Announcing the Appointment of Nicole Bernson as Chief of Staff
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM
I announced the appointment of Nicole Bernson as Chief of Staff this week. Nicole replaces former Chief of Staff John S. Lee who served in that capacity since I was first elected in 2011 and stepped down from his position earlier this month to pursue private sector opportunities.
I am proud to have the most committed and professional staff that a Councilmember could ask for. And, while John no doubt will be missed throughout the district, my staff and constituents know Nicole to be as passionate and dedicated a public servant as there ever was. I have no doubt that Nicole will manage our staff through a smooth transition and ensure a seamless continuity of our office's operations.
Upon her appointment, Nicole said "It has been my deepest honor to serve the residents of Council District Twelve alongside Councilmember Englander and John Lee. I want to thank the Councilmember for entrusting me with this responsibility and John for being a friend and mentor for all these years. I look forward to continuing our work to ensure the safety and prosperity of our constituents and working to lift up the lives of our most vulnerable residents."
Nicole has served as my Deputy Chief of Staff since I first took office in 2011. In this capacity, she has staffed me on the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, as well as The Executive Employee Relations Committee - specializing in fiscal policy, government administration, environmental and sustainability issues, regulatory matters, grant writing and state and federal legislation.
Prior to joining my office, Nicole was a Senior Policy advisor to Councilmember Greig Smith. Before joining public service, she was a small business owner for 14 years and worked on the business side of the entertainment industry getting her start in a full-service talent agency mailroom. She was born and raised in Council District Twelve and is a graduate of California State University, Northridge.