Lance Christensen | Chief of Staff
Lance Christensen has earned a national reputation as a government budget and finance policy expert. Prior to joining Senator Moorlach's staff, Mr. Christensen served as the Director of the Pension Reform Project for the nationally respected Reason Foundation. His budget and finance analyses have been published in multiple national and local publications, and he is a sought-after expert presenter on government finance and debt issues. Mr. Christensen also spent nearly a decade working as a legislative consultant in the California State Senate, as well as a finance budget analyst at the Department of Finance. Mr. Christensen earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and Masters of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.
Alicia Belmontes Zgombic | Capitol Office Director
Alicia Belmontes has nearly thirty years of experience working in the State Capitol, including as Executive Assistant for former Senate Republican Leader Rob Hurtt and former Secretary of State Bruce McPherson, among others. Most recently, Ms. Belmontes served as a State Senate Floor Analyses Consultant where she analyzed the Governance and Finance Committee bills that were placed on the Senate third-reading file. She also processed the third-reading amendments on the Senate Desk. In addition to serving as Senator Moorlach’s Capitol Office Director, Ms. Belmontes will use her fluency in Spanish to oversee Senator Moorlach’s outreach to Spanish language media.
Eric Dietz | Legislative Director
Eric Dietz has almost a decade of experience working for the California legislature. While majoring in Government at California State University, Sacramento and serving on the Board of Directors for College Republicans, Mr. Dietz discovered his passion for politics. This passion is what led him to a career in the Legislature where he has worked for four members of the California State Assembly. Mr. Dietz began his political career as a Field Representative in San Diego, but quickly realized the State Capitol is where he wanted to be. During his time in the State Capitol, Mr. Dietz has worked on a variety of issues including the state budget, elections, labor, public employment, and pensions. Mr. Dietz is also very active in the Sacramento community where he volunteers for several different organizations.
Jennifer Hodgkins | Legislative Aide
Jennifer Hodgkins earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. Soon after graduation, she developed a passion for civic engagement and discovered her interest in the legislative process. Ms. Hodgkins brings 4 years of political and public policy experience to Team Moorlach. During her time in the State Assembly, Ms. Hodgkins worked closely with the Millennial Action Project and has become a key voice on messaging the principles of free-markets and individual liberty. Ms. Hodgkins has worked on a range of issues including: transportation, judiciary, insurance and has advocated for a better small business environment in California.
Spencer Street | Legislative Aide
Spencer Street is a uniquely blended legislative staffer with years working in finance, agriculture, and public policy. Previous jobs laid the foundation for his passion for public policy where Mr. Street has focused his attention to government financing. He is driven to advance a prosperous California by developing and communicating sound public policy. Mr. Street is a recent graduate of Santa Clara University where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Finance with a minor in Political Science. While at Santa Clara, he served as the President of the Men’s Rugby Team and as a Council member in the Club Sports Department.
Megan De Sousa | Capitol Fellow & Legislative Aide
Megan De Sousa joins Senator Moorlach’s staff as a 2018-19 Capitol Fellow. She has lived, worked, and studied in the 37th Senatorial district and attended the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration with emphases in Marketing and Organization/Management. Prior to her time in Senator Moorlach’s office, she worked in the private sector in ministry work and most recently in political consulting and public affairs. Ms. De Sousa has always had a passion for public policy and currently serves on the board for the Young Republicans of Greater Sacramento.
Scott Carpenter | District Director
Scott Carpenter has been active in Orange County's public policy arena for over fifteen years. Widely considered an expert on business and economic development, Mr. Carpenter has put his stamp on policymakers’ efforts to streamline the County's regulatory structure and help small businesses grow. Prior to joining Senator Moorlach’s staff, Mr. Carpenter served as Policy Advisor for Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson. He is also an elected leader in several local and statewide political volunteer organizations and advisor to multiple organizations that fight poverty and serve military families. Mr. Carpenter earned his Political Science and History Degrees from Concordia University, Irvine.
Pasquale Talarico | Deputy Chief of Staff
Pasquale Talarico has been active in Orange County public affairs for nearly ten years. Considered an expert in communications and social media platforms, Mr. Talarico has worked with local and state thought leaders and community leaders to raise awareness on important public policy issues Californians care about. Prior to joining Senator Moorlach’s staff, Mr. Talarico worked in the education field and with non-profit organizations helping them develop and strengthen their respective networks. During this time, he became a trusted advisor to government officials at the local, state and national levels. He continues to be a sought after speaker on communication strategy, messaging, and using social platforms to effectively reach targeted audiences. He spends much of his free time with his family and volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park. Mr. Talarico earned his degree in History from California State University, Fullerton.
Deborah Sandoval | Executive Assistant & District Representative
Deborah is a recent college graduate from Vanguard University. She received her B.A in History/Political Science. She worked with the Republican National Committee as their Deputy Director for the Republican Leadership Initiative in California. In her free time Deborah helps out with her local church as well as volunteering with Ministerio Filadelfia at an orphanage in Mexico.
Elisa Nelson | District Representative
Elisa Nelson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona where she was recognized for her academic excellence and achievement. Throughout her educational and professional career Ms. Nelson has developed her passion for public service and political advocacy. She brings 4 years of legislative and district experience from the office of United States Senator John McCain and the California State Assembly. Most recently, Ms. Nelson served as Regional Field Representative for the California Republican Party.
John Seiler | Press Secretary
Veteran journalist John Seiler wrote columns and editorials for the Orange County Register for 29 years, 1987-2016, largely on California economics and politics. He also was managing editor of CalWatchDog.com from 2010 to 2015. Born in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan and Hillsdale College, where he graduated in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in political economy. From 1978-82, he was a Russian linguist in the U.S. Army, with a Top Secret-Special Intelligence security clearance. He learned Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. He was stationed in Frankfurt, West Germany from 1979-82. In 1982, he received a Wilbur Fellowship to intern with one of his Hillsdale teachers, conservative philosopher Russell Kirk. From 1982-87, he wrote and edited for several publications in Washington, D.C., including Human Events, Conservative Digest, Phillips Publishing and the Washington Times. He has written for numerous other publications, including the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Los Angeles Daily News and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.