FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1st, 2020
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RELEASE: Senator-Elect Dave Min Announces First Staff Hires
Dave Min, coming off of his upset victory over incumbent John Moorlach to represent Orange County’s 37th Senate District, announced the hiring of his first staff members. The UC Irvine law professor and former Wall Street prosecutor named Annie Chou to be his Chief of Staff and Ash Alvandi to be his District Director.
Ms. Chou is a Sacramento veteran and rising star who is completing a highly regarded stint as Chief of Staff for Assemblywoman Christy Smith. She previously worked for Asms. Richard Bloom and Phil Ting, and has managed a number of key races for the Assembly Democrats, including most recently the successful reelection of Asm. Sabrina Cervantes. Chou’s hiring brings her back to the State Senate’s “Red Carpet,” where she began her career as a district representative and legislative aide. As a legislative staffer, she worked on a number of key bills to decrease bureaucracy – including increasing student access and flexibility to Scholarshare and increasing local government access to their unclaimed property held by the State Controller – and was named as one of the National Association of Asian Pacifics in Politics & Public Affairs (NAAPPPA)’s “40 Under 40” top political staffers in the country in 2019.
Mr. Alvandi is transitioning over from serving as the campaign manager for Senator-Elect Min’s historic 2020 campaign, which was one of the most closely-watched races in California this past year. Under his leadership, Min’s State Senate campaign oversaw an incredible outreach program that managed over 3,000 volunteers and a robust paid communications program of over $1 million. He is a lifelong resident of Orange County with deep roots in the community and local politics and looks forward to serving the people of Orange County in his new role.
The appointments of Chou, who is Chinese-American, and Alvandi, who is Iranian-American, signal a stark change from past practices and reflect the growing diversity of Senate District 37, which includes the cities of Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Tustin and Villa Park. Nearly half the population of SD37 is made up of AAPIs, Latinos, and other minorities. Chou is the only female AAPI Chief in the Senate and Alvandi is the only Iranian-American District Director in the State Legislature.
Senator-Elect Min’s office is currently accepting resumes for Scheduler, as well as staff for his capitol and district teams. Please email resumes and cover letters to [email protected] or [email protected].
David Min is a University of California Irvine Law Professor, father of three, and a former economic policy staffer in the United States Senate and for the Center for American Progress. Min began his legal career at the Securities and Exchange Commission to protect the retirement security of seniors, turning down high paying jobs to serve the public interest. He is a leading economic expert whose research focuses on banking and housing policy.
California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park. California State Senate District 37 is located in Orange County and includes the communities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park. Senator-elect Min received over 270,000 votes—the most in the history of this district—and became the first Democrat ever elected to represent SD-37, and the first Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democrat ever elected out of Orange County to the State Legislature.