Executive Committee


Libertarian Party of California chairperson Mimi Robson

Honor “Mimi” Robson has been a registered Libertarian for over 3 decades and ran as the Libertarian Candidate for the 33rd District California State Senate in the 2016 General Election. In that election, with very little time or campaign funds she was able to attract support from her community ultimately garnering almost 50,000 votes (22%). During the election cycle she became more involved in the California Libertarian Party, becoming Secretary for the party in February 2017 when the previous Secretary Resigned. She was unanimously elected Secretary at the 2017 State Convention and was elected Chair at the 2018 State Convention. Honor is currently a candidate for State Assembly in the 70th District and hopes to move on to the general election in November 2018.

Honor grew up in Southern California and has been a resident of Long Beach for the past 28 years. She is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer and has worked at a small Structural Engineering Consulting firm since 1994 until recently resigning that position to become an independent engineering consult which will afford her more time to devote to the Libertarian Party of California. She has been involved with many charitable organizations such as AIDS Walk LA, The Alzheimer’s Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation however Honor’s main passion is animal rescue and has been involved at every level for many years.

Rachel Nyx

Vice-Chair

Prior to joining the Libertarian Party of California, Nyx earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Fordham University in New York City. At Fordham, though a registered Libertarian, she was the Vice-President of the College Republicans, where she witnessed first hand the reality of positions of power abusing their authorities and using censorship to gain political favor when the Cornell College Republicans were expelled from the New York State Federation of College Republicans for endorsing 2016 Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson over Donald Trump. She became a prominent voice for third-party politics, publishing several articles in support of ending the two-party system.

Rachel also serves as a member of the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County, and the LPC Social Media and Operations committees. She is the first openly transgender person to serve on the executive board of a political party in California.

Since 2019, Nyx has worked as a litigation paralegal in Pasadena, CA

Jessica Tewksbury serves as Secretary for the Libertarian Party of California. Jessica is a lifelong libertarian, raised by libertarian parents, and is passionate about opposing the lockdowns, and getting new members quickly connected to their county parties.

Paul Vallandigham has been a registered Libertarian for several decades. Motivated to become politically active as a result of the 1989 Roberti-Roos “modern musket” ban, he connected with other activists at the 1990 NRA annual convention in Anaheim, CA. Paul quickly rose through the ranks of the NRA Members’ Council of Orange, CA (the local NRA “chapter”), serving as newsletter writer/editor, secretary and president over the course of about 8 years. He also participated in protests at a local Roberti-Roos-promoting gun shop and at the Federal building in Los Angeles during the Clinton “modern musket” ban, walked precincts and did phone banking & ballot count observation for state and local candidates and raised funds for youth shooting activities on Friends of NRA fundraising committees. Paul became a Libertarian activist during the 2016 presidential campaign, when he did phone banking for the Gary Johnson presidential campaign. It was through this connection that he met then-Mayor of Calimesa, CA, Jeff Hewitt at a Riverside County Libertarian Party (RCLP) kegger-party. Jeff invited Paul to attend an RCLP meeting and shortly thereafter, Paul found himself fully engaged in LP activism on a regular basis, including serving as Asst. Campaign Manager for Jeff Hewitt in 2018. In addition to being elected Libertarian Party of California (LPC) Secretary in April 2019, Paul currently serves as RCLP Treasurer, LPC Treasurer (elected May 2021) and as a staff member for Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt (L). He is a Lifetime member of both the national Libertarian Party and the LPC. Paul holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health and is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker (psychotherapist).

Jia Christopher

Northern Area Coordinator

Jia Christopher is a lifelong activist, who was born with a natural libertarian spirit.  For Jia, being a mom comes first, which means instilling her family’s core values of integrity, volunteerism, and self-sufficiency into her 3 children. 

In order to model these libertarian values, she has vowed to dedicate her time and additional resources to serving as an advocate for self-ownership and now as the Northern California Area Coordinator to the Libertarian party.

Her goal is to teach her children that when they encounter a problem, it is their duty to fix it.  

Jia is currently the chairwoman to the Libertarian Party of Placer County. In this role, she regularly volunteers in high schools with voter outreach efforts to introduce the concepts of liberty to kids; as well as organizing events, such as the Sacramento Pride Parade and the Jo Jorgensen presidential rally in Northern California. 

Jia is also a long-time seasteading enthusiast and ambassador to The Seasteading Institute; hoping to test her libertarian ideologies of self-governance on floating islands called seasteads, in the near future.

Beyond politics, Jia is involved in many non-profit fundraising efforts, including the Children’s Tumor Foundation as well as her own foundation, Neve’s Gift, benefiting parents of infant-loss.  

When Jia is not out making her mark on society, you’ll find her in an apron over a hot stove, cooking up something tasty for #JoesLunch, sipping from a glass of wine, with a baby (or a dog) on her hip. 

Jon Prosser

Central Area Coordinator

Jon Prosser works as a financial analyst for a pistachio processing company. He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Fresno Pacific University. He is the father of two girls; one a freethinker and the other a free spirit. His hobbies include traveling, playing music, over-analyzing, and dreaming of ways to affect change culturally and politically.

Jon is a founding member of the recently-reestablished Libertarian Party of Tulare County. In addition to his ongoing efforts to connect Libertarians in the Central Valley and grow the party’s regional presence, he has been working with the Libertarian Party of California on several committees including: Affiliate Support, Historical Preservation, Platform (2020), and Credentials (2018 & 2019 conventions). Jon plans to do whatever he can to grow the party and the larger “liberty movement” into a force that can deliver the final blow to the two-party stranglehold. He is optimistic that we can take down the leviathan with an approach that combines the brain of a business with the heart of an artist.

Tara Young

Southern Area Coordinator

Tara has been a libertarian since 2016.  True freedom through self-ownership and fighting state overreach, along with a nod on the Austrian school of economics, were all some of the initial factors that drew her into the party and to become involved to a greater degree.  She loves being part of this group of “radicals” of all types with one common cause-to fight for freedom against the controlling empire which is called the government.

Tara lives in the city of Norco (AKA Horsetown USA) in Riverside County and is active within her community.  She is a member of EDAC (Economic Development Advisory Committee), which is an appointed position by the city council.  Tara is a licensed roofing contractor and owns a small farm, Taveli Ranch.  Agriculture is a pillar of the community of Norco, where she is a part of the small farm revival and hopes that the movement will bring agrotourism to the city.  She is extremely passionate about providing healthy, organically grown food to her family and the community.  She is mother to one spunky daughter, Sophia, as well as almost 100 animals (both farm and domestic).  Her hobbies and interests include traveling, visiting Disneyland and Disneyworld, farming, animal caretaking, enjoying a good cup of coffee, cruising on her golf cart, salsa dancing, makeup artistry, and design arts. 

Jillian Olsen has been involved in the Libertarian Party since 2016. She served as Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Kings County from July, 2016, through February, 2017, and again from April, 2018, until the present. She has also served on numerous committees both at the state and local level. She also serves as the Campaign Treasurer for the Kalish Morrow for Hanford City Council 2020 campaign. Originally from Utah, she currently lives in Hanford, California, and is married to Kenneth Brent Olsen, and together they have seven children and two grandchildren.

Angela McArdle currently chairs the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County and serves on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of California. Angela is a two time congressional candidate for California’s 34th District and has worked in litigation for over 10 years, with a focus on property rights and constitutional law.

Kalish Morrow is a former business owner who is a now full time Interior Designer working out of her home while raising her two young homeschooled sons. Her husband is a Weapons Systems Officer in the US Navy and has served 3 combat tours over the course of their marriage.

Before becoming active with the Party, she was on the Hanford Main Street Board of Directors (2015-2018) and founded a 501 (c)3 called Heart of Hanford with the purpose of helping to protect and preserve Hanford’s historic downtown. As a business owner she began advocating for small businesses in her town which steered her to run for Hanford City Council in 2016. Her campaign led her to the then newly established Libertarian Party of Kings County. From there she became their Treasurer in 2017, the Vice Chair in 2018, and is the now current Chair for the LP of Kings County. In the state party, she acquired a spot on the LPC Social Media Committee and was elected as one of the LPC At-Large Representatives during the LPC State Convention in 2019.

This next year marks exciting things as she will be running again for Hanford City Council District B in 2020. She believes that a strong plan moving forward is with a grassroots movement of getting Libertarians elected at local levels as they’re winnable and have a great impact on bringing about change and building the Party’s resume.

As a transplant from Tulare County almost 5 years ago, Mr. Strawn got involved with the Hanford community almost immediately. Looking to be of service to the citizens of Hanford, Mr. Strawn ran for Hanford City Council in 2018 and came in second of 4 candidates. After his unsuccessful run, Mr. Strawn went on to be appointed by the City Council to the Hanford Parks and Recreation Commission where he currently serves as the Vice Chair. Mr. Strawn additionally serves on the Longfield Recreation Center Advisory Committee and serves on ad-hoc playground approval committees. Mr. Strawn’s previous accomplishments have been serving as a past District Field Representative for the California State Assembly, graduating in 2009 from the Leadership Tulare Program that was presented by the Tulare Chamber of Commerce, served 2 terms on the Tulare County Grand Jury, a member of the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber serving on the legislative Committee, and served as the Student Senate President for College of the Sequoias.

Jeff and I have been married for 26 years. I have 3 children, 3 step children and 5 grandchildren. I was a medical assistant for a while but I have been a stay at home mom and I help take care of our business Champagne Pools.

I am the secretary for the Riverside County Libertarian Party and am on the Board of Directors for the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce.

Elizabeth “Betz” Stump is currently vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Alameda County, having served the two previous years as At-Large for the county. Betz is also on the LPC Communications and Marketing Committee, helping craft press releases and contributing to the state newsletter, The Beacon. In addition, she is on the Social Media Committee and served on the 2021 Platform Committee. Betz was the “Authorized Person” for Alameda County for the successful 2020-2021 Recall Newsom effort, headed by Orrin Heatlie.

Betz grew up in the family business doing catering, mostly studio catering, feeding TV show cast & crews from 35 up to 2,000 people for events such as The Grammy, The American Music Awards and The Easter Seals Telethon, and wholesale food manufacturing for Trader Joe’s. Betz earned a Bachelors in Communications from Cal State Northridge, working for five years doing high tech Public Relations on both the agency and corporate side. Since 2012, Betz has been volunteering with Alameda County, and 2019 at the state level.

Tom Nichols works as a technician in microwave radio and telecommunications for AT&T, after a previous career as building contractor and engineer. He holds a B.S. degree in construction engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and is a licensed commercial radio operator with the FCC. He is a father of 4, stepfather of 2, and grandfather of 3 wonderful human beings.

Tom has been involved with gun and self protection rights as well as an advocate for and provider of medical cannabis over the years. He provided material for the UCSF Medical School oncology department in the past and continues in cannabis agriculture part time. He looks forward to growing the party’s regional presence in the central California area, and to getting our messaging out to my fellow CenCal residents.

Adrian F Malagon is currently Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Contra Costa County. Being a “small-l” libertarian his entire life, the State’s response to COVID-19 motivated him to become a member of the Libertarian Party of California, and prioritize the advancement of liberty, in addition to providing strong, unapologetic messaging. He’s passionate about opposing California’s “stay-at-home” orders, and is actively working to form a coalition of resistance in the Bay Area against any current, and future government imposed: lockdowns, restrictions, and mandates.
 
Adrian is a life-long Californian, and has been a Bay Area resident for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California, and plans to later pursue a Masters of Science in Economics. He currently works as an independent consultant in the tech space, with an emphasis in: sales, recruitment, and business development.

Michael Lema

At-Large Alternates

Michael Lema is a Journeyman Electrician, and is studying to become an Electrical Engineer, He turned to the Libertarian Party during his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps after seeing how poorly the government ran things. He moved back to California after his enlistment was over and joined the Libertarian Party of Alameda County, where he now serves as Secretary. Michael hopes to grow the LP and to show the residents of California, that the Libertarian Party isn’t just the “third option” but the ONLY option, in true Liberty.

Matthew Butts

At-Large Alternate

Matthew Butts serves as the Vice Chair the Libertarian Party of Kern County and serves as an alternate on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of California. Matthew is passionate about ending the drug war and focuses much of his activism on growing the party’s membership.