72-Hour Director for President George W. Bush’s successful reelection campaign in Arizona. Mr. Weigand holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Chapman University and has been a lifelong resident of Orange County.

Mr. Weigand advises on issues related to the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation, OC Courts, Legislative Affairs, and Orange County Fire Authority. Email Mr. Weigand at

Emily Osterberg, Policy Advisor

Before joining the Fifth District staff, Mrs. Osterberg served as Director of Government Affairs for the Apartment Association of Orange County, where she advocated on behalf of property owners at the local and state levels. Prior to that, she worked as an account executive for an Orange County based public affairs firm which specializes in government affairs and advocacy. Mrs. Osterberg began her work in Orange County as an intern at the Republican Party Headquarters during the 2006 Election. She is a graduate of California State University, San Bernardino with a degree in Political Science.

Mrs. Osterberg advises on issues related to Government Affairs. Email Mrs. Osterberg at

Veronica Yniguez, Policy Advisor

Before rejoining the Fifth District office, Ms. Yniguez executed public outreach programs for Consensus Inc.’s. transportation, land use, and energy accounts in Orange County. As an account manager, Ms. Yniguez worked with local elected officials, created strategic engagement plans, and implemented day-to-day activities for clients. Previously, Ms. Yniguez served as an intern for Supervisors Bates. She also served as Assistant Program Administrator for USC’s Price School of Public Policy. Ms. Yniguez holds a Master of Public Administration degree and Graduate Certificate of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Please email Mrs. Yniguez at

Ruth Strachan, Office Manager

Mrs. Strachan has more than 30 years of experience in public service, including 20 years with the County of Orange. Her various roles with the County have included positions in Environmental Resources, Public Works and Social Services. Mrs. Strachan served eight years as Executive Secretary for immediate past Fifth District Supervisor Tom Wilson and has served Supervisor Bates since she assumed office in 2007.

Mrs. Strachan manages office operations and handles scheduling for Supervisor Bates. To request a meeting with Supervisor Bates, please email Mrs. Strachan at