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

Meet the Staff


City Hall Staff


As the Chief of Staff, John has the responsibility of managing all operations of the Council office. He oversees all legislative and policy development, administrative functions and oversees the downtown and field staff. In addition, he 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 his current position, John was the Chief Legislative Deputy for Councilmember Greig Smith, Deputy for Councilmember Alex Padilla, Deputy for Assemblymember Tony Cardenas, and Deputy for Councilmember Joel Wachs.

John has been honored for his continued commitment to numerous community organizations including PALS, New Horizons, YMCA and local area schools.

He is currently a Board Member for the Los Angeles Police Department Devonshire Police Activity League Supporters (LAPD Devonshire PALS) and is the North Valley YMCA Board Vice President.




Nicole Bernson serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander. She staffs 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.

Nicole spearheaded the establishment of Reseda Blvd as the Twelfth District’s Great Street, serving on the Mayor’s Budget Results Team and overseeing an environmental cleanup and a wetland and riparian habitat restoration project. Nicole serves with the Councilmember on the Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force and serves as staff and alternate Board Member to the Sunshine Canyon Landfill Local Enforcement Agency Board of Directors.

Nicole has received a Commendation from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Los Angeles Board of Public Works and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division. Nicole Bernson and her family have served the Twelfth District of the City for the past 36 years. 



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.




Hannah Lee is the Chief Planning Deputy for CD12. Hannah oversees land use and planning issues as well as citywide planning legislation and initiatives. She serves on the Councils Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee and works on legislative issues pertaining to housing and Building and Safety.

Hannah started her work for the city as a student Worker at the Planning Department and eventually established herself working for CD12. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Specialization in Urban Studies. Hannah is a CD12 native and loves serving the community she grew up in.




Doug Tripp serves as Chief Legislative Deputy, advising Councilmember Mitchell Englander on public safety issues affecting the City of Los Angeles.   In this role, Doug regularly meets with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).  As Councilmember Englander serves as the Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Doug also assists with managing the agenda and activities of this Committee which meets bimonthly.  Doug has served the people of the Twelfth District for nearly a decade, having previously worked as Legislative Deputy under Councilmember Greig Smith.

Doug is married to Donna Shen Tripp, a brilliant and beautiful lady who works as a land use consultant, and is the proud father of a joyous and determined 5-year old daughter, Grace.  Doug enjoys reading science fiction and political history, and loves hiking and teaching his daughter to draw.

Doug holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s (USC’s) Sol Price School of Policy, Planning, and Development.  He serves on its Alumni Board and is active in mentoring the program’s students.




Stephanie Saporito serves as Communications Director for Councilmember Englander overseeing all communications from the Council Office including media outreach, media monitoring, newsletters, press releases and advisories, and maintaining media files.

Stephanie joined the Englander team after having served as Assistant Communications Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.  With considerable experience in writing and editing, Stephanie had previously guest lectured at the University of Chicago Law School while completing coursework for her doctorate in Islamic Studies. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Arts from Cornell University as a College Scholar in Islamic Law and Ethics and two Masters Degrees from Columbia University and the University of Chicago in Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature respectively. 

She is the current Chair of Committee 770 for the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) for Cornell University in the Los Angeles area. Stephanie is an avid equestrian, dog lover, collector of fountain pens and recently took up golf. 






Cindy Valera 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. 

Prior to working with Councilmember Englander, Cindy was the Executive Assistant and Scheduler for Greig Smith, Mitchell Englanders predecessor, and various other Councilmembers. 






Brandy Turnbow is the Administrative Assistant at the Downtown Council District 12 office in City Hall. She provides assistance to deputies on various projects as well as completing various clerical duties. 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.




 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 is the Field Deputy and liaison for the Bureau of Street Services for Council District 12. Colin is the leader of our CD12 Rapid Response team, works with the Bureau of Sanitation on storm drain issues, and serves a Board Member of the West Valley Alliance overseeing weed and graffiti abatement for CD 12. Prior for working for the city, Colin graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and has previously been a small business owner. 

Colin is recognized by the United Chambers of Commerce San Fernando Valley & Region for his involvement and dedication for the community for Councilmember Englander. He enjoys getting his hands dirty by taking care of problems in the community immediately with the CD12 Rapid Response Team and is always eager to help the community.





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.





Erich King is a Field Deputy for Council District 12. Erich is responsible for handling public safety issues and is the community liaison to the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department within Council District 12 and works with the Department of Building and Safety on resolving code enforcement issues. Erich also works closely with the Department of Transportation dealing with issues such as parking, abandoned vehicles and signage.

Erich is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  After serving 6 years in the Marine Corps, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant. Erich attended California State University of Los Angeles where he received a 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.






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. 





Eric Moody is the Transportation & Planning Deputy for the CD 12 team. Eric worked briefly as a CD 12 Field Deputy (in our former Sylmar Field Office) under former Councilman Hal Bernson. In addition to his responsibilities as Transportation & Planning Deputy, Eric will be working as our Department of Transportation liaison, working on all transportation issues affecting the District and the City, and will cover the City's Transportation Committee, briefing the Councilman and our staff on transportation related concerns coming before the City Council.

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, where he was a teaching assistant in the History Department, Eric pursued a Master's Degree in Public Administration with emphasis on Intergovernmental Management at USC. As part of his graduate studies, he completed an internship at the City of Los Angeles and continued to work in City government after graduation. Eric has worked in various City departments, as well as three Council Offices. He is married to his lovely wife Roslyn, and has two children Connor and Isibeala.






Millie Jones is a part-time Field Deputy 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 serves as the Councilmember’s liaison to the Old Granada Hills Residents. 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 has recently discovered the joy of playing disc golf and loves working with the cheerful and caring CD12 staff.





Bree works closely with Stephanie and assists with communications from the Council office. She handles the photography and videography for Councilmember Englander's office. She corresponds with the community's non-profit organizations and local businesses in order to feature them in within the Councilmember's social media pages she helps facilitate. Bree sits on the Planning and PR Committees for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks Los Angeles team and is an avid Los Angeles Kings fan.




Katherine “Kathy” Lettieri is the Office Manager and Council Aide 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.