Supervisor Spitzer Congratulates Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Nguyen on New County Position
(Santa Ana, CA) – Supervisor Todd Spitzer thanked his Deputy Chief of Staff, Chris Nguyen, for his years of service and congratulated him on accepting a position with Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery.
Nguyen joins a long line of former Spitzer staff who have utilized their experience to gain positions in County departments or other outside agencies and businesses, including former Chief of Staff Martha Ochoa, now the Clerk of the Board at the Transportation Corridor Agencies; former Chief of Staff Paul Hernandez, who is now a Senior Vice President at the Irvine Company; former Chief of Staff Chip Monaco, who is now a Municipal Market Manager at Waste Management; late Chief of Staff Steve Ambriz, who went on to serve on the Orange City Council; former Policy Advisor Denis Bilodeau, who is now Chief of Staff to Supervisor Shawn Nelson; and former Policy Advisor George Cardenas, who returned to be Chief of Staff to Supervisor Spitzer.
“I’ve always encouraged my staff to move out into the County to utilize the unique experience they’ve acquired working in my office to help strengthen our County,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “Chris Nguyen has done a tremendous job serving the people of Orange County as a member of my staff. I’m excited for Chris and his new opportunity to serve the residents of our County in a different way with Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery.”
Nguyen has served on Supervisor Spitzer’s staff since January 2013 and will depart the Hall of Administration on September 20 to begin his position with the Auditor-Controller on the following day. He was a Policy Advisor from 2013 to 2014, Senior Policy Advisor from 2014 to 2016, and Deputy Chief of Staff since early this year.
“Chris Nguyen has served Orange County well, and I look forward to his continued service to the taxpayers,” Auditor-Controller Woolery said. “I welcome Chris to my department, where his knowledge and skills will be a valuable asset.”
“I’m honored to have had the good fortune to work for two such excellent public servants,” Nguyen said. “I thank Supervisor Spitzer and Auditor-Controller Woolery for the opportunity to assist each of them in our shared mission of advancing the interests of the citizens of Orange County.”
As a college student, Nguyen had interned for, among others, then-Assemblyman Todd Spitzer and then-Supervisor Bill Campbell. He was selected as a California Senate Fellow after graduating from college. He worked in a State Senate Capitol Office from 2007 to 2011 and then a State Assembly District Office from 2011 until joining Supervisor Spitzer’s office.
An Orange County native, Nguyen grew up in the Third District and bought his first home in the district. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Stanford University and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.