Staff Information

Martin Gardner, Policy Advisor

As an active community member, Martin Gardner has devoted significant time to local organizations, including Crime Survivors, Crime Stoppers, Holiday Hope and Hope School. He is also a former board member for the YMCA of Orange. Previously, Martin served as a District Representative for then-Assembly Member Todd Spitzer. He was also a staffer for the Spitzer campaign for supervisor, coordinating volunteer activities and helping oversee Spitzer's schedule of events. Martin also served on past campaigns for Spitzer, including his re-election efforts while serving in the California Assembly. In addition to his political involvement, his private sector accomplishments include being a small business owner, providing inventory to retail stores.

Al Tello, Field Deputy

Al has more than 24 years of experience in state and local government, and has worked for several elected officials. He also served for eight years as the Foundation Director of the Irvine Valley College Foundation where he helped to create the largest scholarship endowment in the history of the college. Prior to moving to Orange County, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Bakersfield where he was elected Student Body President and named the Outstanding Student in Arts and Sciences. Currently serving as the Treasurer of the University High School, he was also awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award by the Orange County Athletic Directors Association.