Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, District 4

Your District 4 Team

Policy & Government Relations

Paul Worlie, Chief of Staff

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Worlie has more than 25 years of experience in government relations and public affairs. He most recently was Senior Director of Public Affairs for San Diego-based Nuffer Smith Tucker. Before coming to San Diego, Worlie was the Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and served in various leadership roles for former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).

Susan Guinn, Special Advisor

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Guinn, a proud member of the Asian Pacific Islander community, spent the first three years of her career as a nurse before turning her attention to practicing law. For the past 27 years she has enjoyed a law practice dedicated to protecting and advancing consumer rights, product safety, environmental protection, and human rights, including successfully litigating cases against Big Tobacco. Guinn was a two-time President for the Western Trial Lawyers, and a past board member for the Consumer Attorneys of California, and Equality California. As Chair of the San Diego Unified School District’s Environmental and Sustainability committee, Susan worked with district staff, area stakeholders, and the City of San Diego to create the district’s climate action recommendations.

Stephanie Gioia-Beckman, Director of Public Policy

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Gioia-Beckman has 19 years of local and state of California health and social services-related public policy experience. She previously served on the staff of a San Diego County Supervisor for 14 years, developing policy recommendations and serving as a Senior Advisor. Specific County policies and programs that Gioia-Beckman advanced include childhood obesity prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention, homeless and housing, food access and nutrition, behavioral health, child welfare and juvenile justice. Prior to joining County government, she spent more than four years representing former California State Senator Dede Alpert.

Emily Wier, Policy Advisor

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Wier has more than eight years of experience developing and consulting on environment and energy policy, including within the Obama Administration’s White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. While there, she worked on climate change, electric vehicles, and renewable energy policy. Most recently, Wier developed policy and legislative strategy for a startup firm deploying electric vehicle charging solutions. Wier was appointed to the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, and was a 2014 Fellow for the San Diego Leadership Alliance. Wier earned her master’s degree from Yale.

Gabriel Gutierrez, Policy Advisor

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Gutierrez has more than 10 years of experience in land use, public safety and energy public policy. He served as a Policy Advisor to on the staff of a San Diego County Supervisor for five years, managing land use and public safety policy. Gutierrez also supported the creation and implementation of an advanced incident command system for public safety that is now used by the State of California and governments throughout the world. Gutierrez most recently worked in external relations in the energy sector where he was responsible for employee philanthropy, community relations, and supplier diversity support. He also is three-time Chair of the Chula Vista Planning Commission and is the immediate past Chair of Circulate San Diego.

Community Relations

Heidi Martinez, Director of Community Outreach

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Martinez earned her organizing and community relations credentials while attending the University of California San Diego. She began her advocacy career working alongside faculty and local community colleges to assist minority students transfer to four-year universities. Martinez then interned for a member of the California State Assembly where she worked with constituents, and then went on to direct educational and outreach campaigns for the Honorably Discharged, Dishonorably Deported. Martinez, a prideful Dreamer and immigrant rights activist, also volunteered with Invest in San Diego Families. She most recently served as Campaign Manager for the successful 2018 Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor campaign. Martinez has strong relationships with a broad cross-section of communities in District 4. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Eryn Wilson Nieves, Community Representative

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Wilson Nieves has more than six years as a community organizer, most recently serving as Civic Engagement Coordinator with Alliance San Diego. She has also served on numerous coalitions across the region that focused on the City of San Diego budget, policing in vulnerable neighborhoods and protecting the environment.

Brandon Torres, Community Representative/Policy Advisor

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Torres for more than five years has worked on homelessness and LGBTQ+ challenges for multiple non-profits, including the San Diego LGBT Community Center and The Regional Task Force on the Homeless. He helped orchestrate WeAllCount, an annual volunteer-driven county-wide census of persons residing on the streets and in shelters. Torres also managed a pilot program to connect homeless individuals to employment services.



James Canning, Director of Communications

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Canning has more than 16 years of experience leading communications programs for county and city governments, economic development organizations and public-private partnerships. Prior to coming to San Diego, Canning directed communications for transformational land use and transportation projects in Detroit, Michigan and Seattle, Washington. He also served as Director of Communications for the Wayne County Executive in Michigan and was Deputy Press Secretary for the Mayor of Detroit.

Kianna Santana, Scheduler

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Santana is a Chula Vista resident, native San Diegan who is fluent in English, German and Spanish, she’s an active member of her community and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is also a past participant in local and statewide campaigns. Santana also participated in the California State Assembly’s Junior Legislative Program.


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