Local 1000 hires Capitol veteran as Chief of Staff

Chief of StaffNolice Edwards served Speaker Bass & Gov. Davis

Nolice Edwards, the former top aide to Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, has taken over as Local 1000's chief of staff.
"Nolice is well known inside the State Capitol for her tireless advocacy for state service and public safety, her stellar record as a chief of staff for former Speaker Karen Bass and two other Assembly members, plus her work as a leading policy advisor inside the administration of Gov. Gray Davis," Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker said.

"I'm looking forward to helping move Local 1000 forward as we begin work with a new governor in 2011," Edwards said. "We plan to build on Local 1000's success as a tireless advocate for state employees and California's working families."

Edwards has been involved in the legislative arena for nearly 30 years, first in the SEIU California State Council's legislative office and then as a lobbyist for the Peace Officers Research Association of California--the largest rank-and-file law enforcement association in the state.

Nolice also served as legislative deputy in the Davis administration and chief of staff for former Assembly members Diane Martinez (D-Los Angeles) and Carl Washington (D-Compton).  Nolice worked as Assemblymember Bass' chief of staff since Bass was elected in 2004.

"We have been without a chief of staff for nearly a year and, after an exhaustive and intensive search, I am pleased to have someone of Nolice's experience and stature working for Local 1000," said Walker. "There is no doubt that Nolice will be a major force in helping us realize our goals of being the most effective union in California, building our political power and better serving our members."

Edwards, who has two sons and three grandchildren, has a bachelor's degree in government from California State University, Sacramento.