Team Anderson

Maggie Sleeper

Deputy Chief of Staff
(858) 264-9547

Maggie.Sleeper@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Maggie Sleeper brings almost two decades of political, policy and industry experience to the job of Deputy Chief of Staff for Supervisor Joel Anderson. Previously, Maggie served as a Municipal Infrastructure Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric, where she partnered with local governments to coordinate major infrastructure projects. She was the recipient of an SDG&E Spotlight Award for her work facilitating a series of Wildfire Safety Workshops with local governments and community leaders. Prior to her role at SDG&E, Maggie served as Director of Policy to San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman, where she worked on reforms to encourage housing production and improve outcomes for the City’s homelessness response system. For 10 years, Maggie served as a staff member, Legislative Director, and Deputy Chief of Staff for California Assemblymember, then State Senator Joel Anderson, and Assemblymember Linda Halderman. During this time, she shepherded successful legislation to crack down on human trafficking in massage establishments, to provide funding to school districts for reducing school bus emissions, to prevent incarcerated physicians from writing prescriptions, and to provide transitional services to exonerated inmates. She also managed the legislative efforts to rename a portion of I-15 near MCAS Miramar the “Tuskegee Airmen Highway,” as well as historic designations for Highway 94 and Highway 67 in the San Diego backcountry. Maggie graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She is an Alumna of the San Diego County Water Authority “Citizens Water Academy,” LeSar Development Consultants Housing Policy Leadership Academy, and holds a certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. She, her husband, and six-year-old son reside in the Spring Valley community of San Diego County.

Team Anderson exists to make County government work for the constituents of District 2. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of Team Anderson below. If you are unsure of who to contact with your question or concern, please consider using the Contact Us form.


Administrative Team


Maggie Sleeper

Chief of Staff
(619) 764-1883

Maggie.Sleeper@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Maggie Sleeper brings almost two decades of political, policy and industry experience to the job of Chief of Staff for Supervisor Joel Anderson. Previously, Maggie served as a Municipal Infrastructure Advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric, where she partnered with local governments to coordinate major infrastructure projects. She was the recipient of an SDG&E Spotlight Award for her work facilitating a series of Wildfire Safety Workshops with local governments and community leaders. Prior to her role at SDG&E, Maggie served as Director of Policy to San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman, where she worked on reforms to encourage housing production and improve outcomes for the City’s homelessness response system. For 10 years, Maggie served as a staff member, Legislative Director, and Deputy Chief of Staff for California Assemblymember, then State Senator Joel Anderson, and Assemblymember Linda Halderman. During this time, she shepherded successful legislation to crack down on human trafficking in massage establishments, to provide funding to school districts for reducing school bus emissions, to prevent incarcerated physicians from writing prescriptions, and to provide transitional services to exonerated inmates. She also managed the legislative efforts to rename a portion of I-15 near MCAS Miramar the “Tuskegee Airmen Highway,” as well as historic designations for Highway 94 and Highway 67 in the San Diego backcountry. Maggie graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BA in Political Science and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She is an Alumna of the San Diego County Water Authority “Citizens Water Academy,” LeSar Development Consultants Housing Policy Leadership Academy, and holds a certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. She, her husband, and six-year-old son reside in the Spring Valley community of San Diego County.


Heather Koszka

Director of Operations
(619) 531-5932 (desk)

Heather.Koszka@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Heather Koszka is an experienced and enthusiastic public servant with a passion for making public policy accessible to the people. A Northern California native, Heather found her aptitude for public service while working in the California State Legislature in Sacramento. For over a decade, Heather connected San Diego constituents with their state government while working for multiple state legislators, including Senator Joel Anderson. Heather quickly became known for her exceptional scheduling and professional skills throughout the Capitol, where she was asked to host bipartisan trainings for several legislative offices. Heather’s work has received state and national attention, including recognition from the Robert M. Hertzberg Capitol Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Some of her greatest accomplishments include organizing highly attended community events and growing Senator Anderson’s Capitol Internship program to over 180 interns, later earning her a position as Capitol Office Director for Senator Brian Jones.

 

Heather rejoined Team Anderson in 2021 and is eager to serve San Diego County constituents, now at a local government level. She is thrilled to finally be living in the San Diego area and plans to explore all the beautiful things our area has to offer.


Eliran Hershko
Special Projects Manager
(858) 289-9221
Eliran.Hershko@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Eliran is proud to be a product of Senator Anderson’s internship program and is on a mission to provide as many interns with as many opportunities as possible. Eliran has worn many hats over his professional career, from filling a vacant staff role in the state legislature to being an educator for an international non-profit and a marketing director for a small business. Eliran attended Moorpark Community College before transferring to UC – San Diego to study Political Science with a focus in Public Policy. He is an outdoors enthusiast who loves board sports and basketball, you may run into him at the Pacific Highlands pump track on the weekends or passionately supporting his favorite team the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

If you are interested in an internship with Supervisor Anderson’s office, please contact Eliran.


Melody Gentilhomme
Scheduling Assistant

(619) 531-5522

Melody.Gentilhomme@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Melody is a junior undergraduate student at UC San Diego pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a specialization in Language and Culture and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a specialization in American Politics. Melody first started off as an intern at Supervisor Anderson’s office and worked her way up to being hired as Scheduling Assistant. Prior to working for Team Anderson, Melody served as an intern on many local and national campaigns and worked as a Ski Instructor and Camp Counselor in her home state of Washington. Outside of her work, Melody co-founded the first Women’s Outdoor Collective at UCSD where she guides various outdoor climbing, surfing, and camping trips. 


Policy Team


Michael Kulis
Policy Director
(858) 285-5669

Michael.Kulis@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Michael is a strategic policy and government relations professional and has served in senior positions for elected officials and major public and private-sector agencies. Prior to joining Supervisor Anderson’s office, he worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate and as a senior advisor to a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. As director of inter-governmental relations at San Diego International Airport, Michael led the agency’s legislative and regulatory advocacy program. He also served as director of public affairs and government relations for a leading communications firm in San Diego. Michael has served on numerous regional, state and national committees and was recognized as a “40 Under 40” honoree by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Villanova University and resides in the community of San Carlos. 

 

Michael handles the policy areas of economic development, infrastructure, airports, broadband, LAFCO, and SANDAG for Supervisor Anderson. 


Victoria Floyd

Policy Advisor

(619) 531-5940

Victoria.Floyd@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Victoria (also known as 'Tori') is a knowledgeable east county enthusiast. Before joining Team Anderson, Victoria carried out her passions for public service and community involvement as a Field Representative, Grant Administrator and Policy Advisor in Supervisor Jacob’s office. Tori earned a double B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of California, San Diego and plans to pursue a Masters in Public Administration in the next few years. Tori is extremely dedicated to her community and loves to volunteer and maintain strong engagement with many organizations. She now serves as an Assistant Policy Director for Supervisor Anderson and is excited to continue to work alongside great people who share her fervor for helping constituents.

 

Tori handles Health & Human Services policy as well as managing the Supervisor's CAC Internship program. 


Ibrahim Ahmed, MPA

Policy Advisor

(619) 957-8912

Ibrahim.Ahmed@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Ibrahim obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at San Diego State University and shortly after, his master’s in Public Policy and Administration. His professional expertise lies in both policy and community development and is an alumnus of the San Diego Leadership Alliance fellowship. He previously served as a staffer at the San Diego City Council where he closely worked with constituents to solve issues and advised the Council President on policy matters.

 

Ibrahim handles the policy areas of Homelessness, Refugee and Immigrant Affairs, Equity and Racial Justice, Ethics, Compliance and Labor Standards, Arts and Culture, and Libraries for Supervisor Anderson.



Greg Kazmer
Land Use Advisor

(858) 289-9234
Gregory.Kazmer@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Greg Kazmer joins Supervisor Anderson’s Office after spending four years with the County’s Planning & Development Services (PDS) department. Greg was a Planning Manager that worked on some of the most complex land use issues and programs, including the Climate Action Plan and the Vehicle Miles Traveled threshold, as well as numerous development projects. While at PDS, Greg managed a staff of nine planners. Prior to working at the County, Greg spent eight years working locally for environmental consulting firms specializing in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Greg is well versed in federal, state, and local regulations, including the County’s General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. While not working he enjoys spending time with his family, watching Chicago sports teams, and attempting to play golf.

 

Greg handles the policy areas of the Land Use & Environment Group for Supervisor Anderson. 


Community Outreach Team


Roarke Shanley

District Director

(858) 276-8919

Roarke.Shanley@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Roarke is a life-long San Diegan and first generation American. Having served in multiple roles as a Civil Servant, he brings a wealth of experience from both state and local government to his role as District Director for Supervisor Joel Anderson. Roarke graduated from the University of California San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis on American Politics, as well as a Minor in Marketing from the Rady School of Management. Prior to joining Team Anderson, Roarke served as Senior Field Representative to Assembly Minority Leader Marie Waldron. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running on the many beautiful trails San Diego County has to offer and tending to his avocado trees.

 

For questions about grants or appointments to county boards and commissions, contact Roarke.


Mariko Nakawatase

Assistant District Director
(858) 285-0162
Mariko.Nakawatase@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Mariko is a native San Diegan with a keen interest in helping her community foster growth, connection and acceptance. A graduate of Arizona State University with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science, she is ready for creating a better community. Before joining Team Anderson, Mariko assisted him with his campaign and also worked on the Escondido City Council campaign for Joe Garcia. Her decade long record of community service in the county includes the cities of La Mesa, Bonita, San Diego and Imperial Beach. She has a background of service, fundraising, and leadership and passion for her county. She is thrilled to be back on Team Anderson and ready to serve the constituents of District 2. 


Michelle Surakhanova

Internship Coordinator

(619) 441-4327

Michelle.Surakhanova@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Michelle earned her Bachelor's degree in Economics from California State University, Northridge, wherein recognition of her academic achievements, she received a Certificate of Distinction award. She is earning her master's degree in management information systems with a focus in business analytics from San Diego State University. Michelle is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the nation's largest leadership honors society. Before joining Team Anderson, Michelle worked in management and later as a legal assistant for a highly prestigious family law firm in Los Angeles. As a Legislative Assistant, Michelle manages the internship department and is responsible for documenting all constituent correspondence and casework. Her top priority is to provide exceptional service and support to San Diego County constituents and assist Team Andersons' mission to provide economic prosperity throughout our district. Michelle plays the piano, she enjoys hiking, figure skating, reading, analytics and watching documentaries. 


Mehri Sadri

Community Outreach Coordinator

(858) 264-8109 

Mehri.Sadri@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Mehri is a third-year undergraduate student at UC San Diego, on track to earn her bachelor’s degree in June 2024, and her quantitative Master’s in Public Policy by June 2025. At 19 years old, Mehri has the privilege of serving as a liaison between Supervisor Anderson and the exemplary community members that comprise his District and has helped Supervisor Anderson recognize thousands of constituents for their exemplary work through the Certificate of Recognition program. Mehri holds an affinity for connecting effective outreach methods with simple programming and software solutions and has the honor of training a multitude of interns on such techniques every day. Working with local community stakeholders from a young age, Mehri has had the opportunity to take on leadership roles, such as  becoming the Scripps Ranch Teen Council President & Jerabek FFO Event Chair, raising thousands of dollars to be utilized back in the community.

 

Out of the office, Mehri holds a Staff Writer position for The Guardian at UCSD, is a member of the UCSD Model United Nations and Varsity Speech and Debate travel teams and is happy to serve a two-year term as the youngest elected board member on a City of San Diego Planning Group.

 

For any Certificate of Recognition requests, please use the certificate request form or contact at mehri.sadri@sdcounty.ca.gov



Christopher Kazanchi

Grant Administrator

(619) 441-4327

Christopher.Kazanchi@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Christopher is a second-year student, majoring in Political Science, at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, working diligently towards transferring to a university in the coming year. Serving as your Grant Administrator for District 2, Christopher expertly handles the administration of several grant programs including, Community Enhancement, Neighborhood Reinvestment, Small Business Stimulus Grant, while coordinating Small Business Grant Workshops. Christopher grew up in District 2 and continues to serve his community stemming from a deep and lasting connection. Christopher demonstrates interpersonal skills, a collaborative attitude, attention to detail, and adaptability, all aimed at contributing positively to best serving constituents in grant administration. With this, Christopher desires to leverage these skills to make a lasting impact in community development and enrichment.

 

In his spare time, Christopher enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with his family, and reading. As an avid reader, Harry Potter stands as Christopher’s favorite series, reflecting a rich literary passion.

 

For questions about the Community Enhancement, Neighborhood Reinvestment, and Small Business Stimulus Grant programs, please contact Christopher at Christopher.Kazanchi@sdcounty.ca.gov.


Communications Team


Matthew G. Phy

Director of Communications
(619) 957-8834

Matthew.Phy@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Matthew is a southern California native bringing over a decade of political, communications, and policy experience to District 2. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with Minors in Communication and Media Analysis. In June 2023, Matthew was admitted and awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, a Top 20 Law School in the country, to pursue his Master of Studies in Law (MSL) graduate degree with an emphasis and certificate in Business Law. Matthew was recognized in 2023 as a “Top 40 under 40” honoree by San Diego Metro Magazine. Matthew’s significant policy experience includes several statewide and local campaigns, where he served as a top advisor. Prior to joining Supervisor Anderson’s office, Matthew was Deputy District Director and Senior Policy Advisor to former California State Senate Minority Leader and State Senator Patricia C. Bates. Matthew is a foodie and loves exploring new, local restaurants with friends. He’s also a proud uncle with three nieces and two nephews: Braelyn, David, Kinsley, Grace, and Caleb.

 

Matthew handles all communications, media inquiries, and Public Safety Policy.


Ian Harper

Communications Coordinator

(619) 441-4327

Ian.Harper@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Ian is a senior undergraduate student at San Diego State University studying Economics. At SDSU, Ian is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and previously served on the Executive Board as the Risk Management Officer. Ian was brought on in 2023 after completing the internship program a year prior, where he attended many events representing the Supervisor, and even became a published writer. Outside of work and school, Ian is a big sports fan who loves watching his teams, the Chargers, Lakers, Dodgers, and Kings. Ian is also an avid enjoyer of nature, of which San Diego County has plenty to offer. 

 

To request a Proclamation, Adjournment in Memoriam, or for questions about appointments to County Boards and Commissions, please contact Ian.


Miyu Oda-DesHotels
Constituent Affairs Coordinator

(619) 705-9601

Miyu.Oda@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

Miyu Oda DesHotels is a driven individual who graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Throughout her academic journey, she displayed a strong passion for community engagement and leadership. As the President of the Black Student Science Organization, Miyu spearheaded initiatives to promote diversity in the field of science and fostered a supportive environment for students. Additionally, as an active member of the Community Service Co-ed Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, she dedicated over 200 hours to various community service projects, making a positive impact on the lives of others. She is eager to provide assistance and ensure that the needs of the community are met effectively and efficiently.

 

If you have any inquiries or issues related to the County Departments, feel free to reach out to Miyu Oda DesHotels.


Rania Notowidigdo

Communications Assistant

Rania.Notowidigdo@sdcounty.ca.gov
 

Rania is currently in her third year as an undergraduate student at the University of California, San Diego. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a specialization in Public Policy as well as two minors in both Psychology and Climate Change Studies. She anticipates graduating in June 2025. Prior to her current role in the Communications Team, she served as a Legislative Intern for Supervisor Joel Anderson. During that time, she gained invaluable experience in casework, outreach, administrative tasks, and, notably, communication skills. Outside of her academic and career commitments, Rania serves as captain for both of her UCSD based dance teams. In her remaining free time, she dedicates herself to volunteering for various animal welfare organizations within San Diego County.