Rep. Sánchez Announces New Staff Leadership

September 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DCU.S. Representative Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA) today announced that Marsha (Catron) Espinosa will serve as her new Chief of Staff and Melissa Kiedrowicz as Deputy Chief of Staff. Espinosa replaces Lea Sulkala who served since 2014 and is transitioning to the private sector. 

“Lea served by my side for the past five years during my time as CHC Chair, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and has been an indispensable leader of Team Sánchez,” said Rep. Sánchez. “I have no doubt she will succeed in this next chapter of her career to continue working for women’s rights, public health, and community change.”

“I am proud to welcome Marsha back to Team Sánchez, where she started her Hill career,” continued Sánchez. “When she left the team in 2010, she told me she was going out to get more experience so that one day she could come back as my chief of staff. I am proud to say that she has come through on that promise, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a continued commitment to the 38th District.”

Marsha Espinosa (formerly Catron) leaves Swann Street Strategies, a firm she co-founded in 2018. She previously served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under President Obama. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from New Mexico State University.

“Melissa has vast institutional knowledge and the tenacity needed to oversee my legislative priorities,” said Sánchez. “I am very proud of this team, which has a proven record of success and a commitment to bettering the lives of working families. I’m ready to tackle the heavy issues coming up this Congress and to be the voice my constituents expect and deserve.”

Melissa Kiedrowicz began her Hill career as an intern for Rep. Sánchez in 2009 and worked her way up through the legislative team eventually to the position of Legislative Director. She has overseen the Ways and Means Committee portfolio and served as an advisor to the Congresswoman in her role as House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and as the point person for the Labor and Working Families Caucus. Melissa holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University.