Hon. Assemblymember. Ash Kalra
California State Assembly, District 27
Ash Karla, Honorable Assemblymember
Ash Kalra was elected to represent the 27th Assembly District in November 2016. The district encompasses eastern portions of the city of San Jose. A resident of that city for most of his life, Ash previously represented the 2nd District on the San Jose City Council, where he was the first Indian American elected to that body.
During his time serving as a council member, he provided a voice on a number of issue areas, including improved schools and transportation options, and a cleaner environment as well as providing the tools for effective public safety. Notably, he has fought to maintain funding in the face of cuts to public safety, specifically to restore the San Jose Police Department’s burglary unit and the Violent Crimes Enforcement Team. He has also worked to bring economic incentives to the area and given a strong voice to extend BART into Silicon Valley. Before serving on the city council, Ash spent 11 years as an attorney in the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office.
Previously, he taught at San Jose State University and at high schools in Washington DC. During his tenure on the city council, he was a law professor at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Among the many non-profit boards that he has served include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Asian Law Alliance, Somos Mayfair, and the South Asian Bar Association.
Ash lives in Hayes, the same San Jose neighborhood where he grew up. He is one of the founders of the Hayes Neighborhood Association. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has a degree in communications and has a law degree from Georgetown University.
Jeffrey F. Rosen
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“Race and Prosecutions”
Santa Clara County
Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen is a nationally-recognized leader in criminal justice reform. Since 2011, Mr. Rosen has overseen the largest prosecutor’s office north of Los Angeles, serving a population of almost two million. The District Attorney’s Office has 600 employees, including 192 deputy district attorneys. From gang homicides to consumer rights lawsuits, the Office prosecutes 40,000 cases each year.
As District Attorney, Mr. Rosen created an innovative and nationally acclaimed Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate innocence claims and implement the most professional practices in criminal prosecution.
Mr. Rosen established a Cold Case Unit to investigate unsolved murders and a misdemeanor diversion program for low-level offenders. He established a series of Family Justice Centers throughout the county, making sure domestic violence survivors had easier access to legal help and other resources. Inspired by the Brock Turner conviction, Mr. Rosen helped change the law in California.
An admirer of President Harry Truman, Mr. Rosen believes, “The buck stops here.“
Lupita Cortez Alcalá
California Student Aid Commission
Lupita Cortez Alcalá, Executive Director
Lupita Cortez Alcalá joined the California Student Aid Commission in January 2016 as the Executive Director. Lupita heads the organization and serves as the leader and spokesperson for issues impacting California’s $2 billion Cal Grant student financial aid program. She also oversees delivery of the agency’s Cal Grant, Middle Class Scholarship, California Dream Act, and seven other grant or loan repayment programs, supporting schools and students.
Lupita is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Lupita came to the California Student Aid Commission with comprehensive experience in education policy; program development and evaluation; government and legislative affairs; and, advocacy and community relations. As a chief advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Lupita spent more than 12 years with the California Department of Education (CDE) and worked closely with the state Board of Education. Lupita was a key leader in strategic policy for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) education, serving as Deputy Superintendent of instruction and learning support. While there, Lupita advanced issues for English learners; language arts; history; visual & performing arts; physical education; teacher support; migrant students; curriculum and instructional resources; early childhood programs; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; high school initiatives; and, career technical education. Lupita was notably responsible for implementing the California State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, and Innovate: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM). She is credited with creating the 2013 through 2015 California STEM Symposium, overhauling the Migrant Education Program, and implementing $500 million in Career Pathway Trust Grants and the Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards and Frameworks.
ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY
Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016.
Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) in 2007. Since his appointment, he has fostered strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the college. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students. He joined LBCCD in 2002, serving as the assistant superintendent/executive vice president of administrative services. In this capacity, Oakley undertook supervision of the Measure E Bond construction program for the district and oversaw the finances and operations of the district’s two campuses. Before that, he served as the vice president of college services at Oxnard College; the assistant vice president of the Property & Casualty Division of Keenan & Associates and the manager of risk services at the Coast Community College District. Oakley also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching in and coordinating the Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College.
Partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Oakley helped form the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise (College Promise). Through the College Promise, LBUSD administrators and high school teachers work with college faculty and staff to create clear structured pathways for students to follow as they move from one education institution to another. These pathways prepare LBUSD high school graduates to succeed in college, and College Promise students are guaranteed a tuition-free year at LBCC and preferred admission status to CSULB after completing the transfer requirements. Reports suggest the College Promise measurably reduces demand for college level remediation, increases student persistence rates and creates financial efficiencies so LBCC can educate more students for less money.
Oakley serves on the boards and committees of the University of California Board of Regents, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Forward Leadership Council, the College Futures Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Rotary Club. He sits on the advisory board for the CSULB Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.
Oakley himself is a community college success story. After serving four years in the U.S. Army, he enrolled at Golden West College. He then transferred to the University of California, Irvine where he received his degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and Master of Business Administration.
COUNCIL MEMBER, SYLVIA ARENAS
Sylvia Arenas, Councilwoman
As a proud native of San José, Sylvia Arenas is honored to represent Evergreen and Eastside families on the San José City Council. Arenas and her husband have lived in Evergreen for over 15 years, and it is where they’re raising their two children.
As a daughter of immigrant parents who taught her at an early age the value of hard work and the importance of serving others, Sylvia Arenas has dedicated herself to public service. She’s worked on public policy and community issues for the last 22 years, including working with First 5, local non-profits, and San José Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services. Arenas has a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.
In 2013, seeing a need to ensure that all Evergreen children have access to critical support and services, Arenas ran for the Evergreen Elementary School Board of Trustees. There, she championed ensuring equal access across the district and investing in our schools.
Now serving on the San José City Council, Arenas is focused on ensuring a future for Evergreen and the East Side that includes safe neighborhoods, abundant parks and open space, local jobs, and offers quality educational and support services for kids and families. Most importantly, we need a City Hall that listens to the concerns of our neighbors.
COUNCIL MEMBER, SERGIO JIMENEZ
Sergio Jimenez, Councilman
Sergio Jimenez is the newly elected City Council member for San Jose’s District 2. Sergio, like many immigrants, was brought to the United States by his mother in search of a better life. He and his siblings are first generation immigrants. Sergio was raised in East San José by a strong, hardworking single mother who taught him the value of hard work, family, and integrity. The adversities his family faced served as motivation, allowing him to be the first in his family to attend college and the first Latino elected to the District 2 Council seat.
As a community leader, Sergio has been involved in many aspects of our city. On his journey to city hall, Sergio spent a good amount of time in Downtown San José. He attended San José State University, worked at a local non-profit and in the banking industry. He has come to love downtown and knows it well.Prior to being elected he served as Chair of the San José Parks Commission and has been a strong supporter of preserving and expanding parkland across the city. Sergio has a long history of civic engagement. He served on the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Heart Association’s Multicultural Leadership Committee and the board of Somos Mayfair, a non-profit in East San José.
Sergio founded and led the Oak Grove Neighborhood Association that has grown to over 900 members. He spent eight years working for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office where he served our San José community daily. He currently serves on the City’s Transportation and Environment Committee, Public Safety Committee, and the Neighborhood Services Committee. In addition, he represents the City of San José on regional governmental bodies such as LAFCO and ABAG. Sergio and his wife has been married 16 years and have three children who attend local schools.
Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
SENATOR BEN HUESO
Ben Hueso, Senator
Ben Hueso was elected as California State Senator for the 40th District in March of 2013. He represents the cities of Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, portions of the City of San Diego and the Imperial County. In January 2015, Senator Hueso was appointed by the Senate Pro Tempore Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications and Vice-Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Moreover, Hueso was appointed to the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions, Natural Resources and Water and Governmental Organization Committees.
President pro Tempore SENATOR KEVIN De LEÓN
President pro Tempore Senator Kevin de León
Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), serves as President pro Tempore of the California State Senate. He is the first Latino elected to the position in over 130 years. Senator De Leon is focused on building a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable economy for the Golden State. He’s working to make college more accessible and affordable, combat climate change while building the clean energy economy, improve retirement security for low-income workers, and support California’s growing diverse communities.
President, GROW Elect
Ruben Barrales, President
Ruben Barrales was the first (and so far the only) Latino elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He also served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Barrales is the CEO of the Latino Leadership & Policy Forum which provides assistance to Latino and Latina elected officials and other community leaders who support economic growth. Barrales is also the president of GROW Elect – a political action committee that recruits and supports Latino and Latina candidates for public office in California. Barrales has served as the president and CEO of both the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, and of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Policy Institute of California, and is a founding Board member of One San Diego. In 2005, the Government of Mexico honored Barrales with the “Ohtli Award” from for his commitment to improving the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. Hispanic Business Magazine has listed Mr. Barrales as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the United States three times.
Dr. Deborah Budd, Chancellor
San José-Evergreen Community College District
Dr. Deborah Budd, Chancellor
Dr. Deborah Budd is the Chancellor of the San José-Evergreen Community College District. She is recognized for her passion for educational excellence, leveraging collaborative partnerships, and opening channels of communication to ensure equitable student success. Her educational career spans 29 years in both community college and K-12 teaching and administration. She most recently served as the President of Berkeley City College. Previously, Dr Budd was Vice Chancellor for the Peralta Community College District; Vice President of Educational Resources and Instruction for Foothill College; and Dean at Chabot College.
Arturo S. Rodríguez, President
United Farm Workers of America
Arturo S. Rodriguez
As president of the United Farm Workers of America, Arturo S. Rodriguez is continuing to build the union Cesar Chavez founded into a powerful voice for farm workers by increasing its membership and pushing historic legislation on immigration reform and worker rights.
Guillermo Diaz, Jr.
Senior Vice President & CIO, CISCO
Guillermo Diaz, Jr.
Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is responsible for Cisco’s global Information Technology organization and services. The focus is on transforming the overall IT experience by strengthening foundational business capabilities; enabling new business models such as service, software, and SaaS; and accelerating.
Norma Camacho, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Norma J. Camacho was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer on March 8, 2016. Previously, she was the district’s Chief Operating Officer for Watersheds Operations. She joined the district in March 2012. Ms. Camacho has more than 25 years of long-range planning, program development, finance, and capital projects experience. Most recently she was the director of the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, directing day-to-day operations of a 142-person organization with a budget of $59 million. Prior to that position she served in the Ventura County Executive Office as deputy executive director of finance and budgets.
Ms. Camacho holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (structural) from Stanford University. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Public Works Association, and currently serves as vice-chair of the County Engineers Association of California Flood Control Committee.
Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia
Chief of Police City of San Jose
Chief Eddie Garcia
Eddie was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at a young age his family moved to San Jose, California. Eddie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Union Institute and University and was hired in February of 1992.
On January 15th, 2013 Eddie assumed the role of Acting Assistant Chief. On December 10th, 2013, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police. Assistant Chief Garcia assumed the role of Acting Chief of Police on January 19, 2016 upon the retirement of former Chief Larry Esquivel and was confirmed as Chief of Police on March1, 2016
The Honorable Jeff Rosen
District Attorney, Santa Clara County
Jeff Rosen took office as District Attorney of Santa Clara County on January 3, 2011. District Attorney Rosen is an experienced prosecutor and a recognized leader in criminal justice reform. His mission for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is to vigorously pursue justice in a way that is fair andtreats everyone with respect. His core values are service, hard work, transparency and integrity.
Mr. Rosen oversees the largest prosecutor’s office north of Los Angeles, serving a population of about 1.8 million. The District Attorney’s Office has 540 employees, including 189 deputy district attorneys. The District Attorney’s Office prosecutes more than 40,000 cases each year. The Office also operates a cutting edge and scientifically rigorous Crime Laboratory, which has achieved the highest international certification. Since taking office, Mr. Rosen created an innovative and nationally acclaimed Conviction Integrity Unit to investigate innocence claims and implement the most professional practices in criminal prosecution. In addition, Mr. Rosen established a Cold Case Unit to investigate unsolved murders and a misdemeanor diversion program for low-level offenders.
Mr. Rosen joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in 1995. During his career, he has successfully prosecuted some of the most difficult, complex and high profile criminal cases, including drug trafficking, burglary, robbery, rape, child molestation, gang violence and murder. Mr. Rosen has an outstanding conviction rate. In his last remaining case before taking Office, he obtained first degree murder convictions and life sentences against the defendants whose murder-for-hire scheme resulted in the senseless slaying of Los Gatos businessman Mark Achilli.
Before joining the District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Rosen worked for prominent law firms in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., where he practiced commercial litigation.Since arriving in the Bay Area, Mr. Rosen has been active in the community. He served as president of a large synagogue, taught trial advocacy at Santa Clara University Law School and trained police officers in report-writing.
Mr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from UCLA where he majored in Philosophy and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also won the prestigious Truman Scholarship and the Outstanding Senior Award. Mr. Rosen received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law, where he served on the Moot Court Board and taught English to immigrants. Mr. Rosen’s wife serves as a federal prosecutor. They have two teenage daughters in middle school who ice skate, play lacrosse, do gymnastics and listen to music that their parents don’t like. Mr. Rosen enjoys playing sports, reading, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers. An admirer of President Harry Truman, Mr. Rosen believes, “The buck stops here.”
The Honorable Catherine J. K. Sandoval
California Public Utilities Commission
Catherine J.K. Sandoval was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in January 2011 to serve as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Her appointment and confirmation to that post made her the first Latino to serve as a CPUC Commissioner in the agency’s 100-year history. She serves as the Co-Vice-Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Telecommunications Committee, on the NARUC Federalism and Telecommunications Committee, and on the NARUC Utility Market Access Committee. She is the Policy Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She has served since 2007 on the California Emerging Technology Fund Board of Expert Advisors. She is a tenured professor at Santa Clara University School of Law where she joined the faculty in 2004 and taught Telecommunications, Broadcast, and Internet Law, Antitrust Law, and Contracts. As an Adjunct Professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law she taught Communications and Internet Law. She served as Undersecretary and Staff Director of the State of California’s Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency, which oversaw 47,000 employees, and worked on California’s energy crisis, restructuring, and development of demand response programs from 2001-2004. She directed the FCC’s Office of Communications Business Opportunities and was a senior manager at the FCC from 1994-1999. In the private sector she was the Vice-President and General Counsel for Z-Spanish Media Corporation, a broadcast, Internet, and outdoor media company that merged with Entravision Communications, and was an Associate at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after earning her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She earned a Masters of Letters in Politics from Oxford University in England where she was the first Latina to win a Rhodes Scholarship. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Yale University. She hails from East Los Angeles and Montebello, California, and lives with her husband in California’s Silicon Valley.
Honorable Jim Beall
California State Senator
Jim Beall brings a lifetime of experience and understanding in government efficiency, transportation, and human services to the State Senate. In three decades of public service – first as a San Jose City Councilman, then as a Santa Clara County Supervisor, and as an Assembly member — Beall has left his mark across Silicon Valley and at the State Capitol.
He spurred the construction of Highways 85 and 87; fought to bring BART to San Jose, and obtained millions in state funding to streamline the Interstate 280/880/ Stevens Creek Boulevard interchange. As the chairman of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, he is committed to solving one of the state’s most pressing problems: the $59 billion backlog in deferred maintenance. He passed legislation enabling San Jose to gain local control over state routes – Monterey Road, The Alameda, and Alum Rock Avenue— and to receive over $12 million in state funding to beautify and bring these arterials up to city standards.
He has helped parents in Los Gatos rebuild a new Lexington School on its original site; led the charge to open a new DMV office in East San Jose; and corrected an inequity in the law to enable the cities of Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Los Altos Hills to recoup their fair share of property tax revenue for local projects and services. Beall is known statewide for his legislation to help foster care children, low-income families, and people with disabilities.
The Honorable Dave Jones
California Insurance Commissioner
He was first elected Insurance Commissioner on November 2, 2010 and re-elected November 4, 2014. Jones leads the California Department of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market. Insurers collect $259 billion a year in premiums in California, making it the nation’s largest insurance market.
Jones served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Named “Consumer Champion” by the California Consumer Federation, Capitol Weekly named Jones California’s “most effective legislator” other than the Assembly Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore. The American Psychiatric Association awarded Jones its prestigious Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award in 2015 for his work on mental health parity. In addition, Jones received the Phillip Burton Award for Courage from the Orange County Labor Federation on April 23, 2015.
Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California from 1988 to 1995. In 1995, Jones was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. He served in the Clinton Administration for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. Jones served on the Sacramento City Council from 1999 to 2004.
Jones graduated with honors from DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Kim Flores, have two children, Isabelle and William.
The Honorable Betty T. Yee
California State Controller
Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez served as California’s 68th Assembly Speaker from March, 2010, until May, 2014. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2008, becoming the first openly gay man elected from Southern California, as well as the first openly gay person of color elected to the Legislature. As Speaker, he led the Assembly’s efforts to pass three consecutive, on-time balanced budgets for the first time in three decades. He championed efforts to make targeted investments to strengthen the economy, including his authorship of the landmark Middle Class Scholarship Act, which provided tuition relief of up to 40 percent for nearly 100,000 California State University and University of California Students.
Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy. He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.
Padilla’s parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California. His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses. Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees). Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems.
In 1999, at the age of 26, Padilla was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent the same east San Fernando Valley community where he grew up. In 2001, his colleagues elected him to the first of three terms as Council President, becoming the youngest member and the first Latino to serve in this capacity.