Serving the Communities of Chatsworth, Granada Hills, North Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sherwood Forest, and West Hills.

Meet the Staff


City Hall Staff




Nicole Bernson serves as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander. Nicole has the responsibility of managing all operations of the Council office. She oversees all legislative and policy development, administrative functions and oversees the downtown and field staff. In addition, she is responsible for monitoring proposition and bond resources, and is responsible for fighting for county, federal, state and private funding for the Council District 12 community.

Prior to being appointed as Chief of Staff, Nicole served as Councilmember Englander's Deputy Chief of Staff staffing the Councilman on the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, as well as its Executive Employee Relations Committee and specializes in fiscal and administrative policy, environmental and sustainability issues, regulatory matters and state and federal legislation.

Before joining public service, Nicole 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. 




Hannah is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Planning Deputy for Council District 12. In this role, Hannah is responsible for overseeing the broad areas of planning, transportation and housing for the office. As Chief Planning Deputy, she manages district planning issues, oversees Citywide land use legislation and policy, and staffs the Councilman on the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee.
Hannah started with the City as a Student Professional Worker in the Planning Department and subsequently joined the Council Office as the Associate Planning Deputy after receiving her degree from UCLA. As a Council District 12 native, Hannah is proud to serve the community she grew up in. She loves spending time with her husband and two children, being outdoors and taking in everything Los Angeles has to offer.



Brandy Turnbow is the Executive Assistant and Scheduler for the Councilman. Some of her daily duties include scheduling appointments and travel arrangements for the Councilman, GCP allocations, and general office management of the Downtown CD12 office in City Hall. 

Brandy graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Minor in African and Middle Eastern Studies.

In her spare time, Brandy is an assistant coach for AYSO soccer teams and has traveled to Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia to study diplomatic relations.



Brenton Tesler is "The Oracle” of the CD 12. He assists the Councilman during Council Meetings and is responsible for monitoring and researching legislation. In addition Brenton works on district events and oversees the Twelfth District Legislation Log. He manages all of the Council office's databases and crucial contacts.

Since he was 11 years old, Brenton has been a CD 12 resident of West Hills. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Brenton devotes his spare time to the North Valley Family YMCA helping emphasize the importance of youth development, community involvement, and social responsibility.



Born and raised in Los Angeles, Colin attended Porter Middle School and Cleveland High School in the San Fernando Valley before going north to for his college years at UC Berkeley. 

After graduating, Colin moved across the country to work in Washington, DC for a Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, II. In 2011, he returned to Los Angeles to join the mayoral campaign of then City Council President Eric Garcetti. He served in Mayor Garcetti's administration for the past four years before making the move to CD 12. He's delighted to once again be back in the North San Fernando Valley where he spent many of his formative years.

Colin Sweeney is a communications specialist with extensive experience in political campaigns. As Communications Director, he is responsible for the Council Office's media outreach and digital communications.

Colin is Californian to the bone. When he's not scouring press articles on his phone, he likes to unplug by taking camping trips to the desert and mountains or surfing up and down the coast of Southern California and beyond. 



Stephanie staffs the Councilmember during City Council meetings, as well as the Health, Mental Health and Education Committee. In addition, Stephanie also specializes in issues relating to parks, public works, and homelessness.

Prior to joining the CD12 team, Stephanie has worked as a community organizer for public health issues, a political organizer on both national and local campaigns, and as a deputy for Councilmember Paul Krekorian and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez.

A proud Bruin, Stephanie holds a B.A. in Asian American Studies and a minor in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Los Angeles.

In her spare time, she continues to serve her Pilipino American community by sitting on the Board of Directors for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA). Stephanie is an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan and tennis player.



Erich King serves as the Public Safety Legislative Deputy, advising Councilmember Englander on Public Safety issues affecting the City of Los Angeles.  In this role, Erich regularly meets with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).  As Councilmember Englander serves as the Chair of the City Council's Public Safety Committee, Erich also assists with managing the agenda and activities of the Committee which meets bi-monthly.  Prior to his current role, Erich served the 12th Council District as the Public Safety Field Deputy.

Erich is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  After serving in the Marine Corps, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.  Erich attended California State University Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor's of Science Degree. Before joining the Council District 12 family he served as the Sherman Oaks Field Deputy in Council District 4 for former Councilmember Tom LaBonge.



Denise is the Administrative Assistant at the Council District 12 office in City Hall and the first point of contact for those calling or visiting our office Downtown. She provides assistance to deputies on various projects as well as completing various clerical duties.

Denise graduated from California State University of Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with a minor in Radio Television and Film.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her immediate family, husband and puppy named Kershaw. She enjoys exploring the city of Los Angeles, whether it's hiking, eating at the newest eateries, and visiting different Art Museums.



Born and raised in Northridge California, Matthew Vallecilla attended Los Angeles Pierce Community College and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.

Matthew previously served as District Scheduler and Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman, representing California's 30th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In January 2017, Matthew began working as a direct aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, with a focus on public safety policy.

Matthew's civic involvement includes being elected in 2012 to the Northridge West Neighborhood Council, serving on the Executive Board as Vice President of Outreach and Communications.


 Community Service Center Staff


Ron Rubine is the District Director for Council District 12 and is responsible for all LADWP constituent concerns and challenges. Ron works extensively with the Council District 12, K-16 educational community, and produces special CD12 events. He works directly with the West Hills and Reseda Neighborhood Councils serving as a liaison to the City and Council on their behalf. Prior to working for District 12 Ron worked in K-12 education for over 24 years focusing on anti-bias education, leadership and improving school culture and climate. 

Ron has earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration, Masters of Science Degree in School Counseling, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, and has a teaching credential. Ron has had multiple streaks of luck winning prizes in four different game shows during the 1980’s and has previously lived and worked in the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific. 



COLIN CREWS – Neighborhoods FIRST DirectorDEPUTY 
Colin heads up Councilmember Englander's Neighborhoods FIRST (Fully Integrated Resources and Support Team) Initiative on the homelessness crisis. The Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative is a comprehensive program that focuses specifically on CD12. Colin is devoted to addressing the issue of homelessness. Colin's responsibilities include coordinating initiatives to tackle problems by marshaling resources and developing plans of action to address the crisis.

Prior to joining the CD12 team in 2013, Colin was a small business owner. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Montevallo with a minor in Theatre Arts.

Colin has been recognized by the United Chambers of Commerce San Fernando Valley & Region for his involvement and dedication to the community on the behalf of Councilmember Englander. He also serves as a board member for the Granada Hills Business Improvement District and West Valley Alliance. When he's not busy at work, Colin enjoys live music, writing, spending time with his friends and his dog Stella Blue.



Millie Jones is the Director of External Affairs for Councilman Englander and provides community outreach to humanitarian service organizations, women’s’ clubs and local chambers of commerce. She represents Councilmember Englander at grand openings and ribbon cutting.

Millie retired in 2011 with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as a Senior Deputy to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and previously held the position of Vice President, Public Affairs for Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

Millie has held numerous board positions throughout her life, including serving as a founding member and Executive Board member of the Economic Alliance of San Fernando Valley and served as a Chair for the Valley District Board of the American Red Cross where she received the Outstanding Service Award. Millie enjoys travel and reading in her spare time.




Eric fills many roles for the CD 12 team. As Transportation Deputy, he is our Department of Transportation liaison, working on most transportation issues affecting the District and the City, advising the Councilman on various related topics, concerns and projects. Eric also staffs the City's Transportation Committee, briefing the Councilman and our staff on transportation related concerns coming before the City Council. If it relates to traffic signals & controls, crosswalks and speed limits, he can help!
Eric is also filling a new role as innov818 Director. As our business and economic development liaison, he can help facilitate the needs of local businesses, small and large by coordinating City services with the Councilman's efforts to encourage responsible economic development and job creation throughout the District. Toward that end, Eric is responsible for marketing and promoting the Chatsworth-Northridge Industrial Core - innov818 area, to preserve, enhance and promote the economic viability of the area, creating higher wage jobs by encouraging high-tech industry.
A native Angeleno, Eric brings over 20 years of experience in government service to the District. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in History from Loyola Marymount University, Eric pursued a Master's Degree in Public Administration with emphasis on Intergovernmental Management at USC. Eric has worked in various City departments, as well as three Council Offices. 



Katherine “Kathy” Lettieri is the Director of Customer Service and Operations for the Council District 12 Community Service Center in Chatsworth. Kathy’s smile is the first one you see when walking into the office. She is in charge of connecting constituents with the proper field deputies to resolve their issues, facilitates the process of constituent meetings with CD12 staff, and works closely with the Bureau of Sanitation to help solve various issues.

She studied Child Development and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge before having her two beautiful boys, Lenny and Joey. Kathy has volunteered for a Skid Row soup kitchen and a local food bank. Kathy loves CD12 and considers everyone her family. She loves coming into the office and is constantly amazed by all the hard work the Councilman and staff do on a daily basis.



Bree serves as the Communications Deputy for Councilmember Englander and coordinates all communications from the Council Office including the CD12 website, social media, newsletters, press releases and advisories, and media files.

She is the photographer and videographer for the office and edits the Councilmember Englander E-videos featured on our YouTube channel. She also works closely with community members, non-profit organizations, and local businesses to help coordinate local community events.

Bree has been a member of the Autism Speaks Los Angeles Walk Committee as PR Chair since 2011 and in 2017, she became their Walk Chairperson. She is also the Membership VP for the San Fernando Valley Jaycees and the Philanthropy Chair for the Alpha Xi Delta Los Angeles Alumni Association.

Bree is an avid Los Angeles Kings fan and enjoys baking, snowboarding, and finding new places to travel.



Jonathan Coto serves as a Field Deputy for Council District 12 overseeing urban forestry issues, housing services, senior services, disability services, Department of Transportation issues, and is also a member of the Rapid Response Team.

Prior to working for CD12, Jonathan was an intern for Neighborhood Legal Services during his time studying Political Science at California State University, Northridge and upon graduating with his degree, interned for Council District 12 before he was hired full-time. Jonathan is very proud to give back to his native community and considers the CD12 staff his family.



Jessie Strobel is the liaison to the Department of Recreation and Parks for our office. Jessie is a valley native, born and raised in Granada Hills. She received her Bachelors of Arts from California State University, Northridge in Communication Studies where she was an orientation leader and a member of a number of honors societies.

She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Strategic Public Relations at University of Southern California. 



Matt serves as a Public Safety Field Deputy for Council District 12. He serves as the community liaison to the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department. He also works closely with the Department of Building and Safety on resolving code enforcement issues and the Department of Transportation on parking enforcement.

Matt is proud to be born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Whittier College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a background in Criminal Justice. He also played Lacrosse for Whittier College. Prior to joining CD12, Matt interned at the Chief Administrative Officer’s Office where he was an aide to former CAO Miguel Santana and Interim CAO Richard Llewellyn Jr. He also assisted with media relations and issues regarding public safety and immigration.

In his free time, Matt coaches youth lacrosse and enjoys exploring national parks.



Dang is LA City Council District 12's Associate Planning Deputy, and the district's land use contact. He manages and oversees land use projects while helping guide the public through the planning process. 

Born and raised in Northridge, Dang is proud to be serving the community that fostered his upbringing. Dang graduated with distinguished honors from Cal State University Northridge's Masters program in Urban Studies & Planning in 2017. In 2016, he was awarded first place for his research in Autonomous Vehicles at the American Planning Association's student poster competition. Prior to joining CD12, he was a Student Professional Worker specializing in transportation engineering for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation.

Outside of work, Dang is passionate in urban exploration, tough hiking trails, or sometimes, simply settling in with a cup of coffee and reading books.




Myrka serves as a Case Worker for Council District 12 overseeing animal services, senior services, and disability services. She also supports the Public Works team and our homelessness initiative, Neighborhoods First.

She was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and has lived in Northridge her entire life. She attended the University of California in Riverside where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. During her undergraduate years she also seized the opportunity to study abroad and visit 9 European countries. Myrka also interned for CD12.
During her free time, Myrka volunteers and serves as the Hospitality Director for the CSUN helpline. She also travels and enjoys outdoor activities.