Meet The Staff

Rick Velasquez

Chief of Staff

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Budget
  • CSAC
  • Capital Asset Leasing Corporation
  • CEO
  • Civil Service Commission
  • Claims Board Issues
  • Convention & Exhibition Authority
  • Employee Relations Commission
  • Human Resources Department
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • Homeland Security
  • Intern Program Coordination
  • Insurance Commission
  • Lifeguards
  • Local Governmental Services
  • NACo
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • Urban County Caucus
Biography

Rick Velasquez serves as Supervisor Knabe’s Chief of Staff and is responsible for advising the Supervisor on homeland security issues, budget and legislative issues. He serves as the liaison to the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Association of Counties, Economy and Efficiency Commission, Los Angeles County Fire Department, National Association of Counties, Quality and Productivity Commission and Department of Human Resources. Rick is also responsible for all downtown and field deputy operations, advises the Supervisor on District and Countywide policy issues, and serves as the Supervisor’s liaison to the Chief Executive Officer and County Counsel. In addition, he advises the Supervisor on major health issues.

Rick previously served as Supervisor Knabe’s Health Deputy and as the Director of Government Relations for a non-profit health maintenance organization. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving research, education, equipment and patient needs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the County’s crown jewel in the healthcare system.

Rick is a proud graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles where he received his B.A. in political science.

Nancy Herrera

Chief of Staff's Secretary

(213) 974-4444

Cheryl Burnett

Communications Director

(213) 974-4444

Fax: (213) 626-6941

Responsibilities:
  • Supervisor Knabe's Spokeswoman
  • Media Relations
  • Speechwriting
  • Strategic Communications
  • Guest Editorials/OpEds
  • Annual Report
  • Quality and Productivity Commission
  • E & E Commission
  • Office of Emergency Management
Biography

Cheryl Burnett is the Communications Director for Supervisor Knabe, serving as his spokeswoman.  She oversees strategic communications, including issues management, media relations, speechwriting, and general writing assignments.

Before joining the Fourth District, Cheryl was the Public Relations Manager at the City of Beverly Hills. Prior to that, she spent her career in the private sector in Los Angeles, London and New York, working for large multinational organizations, including Toyota, BP, Universal Studios and Seagram.  She has been active in support of organizations focused on education, including serving as the Board Chair of Access Books and Operation Jump Start and as a mentor for the Fulfillment Fund. Cheryl is a Board Member on the Westchester-Playa Neighborhood Council and serves as Vice Chair of the Education Committee.

Cheryl received a BA in Economics and English from Lafayette College, an MA in English Literature from Seton Hall University and an MPA from USC.

Julane Whalen

Support Staff

Matt Skolnik

Deputy

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Board Agenda
  • Chief Information Office
  • Consumer & Business Affairs
  • Consumer Affairs Advisory Commission
  • Discretionary Funds - SPAs
  • Information Systems Commission
  • Internal Services Department
  • Office of Small Business

Carl Gallucci

Budget and Justice Deputy

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Sheriff
  • Auditor-Controller
  • Audit Committee
  • Alternate Public Defender
  • Registrar-Recorder
  • Budget
  • Coroner
  • Courts
  • District Attorney
  • Grand Jury
  • LACERA
  • Office of Independent Review
  • Ombudsman
  • Probation
  • Public Defender
Biography

Carl Gallucci is responsible for policy issues governing Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system, the largest in the nation, as well as all aspects of Los Angeles County’s $13 billion dollar budget.

His job involves oversight of the following county departments: Sheriff, District Attorney, Probation, Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, Coroner, Superior Court, Municipal Court, Ombudsman, and the Office of County Security. He has served the Fourth Supervisorial District for over seven years in numerous capacities, including three years as an active member of Los Angeles County’s Audit Committee.

He has completed graduate course work in Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach.

Danielle Irwin

Support Staff

Gail LeGros

Scheduling Deputy

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Supervisor’s Schedule
  • Executive Office Liaison
  • Office Operations
  • Special Events
  • County Credit Union
Biography

Gail LeGros is responsible for the coordination of Supervisor’s Knabe’s schedule both downtown and in the field, and she oversees the assignments of the support staff in the office. Gail joined the Fourth District staff in 1981 and began with the County in 1973.

Julie Moore

Transportation and Planning Deputy

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Metro
  • Public Works
  • Metrolink/SCRRA
  • ACTA
  • High Speed Rail
  • Water Issues/Utilities
  • Building Board of Appeals
  • Sanitation Districts
  • Solid Waste Management Committee
  • Regional Planning
  • Local Agency Formation Commission
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments
  • San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
  • LAFCO
Biography

Julie Moore has more than 17 years of experience in urban and regional planning with the County of Los Angeles. She spent over 15 years with the Department of Regional Planning leading housing policy and community planning efforts in various urban unincorporated communities and serving as staff to the Regional Planning Commission and the County’s Airport Land Use Commission.

Julie received her Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and also has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of both the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Julie is a native of Los Angeles County. She is a former longtime resident of Hacienda Heights and is a product of the local schools there. She currently resides in the City of Glendale with her family.

Danielle Irwin

Support Staff

Richard Espinosa

Health Deputy

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Commission
  • Health Services
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • L.A. Care
  • AIDS Commission
  • Alcohol Commission
  • Disabilities Commission
Biography

Richard Espinosa serves as Supervisor Knabe’s health deputy, reviewing policy recommendations and serving as the Fourth District’s liaison on health related issues.

Richard joined the Supervisor’s staff after spending 17 years with the County Department of Health Services in a number of administrative capacities.

He is a graduate of Pomona College and the University of Southern California’s School of Public Administration.

Richard is the founder and one-time chairman of an interdepartmental task force responsible for creating the County’s Office of Small Business. On October 14, 1998 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Award.

Elma Granger

Support Staff

(213) 974-4444

Nick Ippolito

Assistant Chief of Staff

(213) 974-4444

Responsibilities:
  • Children and Family Services
  • Public and Social Services
  • Community/Senior Services
  • Child Support Services
  • First 5 L.A.
  • Homeless Services Authority
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Housing Authority
  • Community Development Commission
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Education
  • Safe Surrender Program
  • Legislation
  • ICAN
  • Commission on Aging
Biography

Nick Ippolito is Supervisor Knabe’s Assistant Chief of Staff. He advises the Supervisor on welfare issues, children’s services issues (including foster care), senior issues, homelessness, child abuse and neglect, workforce development, child support and early childhood development. Nick is also proud to be the Supervisor’s Assistant Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles County Safe Surrender program.

Nick’s departmental assignments include: Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services, Community and Senior Services, Public Social Services and Child Support Services. He also serves as the Supervisor’s liaison to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, the Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the First 5 Commission.

Prior to joining the Supervisor’s staff, Nick worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services for thirteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

Irma Alcala

Support Staff

Andrew Veis

Assistant Press Deputy, New Media Manager

(213) 974-4444

Fax: (213) 626-6941

Responsibilities:
  • Knabe.com
  • Week in Review
  • Media Relations
  • Annual Report
  • Speech Writing
  • Video Production
  • Advertisements
  • Program Letters
  • Social Media
  • Safe Surrender
  • Child Sex Trafficking
  • Special Projects
Biography

Andrew Veis is the Assistant Press Deputy and New Media Manager for Supervisor Knabe and is responsible for reporting on events and policy issues around the County. Andrew writes stories and press releases, and shoots and edits videos for publication on Knabe.com, the electronic newsletter, and the Supervisor’s social networking pages. He also works on other publications such as the Supervisor’s Week in Review and his public affairs television show, Dialed-In with Don Knabe.

Andrew grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley and currently lives in Studio City. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Marketing and has a strong background in media and web technology.

Julane Whalen

Support Staff

Downey Field Office

Downey, East Whittier, La Mirada, Los Nietos, Norwalk, South Whittier, Whittier

Andrea Avila

Field Deputy

(562) 803-7087

7500 E. Imperial Hwy Room 104 Downey, CA 90242

Responsibilities:
  • Office of Unincorporated Services
  • Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority
  • Downey Cemetery District
  • Native American Indian Committee
Biography

Andrea Avila represents Supervisor Knabe in the cities of Downey, La Mirada, Norwalk, Whittier, and Santa Fe Springs, as well as in the 4th District Unincorporated Areas of Whittier. She is responsible for local field office relations with city personnel, constituents and local businesses and is Supervisor Knabe’s representative at various community events.

Andrea has over 15 years of experience in the private sector and with non-profit organizations, specializing in corporate management and customer retention. Past responsibilities include assignments in Operations, Marketing, Strategic Consulting, Organization Building, Grant Writing and Management.

Irma Alcala

Support Staff

Norwalk Field Office

Downey, East Whittier, La Mirada, Los Nietos, Norwalk, South Whittier, Whittier, Santa Fe Springs

Andrea Avila

Field Deputy

(562) 807-7350

12720 Norwalk Blvd. Room 704 Norwalk, CA 90650

Responsibilities:
  • Office of Unincorporated Services
  • Operation Read
  • Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority
Biography

Andrea Avila represents Supervisor Knabe in the cities of Downey, La Mirada, Norwalk, Whittier, and in the 4th District Unincorporated Areas of Whittier. She is responsible for local field office relations with city personnel, constituents and local businesses and is Supervisor Knabe’s representative at various community events.

Andrea has over 15 years of experience in the private sector and with non-profit organizations, specializing in corporate management and customer retention. Past responsibilities include assignments in Operations, Marketing, Strategic Consulting, Organization Building, Grant Writing and Management.

Irma Alcala

Support Staff

Rowland Heights Field Office

Diamond Bar, La Habra Heights, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights

Angie Valenzuela

Field Deputy

(909) 594-6561

Fax: (909) 594-1621

1199 S. Fairway Dr., Suite 111 Walnut, CA 91789

Responsibilities:
  • Alameda Corridor East
  • Four Corners Transportation
  • Office of Unincorporated Services
  • San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
  • Wildlife Conservation Corridor Authority Board
  • Puente Hills Nature Habitat Preservation Board

Adriana Rodriguez

Support Staff

Long Beach / Signal Hill Field Office

Avalon, Long Beach, Santa Catalina Island, Signal Hill

Connie Sziebl

Field Deputy

(562) 256-1920

Fax: (562) 490-0549

1401 E. Willow St. Signal Hill, CA 90755

Responsibilities:
  • Agricultural Commissioner
  • Weights and Measures
  • Human Relations Commission
  • Gateway Council of Governments
  • Watershed Conservation Authority

Carol Nimmons

Support Staff

Bellflower Field Office

Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Paramount

Erin Stibal

Field Deputy

(562) 804-8208

Fax: (562) 804-2746

10025 E. Flower Street Bellflower, CA 90706

Responsibilities:
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Golf
  • Fish and Game Commission
  • Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
  • Artesia Cemetery District
Biography

Erin Stibal serves as the Fourth District’s field deputy for the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood and Paramount. She is responsible for the local field office relations with city personnel, constituents, and local businesses, and is Supervisor Knabe’s representative at various community events and meetings. In addition, Erin oversees the Department of Parks and Recreation for the Fourth District, which includes 20 local parks and five golf courses.  She joined the Supervisor Knabe’s staff in November 2000.

Born and raised in the Southeast Cities area, Erin is an alumna of Mayfair High School in Lakewood and California State University, Long Beach. She is a former marketing manager and community representative for a local restaurateur; she also worked with a local political consulting firm and assisted with a number of local campaigns.

Erin volunteers her time and support to many community organizations and programs. She serves on the Board of Directors of Pathways Volunteer Hospice of Long Beach/Lakewood, Community Family Guidance Center, the Weingart-Lakewood YMCA, and the Advisory Board of the Su Casa Family Crisis & Support Center. She is also a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain in the city of Lakewood, where she lives with her husband and son.

Danielle Irwin

Support Staff

Rowland Heights Field Office

Diamond Bar, La Habra Heights, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights

Lauren Yokomizo

Assistant Field Deputy

(909) 594-6561

Fax: (909) 594-1621

1199 S. Fairway Dr., Suite 111 Walnut, CA 91789

Responsibilities:
  • Animal Care & Control
  • Assessor
  • Assessment Appeals Board
  • Business License Commission
  • Treasurer Tax Collector

Adriana Rodriguez

Support Staff

San Pedro Field Office

Harbor City, Los Angeles, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro, Wilmington

Rebekah Kim

Field Deputy

(310) 519-6021

Fax: (310) 732-7927

302 West 5th Street, Suite 204 San Pedro, CA 90731

Responsibilities:
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority
  • South Bay Cities Council of Governments
  • Commission for Women
  • API Community
  • Gang Alternative Program
  • Wilmington Cemetery District
  • South Coast Botanical Gardens
Biography

Rebekah Kim has been a Field Representative for former Congresswoman Jane Harman for the past two years, working on labor, aerospace/defense and transportation issues. Prior to her role with the Congresswoman, she was the Manager of Public Affairs and Community Relations for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she served as the liaison between the Convention Bureau and local elected leaders.  Previously, she worked as a Press Aide for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and speaks conversational Korean.

Julane Whalen

Support Staff

Torrance Field Office

El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Westchester, Arts and Education, Operation Libraries

Steve Napolitano

Field Deputy

(310) 222-3015

825 Maple Ave. Torrance, CA 90503

Responsibilities:
  • Beaches and Harbors
  • South Bay Cities Council of Governments
  • Los Angeles County Public Library
  • Arts
  • Aviation Committee
  • Beach Commission
  • Coliseum Commission
  • County Counsel
  • Design Control Board
  • Max Bus Board
  • Risk Management/Workers' Compensation
  • Santa Monica Bay Restoration
  • Small Craft Harbor Commission
  • Small Craft Harbor Design Control Board
  • South Bay Association Chamber of Commerce
Biography

Since 2005, Steve has represented Supervisor Knabe in eight South Bay communities and oversees several County departments and special assignments. Steve has worked successfully to promote job growth, expand economic development, improve environmental protections, and support Fourth District nonprofits and community groups, while personally answering the calls and emails of constituents on a daily basis.

Prior to working with Supervisor Knabe, Steve was the youngest person elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 1992 at the age of 26. He served as Mayor and Councilmember, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 1997 and 2001 before being termed out in 2005. Recognized as a County-wide leader in local government, Steve was elected by his peers from cities across LA County to serve as President of the Independent Cities Association for 2002-2003.

While serving on the City Council, Steve worked as a part-time teacher as he put himself through law school, graduating from Loyola Law School and passing the bar in 2000. He then joined a local law firm specializing in education law. Steve has received numerous awards for his public service, serves on several nonprofit boards, and is a life-long resident of Manhattan Beach.

Hector Adame

Support Staff

Dana Giambalvo

Executive Secretary to Supervisor Knabe

Elma Granger

Database Manager

Maria Ferguson

Reception

Ruben Ornelas

Special Assistant to Supervisor Knabe