Prior to being elected to the California State Assembly, Brian Nestande built a government affairs consulting business where he represented a variety of clients working on issues involving alternative energy, health care, telecommunications as well as on other projects and issues in Riverside County.
Assemblyman Nestande began his professional career working as a field representative for Congressman Michael Huffington after graduating from California State University Fullerton with a degree in Political Science.
In 1994, he managed Sonny Bono's successful congressional campaign and subsequently served as his Chief of Staff in Washington D.C. After the untimely passing of Congressman Bono, Assemblyman Nestande managed Mary Bono's campaign to succeed her husband in the House of Representatives. He served as Congresswoman Bono's Chief of Staff until 2000 when he returned to Palm Desert to start his consulting practice.
Using his business as a springboard, Assemblyman Nestande has been active in confronting the important issues facing the Inland Empire such as education reform, job-creation and healthcare. He has formed good working relationships with community leaders and elected officials which enables him to effectively represent their interests in the State Capitol.
Assemblyman Nestande resides in Palm Desert with his wife Gina and their seven children.