The District 3 Team

Nicole Nix
Legislative Assistant

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Nicole Nix brings an optimistic outlook to solving problems and bringing communities together. 

She grew up in eastern San Luis Obispo County, attending the small school in Carrisa Plains where she would later return as a mother and volunteer.  She spent her childhood waiting tables and flipping burgers in the family restaurant, dealing with diverse situations while learning the value a sense of community can bring to people. 

Nicole joined the local fire department, working for both the county and the state, initially as a paid-call firefighter and then as a firefighter for The California Department of Forestry in both Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.  She managed community relations and outreach during the construction of a utility scale solar power plant, providing a connection between residents and the company, finding common ground and making the best of a situation.  This role grew to include managing a non-profit foundation and community relations planning company-wide where she observed the power of communication and working together on a larger scale. 

Nicole lives in Morro Bay.  She enjoys yoga and staying active outdoors with her dog and teenage son.

Dawn Ortiz-Legg
Planning Commissioner

For more than 30 years, Dawn Ortiz-Legg has enjoyed a successful career in public affairs, regulatory compliance and project management. Since 2010, she has supported a portfolio of utility-scale solar projects in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Barbara and Kern counties, helping to realize the important balance of social and economic development with environmental protections. Dawn brings a common sense approach for complex issues and challenges using her expertise in communication, stakeholder engagement and risk management.

Ortiz-Legg holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, and a Master of International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She serves on various community organizations including the SLO County Economic Vitality Corporation, the SLO International Film Festival, Rabobank Customer Advisory Group, and the SLO County Council of Governments Citizen’s Transportation Committee.

Bruce Hilton
Parks Commissioner

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Bruce Hilton grew up east of Arroyo Grande on a ranch and attended local schools through high school. He moved away temporarily to attend school in Switzerland and then obtained an undergraduate degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University.  Bruce moved back home and began a career in engineering while earning a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly.  Feeling fortunate to be a part of this community, giving back through volunteer work has always been important to Bruce.  He first became a volunteer with the County when he was asked to be a member of the County Trails Advisory Committee in 2003.  Adopting green building strategies, Bruce and his wife Mitra handled the design and construction of their Arroyo Grande home and their family has resided there since 2007.  Bruce is active in youth sports, coaching soccer and basketball teams and also savors the times when he steps back and watches his daughter’s dance performances or is a spectator at his son’s baseball games. Bruce enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as backpacking in local wilderness areas and in the Sierras. Most recent camping trips have been as an assistant scoutmaster for his son’s Boy Scout troop. Having worked at Lopez Lake as a summer job while in college, it is now rewarding for Bruce to be able to help guide a vision for the development of all County Parks as well as advise on budget considerations and be involved in community relations as a member of the County Parks Commission.

Erica Stewart
Civil Service Commissioner

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Erica A. Stewart, joined Cal Poly in 2016 as the Director of Parent and Student Philanthropy.  Stewart partners with colleagues throughout Cal Poly to establish strategies that engage parents and generate philanthropic support for university-wide priorities. She also is working on coordinating student philanthropy leadership opportunities, raising student awareness and spirit around giving, and ultimately, building a wider base of Cal Poly supporters.

Stewart brings fifteen (15) years of human resources, leadership, marketing and fundraising experience to the Civil Service Commission. She has earned her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Currently, Stewart serves on the Board of Directors for the Cal Poly Alumni Association, as the President-Elect, the Goodwill Central Coast Board, and the SLO Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee.  She is also the Past-President of the Human Resources Association of the Central Coast (HRCC). In the past, she served on the board of the SLO Downtown Association and is a graduate of Leadership SLO Class XV and Class XIX Chairperson.

She has called the Central Coast home for more than 20 years. In 2004, Stewart earned her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco while running her own wholesale bakery. When she is not spending time with her family or volunteering in the community, Erica enjoys spending time cooking. 

Tom Ikeda
Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board

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Tom Ikeda is a third-generation farmer in the Arroyo Grande Valley.  He is a partner in the Ikeda Bros. farming operation where he serves as Corporate Secretary and Farm Manager. Tom is a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Management from the University of California at Davis.  He is also a graduate of Leadership SLO and the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Tom is a past president of San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau where he continues to serve as one of its directors and chairs their Legislative Committee. He is the past-chairman of the Grower-Shipper Association of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. In 2010, Tom was selected by the San Luis County Farm Bureau as Agriculturalist of the Year. Tom is married to Maureen and they have two children, Brendan and Catherine.