November 13, 2018

DA-Elect Spitzer Announces Transition Leadership Team


ORANGE COUNTY – November 13 - D.A.-elect Todd Spitzer announced the leadership team that will assist him during his transition to Orange County District Attorney, tapping several advisors who will help select advisory committee members and other leadership as he prepares for his first term in office. Mr. Rackauckas has graciously granted senior executive staff permission to work with DA-Elect Spitzer and his transition team to ensure a smooth transition occurs for the incoming administration.


D.A.-elect Todd Spitzer said, “I’m proud to announce today the leadership of our transition team. Together we will ensure this is a productive phase drawing on the knowledge of experts from every issue group to set our agendas and priorities for the first term.”


Chairman Shawn Nelson gave the following statement, “Over the coming days we will announce the full advisory committee and work with our partners in the criminal justice community to help facilitate a smooth transition to office.”


Todd Spitzer’s senior transition leadership team is as follows:


Chair, Shawn Nelson


Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson has been named Chairman of Spitzer's senior transition leadership team. Nelson built a successful litigation firm, and was elected to three terms as Councilman and Mayor of Fullerton before serving on the Orange County Board of Supervisors with multiple terms as acting Chairman.


Vice Chair, Patrick Dixon


Former Los Angeles County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Dixon was named Vice Chair. Dixon is a thirty-seven year career prosecutor and trial attorney who served as Assistant District Attorney for almost two years, and as a member of the District Attorney’s executive staff supervised over 370 deputy district attorneys, and managed 16 trial divisions that handled complex, high-profile and capital cases.


Executive Director, Melanie Eustice


Spitzer’s Supervisorial Chief of Staff Melanie Eustice will be the transition team’s Executive Director. Eustice has worked directly for over twenty elected officials at the state and local levels of government. She has extensive government affairs experience holding the positions of Budget Analyst, Public Information Officer, Campaign Manager and Assistant to the City Manager.


Senior Advisor, John Thomas


Thomas will serve as Senior Advisor to the transition team. Thomas was the Chief Strategist for the Spitzer campaign and specializes in strategy consulting for local and federal political campaigns nationwide as well as corporations, ballot measures, non-profits and universities. He has lead and served in a senior leadership capacity of numerous transition efforts for local, state and federal elected officials.


Communications Director, Jennilee Brown


Brown, Vice President of Operations for Thomas’ communications firm and consultant for Spitzer’s campaign, will be the Communications Director. She specializes in campaign management, communications and strategic oversight.








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