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Shasta Bell


shastaShasta Bell is California Consulting’s Director of Communications. She is responsible for developing communication strategies. These strategies include writing publications, web marketing and website management, creating and managing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, media outreach and coordinating conferences. Shasta also manages executive office administration.

Formerly the Executive Assistant to the President of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Arts (SAG-AFTRA), she has highly valued union knowledge as she participated in all aspects of union life, including quality analysis, member satisfaction, and merger assistance. Prior to SAG-AFTRA Shasta assisted the President/ CEO of GameWorks where she received hands on knowledge of the Family Entertainment Center business.


Dana Leusch

danaDana Leusch, California Consulting Senior Statewide Project Manager, joined our team in 2012. Dana has more than 15 years of experience in grant writing for non-profit organizations and freelance writing and reporting for newspapers and magazines. As development coordinator for an organization in the Rocky Mountains serving at-risk youth, her successful grant writing and fundraising led to the creation of a home for at-risk and homeless adolescent girls, which has since housed hundreds of teens in need.

Dana is responsible for client retention and business development activities for the Northern California Region

Dana has written 58 competitive federal, state and private foundation applications

Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in women’s history from the University of Montana. She lives in Clovis with her husband and two children.

Tristan Shamp

TristanTristan has been with California Consulting since 2009 serving both as a project manager and as the firm’s Statewide Grants Manager.  In this position, he oversees the statewide operations of the company’s grant writing program including grant writer support, grant writing quality control, and grant research among other items, in addition to some client retention activities and business development.

Tristan comes from an extensive background in academics and project management.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005, and a Master of Arts degree in History at California State University Fresno in 2009.  Tristan has taught credited courses at CSU Fresno, been a supplemental instructor at Fresno City College, and coordinated various academic programs with local education agencies while working for a Fresno-based private tutoring firm.

Tristan has written over 270 competitive grant applications since 2009.  He completed the Grant Writing & Management Program through CSU Fresno in October 2010 and holds a professional certification in grant writing and program management.

Steve Samuelian


Steve Samuelian, CEO, California Consulting, has held various leadership posts during a career spanning over 34 years. Steve was born and raised in the L.A. area and began his political and civic involvement in Los Angeles in 1982. In January 1995, Steve was appointed as Field Director for Congressional District 19. He was later promoted to District Director overseeing the 19th Congressional District Office staff and District operations for the Congressman, where he served in this capacity for 8 years. In 2002, Steve was elected to the California State Assembly representing the 29th Assembly District. He was appointed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee by the Speaker and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

Currently,  Steve is the Co-Chair of the USC Unruh Institute Ambassador Program On January 31, 2019, Steve served as the Host Committee‎ Chairman for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy 90th Anniversary Gala at L.A. City Hall. The Price event was attended by hundreds of USC alumni, supporters, and several prominent elected officials. In 2017, Steve was asked to speak to Master’s Degree students at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and also moderated a panel sponsored by UCLA Luskin in 2016 dealing with the topic of Economic Development in L.A. County.

BizFed is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent business organizations with many Fortune 500 corporate members. Steve is elected to the Board of Directors of the L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) where he is an elected Executive Committee Member serving as an Officer for one of the largest business organizations in the U.S. Additionally, Steve has been the recipient of five different awards from the L.A County Business Federation (BizFed) including the “Ambassador of the Year” award in 2018.

‎In 2018, Steve was the recipient of an “Outstanding Achievement” award presented to him by the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles. A tireless worker for Armenian-American issues nationwide, Steve has traveled twice to Armenia. He traveled as an international election observer as part of the Office Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) delegation to observe the adoption of Armenia’s first Constitution and later as part of a U.S. Congressional Delegation. He received the Armenian National Committee (ANC) Western U.S. Award for Outstanding Leadership. Steve has served on the Board of Directors of a Chamber of Commerce, a County United Way, and a Crime Stoppers organization. He has also been quoted in national, state, and local print and electronic media outlets regarding a variety of public policy issues.

Steve Samuelian founded California Consulting in 2004. California Consulting quickly established a reputation for hard work and a commitment to success for its clients. California Consulting is the state’s largest grant writing company.

Steve is happily married with two children and resides in Southern California.