Guests

Eleventh 2018 MEETING!
La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, November 30th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan        Chief Eddie Garcia

Dr. Dewan & Eddie Garcia
Santa Clara County                     San Jose
Superindent of Schools             Chief of Police

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Tenth 2018 MEETING!
La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, October 26th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Javier González

Javier González
Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager
Google LLC

Biography
Javier González, Public Policy & Government Affairs Manager: Google LLC
At Google, Javier leads the government and community affairs in Silicon Valley.  He has over a decade of government, campaign, and legislative experience in the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley region and the state’s capital.   

Currently, Javier serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ California State Advisory Committee.  In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown recommended Javier to serve as a member of the Selective Service System local board.

Born and raised in downtown San José, Javier attended local schools including Gunderson High School and Santa Clara University. Javier enjoys volunteering, golfing, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Nineth 2018 MEETING!
La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, September 28th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Julie Chávez Rodríguez

Julie Chávez Rodríguez
State Director for U.S. Senator
Kamala D. Harris

Biography
Julie Chávez Rodríguez, State Director
Julie Chávez Rodríguez is the State Director for United States Senator Kamala D. Harris. In this role, Julie oversees all office operations across five district offices and serves as the Senator’s principal representative among constituents and elected leaders throughout California.

Previously, Julie was the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement at the White House. In that capacity, Julie managed a team of associate directors working with leaders in the LGBT, AAPI, Latino, Veterans, Youth, Education, Labor, and Progressive communities and supported efforts to reform the nation’s immigration system, improve services for veterans, and increase access to affordable, quality health care, among other issues. Julie also worked in coordination with the White House’s National Security Council on efforts to normalize the United States’ relationship with Cuba, in addition to responding to the migration of Central American children and their families.

Prior to joining the White House, Julie served as the Director of Youth Employment at the Department of the Interior and the Deputy Press Secretary to former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Julie was born and raised in California’s Central Valley, attended UC-Berkeley, and worked for the Cesar E. Chávez Foundation in Los Angeles for 9 years prior to joining the Obama Administration.

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Eighth 2018 MEETING!
La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, August 31st, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Miguel Márquez

Miguel Márquez
Chief Operating Officer
County of Santa Clara

Biography
Miguel Márquez, Chief Operating Officer
Miguel Márquez serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the County of Santa Clara.  He previously served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, and before that as the County Counsel for the County of Santa Clara.

Before coming to Santa Clara County, Miguel served as General Counsel of the San Francisco Unified School District and as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He started his public service career as a Deputy County Counsel in San Mateo County.

Miguel has also worked for two private law firms (Cooley LLP and Remcho, Johansen & Purcell), and as a Management Consultant at KPMG Peat Marwick, where he was part of a national financial and organizational consulting practice.

Miguel’s parents immigrated to the United States from México with only a limited amount of formal education. Spanish was Miguel’s first language, so programs like Head Start were critical to his early education. These formative experiences inspired his commitment to public service.

Miguel received his law degree from the UC Berkeley School of Law, his Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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Angel Rios, Jr.
Angel Rios, Jr.
Deputy City Manager
San Jose, California

Biography
Angel Rios, Jr., Deputy City Manager

Angel Rios, Jr., is a community minded, entrepreneurial leader with 25 years of professional experience working in both the public and non-profit sectors. He was recently appointed to serve as Deputy City Manager for the City of San Jose, Prior to this he served as the Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) for the City of San Jose. In this capacity, he was responsible for the administration of 200 Parks, 53 Community Centers, 57 miles of Trails, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, and a $350-million-dollar capital budget.

Prior to joining the City of San José Angel served as the Associate Director of the largest Latino based non-profit, community based organization in Santa Clara County. In that capacity, he oversaw the construction of a multi-purpose youth center in the city’s east side and was instrumental in the development of several award winning gang prevention programs.

Angel also served as an appointed member on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Board (CalGRIP). Rios also served as a key member of the City of San José team assisting the White House and the Office of the Attorney General launch a “National Youth Violence Prevention Forum,” and he is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley.

Angel has served as one of the chief architects of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force, an anti-violence effort that has received national acclaim for its effectiveness in redirecting kids away from gangs and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Under his leadership, PRNS is being re-engineered and repositioned as a national leader. The department’s Greenprint, 20 year strategic plan is being updated to reflect modern and innovative ways to serve children, youth, adults and persons with disabilities through its parks, community centers and trails. The launching of signature programs such as VivaCalleSJ and Viva Parks are evidence of his commitment to the goals of connecting people to people, and people to places.

Angel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

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Seventh 2018 MEETING!
La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, July 27th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Attorney Francis (“Frankie”) V. Guzman

Francis V. Guzman
National Center for Youth Law

Biography
Francis V. Guzman, Attorney: National Center for Youth Law

Attorney Francis (“Frankie”) V. Guzman is a juvenile justice attorney at the National Center for Youth Law. He is working to eliminate the practice of prosecuting and incarcerating children in California’s adult criminal justice system and advocates for alternative sentencing and local treatment for youth charged with serious offenses statewide.

Raised in a poor, mostly immigrant community plagued by crime and drugs, Guzman experienced his parents’ divorce and his family’s subsequent homelessness at age 3, the life-imprisonment of his 16-year-old brother at age 5, and lost numerous friends to violence. At age 15, he was arrested for armed robbery and, on his first offense, was sentenced to serve 15 years in the California Youth Authority. Released on parole after six years, Frankie attended law school and became an expert in juvenile law and policy with a focus on ending the prosecution of youth as adults.

Through partnerships with community organizations and advocacy groups, Guzman has helped lead the effort to reduce the number of youth prosecuted as adults and serving time in adult prisons. Recent successes include SB 260 (2013) & SB 261 (2015) Youth Offender Parole Hearings, and SB 382 (2015) Juvenile Fitness Hearings. Even more recently, Guzman played a significant role in developing the youth justice portion of the Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016 in partnership with the Office of California Gov. Jerry Brown.

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Laura Garnette
Chief Laura Garnette
Chief Probation Officer
Santa Clara County

Biography
Laura Garnette, Chief Probation Officer

Laura Garnette is the Chief Probation Officer for the Santa Clara County Probation Department. In this role, she has had the pleasure of collaboratively enhancing, creating and implementing system changes including: educational/therapeutic day treatment and family centered, in home Wraparound services as alternatives to detention; robust re-entry services for youth exiting secure care; serving as a team lead to create one of two model sights in the country to competently serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the juvenile justice system; increasing the competency of local non-profit providers to appropriately serve youth and families of different races, ethnicities and socio-economic status; development and implementation of best practices for youth involved with both child welfare and juvenile justice and applying evidence based practices to all areas of service delivery. She devotes considerable time and effort to workforce development within the Probation Department, providing opportunities for staff to work toward their potential and improve outcomes for clients. Chief Garnette previously served as the director of Juvenile Probation, Juvenile Hall and Adult Probation in Santa Cruz County, California where she was central in moving Santa Cruz County to a national model for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, (JDAI).

Chief Garnette serves as a national consultant and trainer on issues ranging from expedited court processes, risk based detention strategies, jail population reduction tools, strength-based family focused service delivery and serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the juvenile justice system. She has extensive experience in program development, implementation and evaluation and has authored and implemented many successful grants through state, federal and private funders. She has published articles in peer journals and co-authored a chapter in a graduate school textbook. Ms. Garnette received her BA in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, and her Masters Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University.

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Sixth 2018 MEETING!
   La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, June 29th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Ro Khanna
Congressman Ro Khanna
Honorable Congressman
 17th Congressional District
Biography
Ro Khanna, Honorable Congressman

Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and is serving in his first term. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget and Armed Services committees and is a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Rep. Khanna is committed to representing the people and ideas rooted in Silicon Valley to the nation and throughout the world. For each job created in the high-tech industry, another four jobs are created. The tech multiplier is even larger than the multiplier for U.S. manufacturing. Rep. Khanna will work to ensure the technology sector is at the forefront of U.S. economic policy and strive to provide opportunities to those our changing economy and technological revolution has left behind. To do so, the U.S. must implement policies that will not only create tech jobs in Silicon Valley but across America. This includes job training programs, economic development initiatives, re-wiring the U.S. labor market, and debt-free college to help working families prepare for the future.

A dedicated political reformer, Rep. Khanna is one of just six elected officials to refuse contributions from PACs and lobbyists. He also supports a 12-year term limit for Members of Congress and a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Rep. Khanna was born in Philadelphia, PA, during America’s bicentennial, to a middle-class family. Both of his parents immigrated to the United States in the 1970s from India in search of opportunity and a better life for their children. His father is a chemical engineer and his mother is a substitute school teacher. Rep. Khanna’s commitment to public service was inspired by his grandfather who was active in Gandhi’s independence movement, worked with Lala Lajpat Rai in India, and spent several years in jail for promoting human rights.

Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Khanna taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American Jurisprudence at San Francisco State University. He wrote the book Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America’s Future and worked as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property law. Rep. Khanna served in President Barack Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Investment Board. He has also provided pro bono legal counsel to Hurricane Katrina victims with the Mississippi Center for Justice, and co-authored an amicus brief on the fair housing U.S. Supreme Court case, Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.

Rep. Khanna graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago and received a law degree from Yale University. As a student at the University of Chicago, he walked precincts during Barack Obama’s first campaign for the Illinois Senate in 1996. In his free time, Rep. Khanna enjoys cheering for the Golden State Warriors, watching movies, and traveling. He and his wife Ritu call Fremont, CA, home.

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Fifth 2018 MEETING!
   La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, May 25th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Zoe Lofgren
Zoe Lofgren
Honorable Congresswoman
 19th District of California

Biography
Zoe Lofgren, Honorable Congresswoman

Zoe Lofgren has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1995. She represents the 19th District of California.Rep. Lofgren is Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation.The Delegation consists of the thirty-nine Democratic members of the House of Representatives from California. It is the most diverse delegation in the House and outnumbers all other state House delegations. She currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee; the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; and the Committee on House Administration.As the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration Policy and Enforcement Subcommittee, Zoe tries to cut through the divisive political rhetoric to advance common sense immigration policy solutions that are practical, fair, and will help America thrive.Rep. Lofgren has been recognized by her constituents with numerous awards for her work on immigration, health care, technology, and women’s issues.

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Fourth 2018 MEETING!
   La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, April 27th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Jeffrey V. Smith & Dave Sykes
Jeffrey Smith and Dave Sykes
Santa Clara County, Executive
 & San Jose City, Manager

Biography
Jeffrey V. Smith, Santa Clara County, Executive

Dr. Smith has served as a doctor, lawyer, elected official and an executive manager throughout his esteemed career. Receiving his M.D. from the University of Southern California, School of Medicine, Jeff went on to practice medicine, becoming Chief Medical Officer and Family Practice Residency Director in Contra Costa County Health Services.

Jeff earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of California Berkeley and is a member of the California State Bar. Additionally, Dr. Smith has served as a Contra Costa County Board Supervisor and a Councilmember for the City of Martinez. As County Executive for the County of Santa Clara, Jeff is committed to providing quality services to our residents and shaping policies that lead to better governance.

Biography
Dave Sykes, San Jose City, Manager
Dave began his career with the City of San José as a part-time engineering trainee in 1987 and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility. This included working on Regional Transportation Projects, Permitting, Development Review and Capital Project Delivery. As Assistant Director of Public Works, Dave was responsible for the oversight and delivery of over $700M of public improvements in the “Decade of Investment” funded by voter-approved bonds.

Under the San José City Charter, the city manager serves as the city’s chief administrative officer and reports directly to the City Council. The city manager is responsible for administration of day-to-day municipal operations and the implementation of council policies. The city manager is also responsible for overseeing San José’s $3 billion annual budget and the City’s 5,700 employee workforce.

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Third 2018 MEETING! CANCELLED!!
   La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, March 30th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Hon. Dr. Ed Hernandez
State Senator - 22nd District
California State Senator
Candidate for Lt. Governor
Biography
Dr. Ed Hernandez, Honorable, California State Senator (22nd District)

Dr. Ed Hernandez had only one goal as a young man – to serve the health care needs of the community he came from.  As an optometrist and local businessman, he never dreamed he would one day work in the California State Legislature.  As a health care provider in predominantly low-income communities though, the need to improve access to health care is what drove him to run for office.  Dr. Ed was first elected to the Assembly in November of 2006, and re-elected in November of 2008.  He won his seat in the California State Senate in November of 2010 and was re-elected once again in 2014.

Senator Hernandez serves as Chair for the Senate Committee on Health and also Chair for the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics.  He is also a member of the Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee and the Senate Insurance Committee.

Senator Hernandez is the Vice Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus, made up of 12 Senators and Assemblymembers representing the greater San Gabriel Valley.  This position has allowed him to work in cooperation with fellow legislators on issues critical to the San Gabriel Valley, including water and transportation.

Senator Hernandez proudly represents the 22nd Senate District.

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SECOND 2018 MEETING! DON’T MISS IT!
   La Raza Roundtable Meeting
Refreshments courtesy of Nunez Community Foundation, Liquid Restaurant
& wine courtesy of Teresa Alvarado.

 

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Hon. Devora “Dev” Davis
Hon. Devor 'Dev' Davis
San Jose City Council Member, District 6

 

Biography
Devora Davis, Honorable, San Jose City Council Member (6th District)
Councilmember Dev Davis represents District 6 in San José. Before being elected in 2016, Councilmember Davis spent 12 years as an education researcher for Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). With a strong interest in community organizing, she served as a Chair of the City of San José’s Early Care and Education Committee, a delegate to the Junior League of California’s State Public Affairs Committee, President of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association, and Public Relations Chair for the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Playground Committee.

 

Council member Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degrees in Public Policy and Education Policy, Organization & Leadership from Stanford University. Council member Davis and her husband Chris have two school-aged children and two dogs. They currently reside in the North Willow Glen Neighborhood.

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Friday, January 26th, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Hon. Ricardo Lara
Honorable State Senator, Ricardo Lara
California State Senator, 33rd District

 

Biography
Ricardo Lara, Hon. Senator, Honorable State Senator (33rd District)

Raised in East Los Angeles, SenatorRicardo Lara is the product of strict, supportive and fair Mexican immigrants, Dolores and Venustiano Lara. He made history in 2012 by becoming the first openly gay person of color elected to the California Senate.

SenatorLara has proposed legislation in 2017 to protect the human rights of immigrants in for-profit detention facilities (Senate Bill 29), to prevent state officials from participating in religious discrimination through a federal registry (Senate Bill 31), and to bring equity and justice to our juvenile and criminal justice system.

He created a select committee on binational students and introduced legislation to ensure U.S. students exiled in Mexico have the right to attend American schools. SenatorLara continues to stand strong in reaffirming California’s longstanding commitment to American values of inclusion, diversity and freedom from oppression.

Senator Lara earned a BA in Journalism and Spanish with a minor in Chicano Studies from San Diego State University.

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Friday, November 17th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Don’t Miss it!!
(Come early fora good seat)
Santa Clara County Board of Supervior, Chair

Honorable, Dave Cortese, Chair
Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Clara

 

Biography
Hon. Dave Cortese, Board of Superivisors, County of Santa Clara

Supervisor Dave Cortese was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He is currently serving his third consecutive term as Board President. Prior to joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor, as well as eight years as a Trustee for the East Side Union High School District.

Cortese grew up in East San Jose as part of a family that has been active in civic, cultural and business activities for generations. He is married to Pattie, an East Side Union High School District Board Member, and has four children. His strong local roots and love for Santa Clara County fuel his passion for public service.

Cortese was educated at Bellarmine College Prep and UC Davis where he earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Political Science. He earned his Juris Doctorate at Lincoln University Law School in San Jose.

He is a member and immediate past president of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, sits on the Association of Bay Area Governments’ Executive Board,  the National Association of Counties’ Transportation Steering Committee, and is an alternate on the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

On the Board of Supervisors, Cortese serves as Chair of the Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee and Vice Chair of Children, Seniors and Families Committee. As Board President, he has brought the community together to end homelessness, reform the County’s Custody Operations and fight for the rights of immigrants.

Under the banner of l justice for immigrants, Supervisor Cortese:

  • Led the initiative to establish the County’s first Office of Immigrant Relations
  • Championed the efforts to fund legal services for undocumented workers and DACA recipients, along with a know-your-rights education campaign and a rapid response network to protect residents from ICE activity.
  • Led the creation of the New Americans Fellowship to provide paid internship opportunities to DACA recipients either in college or recently graduated from college.
  • Conducted hearings on discrimination against immigrants, hate crimes and women’s rights
  • Led the way for the County’s lawsuits against executive actions by President Donald Trump that threatened withholding funds for vital services to residents.

 

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Friday, October 27th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Don’t Miss it!!
(Come early fora good seat)
RENÉ G. SANTIAGO Deputy County Executive Director

RENÉ G. SANTIAGO
Deputy County Executive
Director of County of Santa Clara Health System

Biography
RENÉ G. SANTIAGO, Deputy County Executive

Mr. René G. Santiago is Deputy County Executive and Director of the County of Santa Clara Health System. His primary responsibilities are to protect and promote the health of all residents in the County, and manage the nearly $3 billion budget of the State’s second largest public healthcare system.

The County of Santa Clara Health System, under the leadership of the County Board of Supervisors and the County Executive Office, employs over 7,800 professional, technical and support staff serving close to 2 million residents. It is the largest public agency in local county government, providing a full and comprehensive range of direct services and programs for over 300,000 adults and children annually through six major departments: the Behavioral Health Services Department, Public Health Department, Emergency Medical Services Agency, Custody Health, Valley Health Plan, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

The Health System has been, and will continue to be, Santa Clara County’s healthcare safety net. The goals of the Health System are to improve the care of patients, deliver better service, and improve the health of the community. This work is done for the well-being and health of customers, families, employees, partners, and the community we serve.

Additionally, Mr. Santiago is currently Chair of the California Association of Public Health and Hospital Systems, an association representing all federally-recognized 21 public hospitals across California, including the University of California and Los Angeles County, directly advocating for national health reform and support for universal coverage.

Mr. Santiago is a proud resident of East San Jose and his 13-year old son attends St. John Vianney School. He attended and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a joint Masters’ in Public Health and Urban Planning.

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Friday, September 29th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Special Guest
Honorable Magdalena Carrasco
Magdalena Carrasco, Vice Mayor
Vice Mayor, City of San Jose, District 5
Biography
Magdalena Carrasco, Honorable Vice Mayor
Magdalena graduated from Independence High School here in San Jose and has worked for this community for decades. Magdalena was the first in her family to finish high school, from there she went to UC Santa Barbara to pursue her degree in Chicano Studies. Magdalena worked her way through college as a caregiver at a home for youths transitioning between juvenile hall and the adult world. She taught them life skills, conflict resolution, anger management and how to respect themselves and their communities.After college, Magdalena’s passion for improving the quality of life for children and families led her to a ten-year career with the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services. There, she served as a powerful advocate and spokesperson for the Foster Care and Adoptions Program. Magdalena also served as a Family and Child Advocate with First 5 Santa Clara. At First 5, Magdalena has had firsthand experience with families and children in difficult home situations and has seen the profound ways violence impacts our community. In her role as a community advocate, Magdalena helps rehabilitate perpetrators of violence and helps their families get the help they need to get back on their feet.Her commitment to advocacy and children both through the First 5 Commission and as a mother of four led her to win a seat on the Board of East Side Union High School District in November of 2012, and served until she took office for the San Jose City Councilmember for District 5 in 2015.Since taking office she has championed issues as Affordable Housing, Wage Theft, Rent Control, and Minimum Wage. She has brought endless energy to the abatement of illegal dumping and graffiti hosting countless of community clean-ups with more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service for these East Side projects. This summer, she hosted a National Night Out event where 3,500 residents came out to enjoy an evening of zip lining, BBQ, meeting their local police officers, and other fun activities. Also, 1,000 students walked away with a backpack full of school supplies.

In January of this year, Mayor Sam Liccardo appointed her Vice Mayor of the City of San José, the first Councilmember from East San José in over 30 years.

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Friday, August 25th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Special Guest
Nuria Fernandez, VTA’s General Manager/CE)
Nuria Fernandez, VTA Gen. Mngr.
Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA)
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Friday, July 28th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Special Guest
Sheriff, Laurie Smith
Sheriff, Santa Clara CountySanta Clara County
Biography
Laurie SmithSheriff of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith is a native of Michigan where she lived until completion of high
school. In 1969 she relocated to San Jose, California to pursue higher education and begin her law
enforcement career. While still an undergraduate, she began her public service career in 1973 when she
was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff Matron, then the only full peace officer status position available to
women. Until 1976, female sworn staff received the same basic police training as their male
counterparts, but were only allowed to work in non‐enforcement capacities. Laurie was one of the first
female deputies to perform patrol and undercover functions. Laurie was one of the first
female deputies to perform patrol and undercover functions. Sheriff Smith has spent her entire
professional career with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

She has been appointed and has served on the State of California, Commission on Peace Officer
Standards and Training (appointed by Governor Davis, Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Brown);
the Speaker’s Commission on Police Conduct; the Office of the Attorney General, Blue Ribbon
Commission on SWAT Practices and Policies; the Attorney General’s Violent Crime Reduction Task Force;
and the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority. Within Santa Clara County, she has been
appointed and served on the Community Corrections Partnership and Re‐Entry Network Governance
Team, the Jail Diversion and Behavioral Health Subcommittee of the Re‐Entry Network, the Juvenile
Justice Coordinating Council, and the Anti‐Terrorism Approval Authority. She has also served on the
Administration of Justice Advisory Board for De Anza College and the University of San Francisco.

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Friday, June 30th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Special Guest
Hon. Assemblymember. Ash Kalra
27th District Assemblyman
California State Assembly, District 27

 

Biography
Ash KarlaHonorable 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.

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San Jose City Council Man -Sergio Jimenez
THE HONORABLE
COUNCIL MEMBER,  SERGIO JIMENEZ

Biography
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. 

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Friday, May 26th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Special Guest

Jeffrey F. Rosen
to report on
“Race and Prosecutions”

Jeffrey F. Rosen, District AttorneyDistrict Attorney
Santa Clara County
Biography
Jeffrey F. RosenDistrict 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.

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Friday, April 28th, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)

 

Special Guest
Lupita Cortez Alcalá

Lupita Cortez Alcalá
Executive Director
California Student Aid Commission

Biography
Lupita Cortez AlcaláExecutive 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.

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Friday, March 31st, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
(Come early for a good seat)
Special Guest

  Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley
CHANCELLOR
ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY

Biography
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.

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Friday, February 24th
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Special Guests

  San Jose City Councilwoman : Sylvia Arenas
THE HONORABLE
COUNCIL MEMBER,  SYLVIA ARENAS

Biography
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.

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San Jose City Council Man -Sergio Jimenez
THE HONORABLE
COUNCIL MEMBER,  SERGIO JIMENEZ

Biography
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. 

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Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 

Special Guest’s

   SENATOR BEN HUESO
THE HONORABLE
SENATOR BEN HUESO

Biography
Ben HuesoSenator
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.

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Senator Kevin de León
THE HONORABLE
President pro Tempore SENATOR KEVIN De LEÓN

Biography
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.

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Special Guest
Ruben Barrales

Ruben Barrales
President, GROW Elect

Biography
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.

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Special Guest
Dr. Deborah Budd - Chancellor

Dr. Deborah Budd, Chancellor
San José-Evergreen Community College District

Biography
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.

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Special Guests

Arturo Rodriguez - UFW President
Arturo S. Rodríguez, President
United Farm Workers of America


Biography
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.

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guillermo-diaz
Guillermo Diaz, Jr.
Senior Vice President & CIO, CISCO

Biography
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.

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Special Guest’s

Norma Camacho

Norma Camacho, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Santa Clara Valley Water District

Biography
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.

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Eddie Garcia

Edgardo (Eddie) Garcia
Chief of Police City of San Jose

Biography
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

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Special Guest

Jeffrey F. Rosen
The Honorable Jeff Rosen
District Attorney, Santa Clara County

Biography
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.”

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Special Guests

Catherine J. K. Sandoval

The Honorable Catherine J. K. Sandoval
California Public Utilities Commission

Biography
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.

Jim BeallHonorable Jim Beall
California State Senator


Biography
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.

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Dave For Who?

The Honorable Dave Jones
California Insurance Commissioner

Friday, April 29, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM    
(Come early for a good seat)

Biography

Dave Jones

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.

 

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Betty T. Yee

The Honorable Betty T. Yee
California State Controller

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John A. Perez
The Honorable Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
Member, Board of Regents University of California
 

Biography
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.

As a member of the Board of Regents, Pérez serves on the Grounds and Buildings Investments Committee, which considers matters relating to the grounds and buildings of all campuses, stations, observatories, and other real property of the University used for campus-related purposes. Universities of California are governed by The Regents, which under Article IX, Section 9 of the California Constitution has “full powers of organization and governance” subject only to very specific areas of legislative control. Appointed November 17, 2014  to term expiring March 1, 2024 by Governor Brown.

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Alex Padilla
The Honorable Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State

Biography
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.