Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally last March in San Diego. File photo: Gina Yarbrough/San Diego County News

WASHINGTON–The Bernie Sanders campaign on Friday hired its first slate of staff members in California.

The Sanders campaign said the hires highlight the campaign’s commitment to work for every vote in the state, building a regional infrastructure to support the work of the nearly 400,000 supporters who have already taken action.

“We are building a talented and diverse team in the Golden State that understands people power is the key to our success here,” said Campaign Manager Faiz Shakir. “We will empower a statewide volunteer army that will help Bernie win the California primary and transform our government into one that will work for all of us, not wealthy campaign contributors.”

The Sanders campaign released the names of the California staff: Shelli Jackson, California state coordinator; Susie Shannon, California political director; Melissa Byrne, California grassroots director; Sand Brim, California policy advisor; Daniel Andalon, Los Angeles regional director; Robert Dempsey, San Diego regional director; Jane Kim, Bay Area regional director, and Samuel Sukaton, Inland Empire and Orange County regional director.