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.

Dr. Kenneth Brent Olsen in a clinical psychologist practicing in California. His professional theoretical interests are in Jungian analysis and Rankian psychology. He lives in Hanford, California, with his wife Jillian, and their son. He is a father of five, step-father of two, and grandfather of two. He is the Secretary for Heart of Hanford, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding free market solutions to restoring downtown Hanford. He is the Lawspeaker and a Goði of the Vaknir Kinnish Commonwealth, and is the founder of the group Heathens 4 Liberty. He has been active in the Libertarian Party since 1996 when he ran for Salt Lake County Commissioner in Utah. He organized the Libertarian Party of Kings County in 2016 and previously served as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Kings County. He served until April 7, 2019, as the last Northern Vice Chair for the Libertarian Party of California and was elected on April 7, 2019, as the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of California. He has also been the Region 4 Alternate to the Libertarian National Committee since May 5, 2018. He is also the Campaign Manager for the Kalish Morrow for Hanford City Council District B 2020 campaign.

Steve Haug is a small business owner based in San Jose, having launched SBH Enterprises, Inc. in 1994 to provide programming services and custom-built servers and computers, for corporations and individuals alike. He had worked as a software engineer for 13 years at Hewlett Packard, and before that, served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly Pomona.

Steve is a life member of the Libertarian Party and has been active in the LP of Santa Clara County. He also serves as treasurer of Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association, collaborating with the LP of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to defeat various local tax increases and bond proposals.

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 Member’s 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 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, Chair of the LPC Volunteer Committee and as a staff member for Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt. He is currently an annual member of the national Libertarian Party and a Life Member of the LPC. He 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).

Brandon Nelson

Northern Area Coordinator

Brandon Nelson is a pre-law student at UC Davis, graduating with his Bachelor’s in International Relations in June 2019. He lives in his hometown of Dixon, CA. Homeschooling first introduced him to the ideas of classical liberalism in his younger years, and he later decided to join the Libertarian Party in order to fight for liberty in California. Brandon ran for the California State Assembly, District 4 seat in 2018. He beat two other candidates in the Primary and went on to the General Election, where he took over 40,000 votes. Brandon currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Solano County, of which he is a founding member. In April of 2019, Brandon was elected as the first Northern Area Coordinator for the Libertarian Party of California. Brandon’s main focuses as Northern Area Coordinator are growing affiliates, membership, supporting future candidates, and building greater cohesion in his Area.

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.

Wendy Hewitt

Southern Area Coordinator

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.

Boomer Shannon

At-Large Member

Boomer Shannon has been a stalwart Libertarian organizer and campaign strategist since 2005. He has been active in the San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties serving in leadership roles successfully growing membership, encouraging participation and promoting activism. He has also served the Libertarian Party of California on the Executive Committee several times before this as well as Southern Vice Chair from 2011 to 2013.

As a campaign strategist Boomer served in major field leadership roles for TRC 2010, Proposition 19, Regulate Marijuana Like Wine and a number of local initiatives. He is noted as having worked tirelessly for local, state and federal LP Candidates in Southern California, including as Campaign Manager for the several high profile Steve Collett for Congress campaigns.

Boomer is an evangelist for the ALIVE FREE HAPPY style of political activism that specifically promotes the better world the Libertarians philosophy offers, and eschews fear mongering as a statist tactic. Currently Boomer is pursuing a program to establish an activism center to serve Southern California as an education and outreach headquarters in conjunction with his appointment as chair of the California LPs Membership committee.

Kalish Morrow

At-Large Member

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.

Jillian Olsen

At-Large Member

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.

Rachel Nyx

At-Large Member

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

Eduardo Flores

At-Large Member

Angela McArdle

At-Large Member

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.

Zach Foster left the Republican Party years ago and has never looked back. Today he serves as a liaison between American Libertarians and the various Libertarian movements in Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and Spain. He’s a co-founder of Hispanic Libertarians and a co-host of the weekly Spanish-language show ‘Libertarios Hispanos’ on LPTV.

Richard Fast

First Alternate

A California native and teacher by profession, Richard Fast has been involved with the Libertarian Party of California since 2011. He served as Acting Secretary of Alameda County before going out of state for college. In 2013, while a student at Loyola University New Orleans and a Research Assistant for Prof. Walter Block, he served two terms as Secretary and then Vice Chair of the New Orleans LP affiliate. While studying Austrian School economics, he was the Founder and President of College Libertarians at Loyola, the first of its kind in the city. After moving to Alabama to enter a Master’s program in Economics, he started a county affiliate from scratch, setting a record for the fastest growing affiliate in the state composed entirely of Troy University students. At the 2019 Libertarian Party of Alabama state convention, he was presented with the Libertarian Party Rosa Parks Award for his outstanding activism and dedication. While at Troy, he created a second College Libertarians organization which made the local paper for introducing the campus community to third party politics. Since moving back to California, he most recently served as Vice Chair and then Acting Chair of the 2020 LPC Platform Committee and is looking to help coordinate and strengthen the Bay Area county committees. When he’s not fighting for liberty, he enjoys travelling, hiking, and learning languages.

Kevin Moore

Alternate At-Large

Kevin Moore is a technology business professional who has been involved in the Libertarian Party since 2016. He believes in limited government as a balance against corporate abuses and smaller, local government. He believes in having a real impact on politics by *introducing successful legislation* and *getting people elected*. In order to do this he believes that an evolutionary – not a revolutionary – approach is necessary to win over the majority of people.

Kevin has been chair of the Contra Costa County Libertarian Party since 2017, and currently serves as chair of the LPC Affiliate Support Committee. He assisted the Jorgensen/Cohen campaign in 2020 as National Volunteer Coordinator, and has held a variety of other volunteer positions in the California state and National LP organizations.