Chief of Staff
Scott Barnett started in local government and politics with his 1984 election to the Del Mar City Council at age 21. As councilmember, he served as the City’s representative on the North County Transit District and San Diego Association of Governments board of directors.
Since then, he has been involved in hundreds of public policy issues, first in the mid-1990s as Executive Director of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, where he instituted the iconic Golden Watchdog & Fleece Awards. It was at that time he started studying the County of San Diego and advocated for prudent fiscal policies to stave off bankruptcy.
Scott then served as President/CEO of the non-partisan Lincoln Club of San Diego County. In 2003, he founded Taxpayers Advocate, an organization that analyzes public and private projects, determining fiscal and economic impacts on government entities.
As a consultant, Scott has managed and been active in dozens of local political campaigns, and was himself elected and served from 2010-2014 as Trustee on the San Diego Unified School District Board. Besides fighting for every dollar to be sent to the classrooms, he oversaw “Tiger Teams” where both employees and parents worked together to review the District’s non-educational departments.
Scott led efforts to implement innovative public-private partnerships that resulted in privately built public facilities, freed up budget dollars and generated new funds for student learning.
He served as a policy analyst and press secretary to Assemblyman Joel Anderson, press secretary to Senator Mark Wyland, and was appointed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to the prestigious State of California Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan board that includes state legislators and reviews state programs and spending.
He is recognized as a skilled advocate and an expert in media relations, and has appeared dozens of times in the local, state and national media.
Over the years, Scott has worked positively with both organized labor and the business community, believing, like Supervisor Anderson, that getting to a “win-win” is the ultimate goal.
Scott’s greatest joys are his two grown daughters and talking politics with his 94-year-old mother, Patricia.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work for my good friend, Supervisor Joel Anderson. I have no doubt his leadership will result in a new level of economic prosperity and job creation for east county, and real results for the residents of District 2.”
Senior Policy Advisor
Patricia, a lifelong resident of District 2, has worked in local government and non-profit administration in San Diego for 25 years. She has served as Director of Policy and Deputy Chief of Staff for elected with the County and City of San Diego and California State Legislature. Her previous 10-year service with the County included Chief of Staff for two Chief Administrators Officers and as a Department Director with the Health and Human Services Agency. Patricia was one of the original architects of the County of San Diego’s General Management System, managed competition and reengineering initiatives and other projects that enhanced the quality of County services and accountability to the public and taxpayers. Patricia was an operations manager of two nonprofit organizations serving low-income seniors and was President/CEO of San Diego County Crime Stoppers.
Since 2001, Patricia has served on the faculty of San Diego State University’s School of Public Affairs – where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees - and teaches nearly 20 different undergraduate and graduate public policy and public management courses. Patricia’s diverse professional experience in administration and political settings allows for a unique practitioner perspective in academia. As the instructor of internship/practicum courses for the School’s public administration, criminal justice and city planning programs, she has facilitated personalized field assignments for more than 2,000 students since 2011 in local governments and nonprofit agencies, sharpened their career readiness skills and shared her love of public service with our region’s future leaders. Patricia has also served on the faculty of National University’s graduate program in Public Administration since 2003
Senior Policy Advisor
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.
Land Use Director
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.
Mike Harrison is the District Director for Supervisor Anderson. He has a Masters degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University and over 26 years of experience serving the constituents of East San Diego County. Throughout his career, Mike has held key roles, led initiatives, and set strategic direction for important policy issues such as water management, natural resources, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, Native-American affairs, small business development, taxes, federal appropriations, education, and veterans. Mike also has significant experience in constituent relations, working to ensure that the concerns and ideas of our community are not only heard, but acted upon as well. Mike lives in Ramona with his wife and two children and enjoys being an active leader in his church and involved with many community organizations.
Digital Media & Outreach Director
Michael is known as Team Anderson’s “technical guru”. Having started his career with Supervisor Anderson in 2014 at the state legislature as his communications assistant, Michael has since honed his skills as a communications professional by working in the nonprofit industry. In addition to a love for media and communications, Michael is passionate about leadership; he holds an undergraduate degree in leadership & justice with a political science emphasis and is expected to graduate in August with his Masters of Business Administration in organizational leadership. Michael uses his creativity to connect constituents with Team Anderson through digital media platforms, including social media, website, and more. One of his favorite quotes is by former President Teddy Roosevelt, which is, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Administrative & Policy Aide
Gianna Belsito is a recent graduate from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Government. Gianna has been a part of Team Anderson since 2017 and served as both a legislative and executive intern, as well as assisting on his campaign for County Supervisor in the summer of 2019. She recently worked on the Listos California Campaign under the Governor's office, in partnership with CALOES, as a Social Media and Marketing Coordinator. She disseminated vital information to vulnerable populations to help them prepare for natural disasters. In her spare time, Gianna enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family and friends.
Legislative Aide / Scheduler
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.
Communications & Policy Aide
Paige is a communications professional who strives to serve the public good. A native resident of District 2, Paige grew up in Rancho San Diego and regularly volunteered at several East County philanthropies. Previously, she interned at then-Senator Anderson’s office, served as a Communications Intern at Mayor Faulconer’s office, and worked on campaigns throughout the San Diego region. In 2020, she worked with the County to stop the spread of COVID-19 as a Lead Contact Tracer. Paige attends San Diego State University on a full academic scholarship while proudly representing her school as an SDSU Cheerleader. She is slated to graduate in May 2021 with a dual degree in Political Science and Communication and an Honors minor in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Assistant Policy and Land-Use Director
Madeline is hardworking and a team player with a “can do” attitude. She has over 3 years of experience in land use planning and is continuing her education with a master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State University. She has worked for the County of San Diego in their Planning and Development Services department specifically in the Advance Planning division and before joining Team Anderson, was working for Rick Engineering in their Planning Department. Madeline has lived and grown up in East County and is eager to help her community.