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

Meet the Staff

 

City Hall Staff

 

 

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NICOLE BERNSON - CHIEF OF 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. 


Email: Nicole.Bernson@lacity.org 

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BRENTON TESLER – "THE ORACLE"
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.



Email:
 Brenton.Tesler@lacity.org

 

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HANNAH LEE – CHIEF PLANNING & LAND USE DEPUTY
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.



Email:
 Hannah.Lee@lacity.org

 

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DOUG TRIPP – CHIEF LEGISLATIVE DEPUTY
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.


Email: Doug.Tripp@lacity.org

 

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COLIN SWEENEY – COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR  
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. 


Email: Colin.Sweeney@lacity.org

 

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CINDY VARELA – EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
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. 


Email: Cindy.Varela@lacity.org

 

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STEPHANIE UY – LEGISLATIVE DEPUTY  
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.



Email: Stephanie.Uy@lacity.org

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BRANDY TURNBOW – ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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.


Email: brandy.turnbow@lacity.org

 

 

 Community Service Center Staff

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 RON RUBINE – DISTRICT DIRECTOR
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. 

 
Email: Ron.Rubine@lacity.org

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 COLIN CREWS – FIELD DEPUTY 
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.


Email: Colin.Crews@lacity.org

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JONATHAN COTO – FIELD DEPUTY 

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.


Email: 
Jonathan.Coto@lacity.org

 

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ERICH KING – FIELD DEPUTY

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.


Email: Erich.King@lacity.org 

 

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JESSIE STROBEL - FIELD DEPUTY 

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. 


Email:  Jessica.Strobel@lacity.org

 

 

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ERIC MOODY - TRANSPORTATION & PLANNING DEPUTY

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.


Email:  Eric.Moody@lacity.org

 

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MILLIE JONES – FIELD DEPUTY 

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.


Email: Millie.Jones@lacity.org

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BREE BRECKENRIDGE – COMMUNICATIONS DEPUTY

Bree serves as the Communications Deputy for Councilmember Englander and coordinates all communications from the Council Office including the CD 12 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.


Email: Bree.Breckenridge@lacity.org

 

 

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 KATHY LETTIERI –  OFFICE MANAGER

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.


Email: Kathy.Lettieri@lacity.org

 

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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.

Matthew was invited to join the S.O.L.I.D. Board of Directors in late 2014 and is currently serving as a volunteer supporting LAPD Devonshire police officers.




Email: Matthew.Vallecilla@lacity.org