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Anthony Crisostomo

Anthony Crisostomo
Year/Track: 2016
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Major: Sociology

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Aaron Brieno

Aaron  Brieno

Field Placement: California Assembly Member Henry T. Perea's office 

At an early age Aaron developed a strong interest in the social and political issues facing local and state governments.  As a child Aaron vividly remembers accompanying his father to  City Council meetings while his father served the California city of Hanford as a Councilman and later Mayor. At that young age Aaron was able to understand that involvement in local civics required strong dedication and commitment.

In 2006, Aaron came to truly appreciate the amount of time and dedication involvement in local politics required. Throughout 2006, Aaron served as his father's campaign manager in his bid to unseat the three term District 4 incumbent on the Kings County Board of Supervisors. This experience was very meaningful to Aaron and he was able to gain a firsthand in-depth understanding regarding the complex dynamics that are involved in a race for public office. The time spent working in the community, organizing volunteers and overseeing campaign fundraising, provided Aaron with a wide breadth of experience. The most meaningful experiences came while walking precincts and speaking with hundreds of District 4's constituents.  Walking precincts allowed Aaron to meet and speak with constituents about issues important to them in their communities and neighborhoods.  

Aaron has interned as a Law Clerk for Gina Jett Attorney at Law with the San Mateo County Private Defender Program.  Here he researched legal issues regarding child dependency cases, juvenile criminal cases, and Lanterman Petris Short Act (LPS) conservatorships. He also assisted in client interviews for child dependency cases and juvenile criminal cases and reviewed client police reports, medical reports and social services recommendations to provide updates to supervising attorney.  Aaron is currently enrolled in the Capital Certificate in Public Law and Policy.  

Aaron interned as a staff assistant in California Assembly Member Henry T. Perea's office. Assembly Member Perea represents the 31st District and is chair of the Insurance Committee.  Aaron routinely assisted legislative staff members on various issues relating the assembly member's current proposed legislation.  He was also responsible for researching and drafting responses to both constituents and organizational groups  inquires on legislation approaching the assembly for a vote.  Once while the assembly member was in committee Aaron met with and listened to the concerns of a local labor union regarding legislation coming before the assembly for a vote.    

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