Meet the Staff of Supervisor Mike Wasserman
John L. Gibbs, Chief of Staff
John has 29 years of experience serving the County Board of Supervisors. He also serves as on the County Parks and Recreation Commission. John earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from San José State University in 1983, a law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1986 and then returned to San José State University for his Master of Public Administration degree in 1990. John lives in San Jose.
Issue areas: Public Safety and Justice, Employee Services Agency, Labor Relations, County Parks, Fairgrounds
Christine Stavem, Chief of Staff Pro-Tem
Christine Stavem joined the District 1 office in 2018. Since 2016, she served as Communications Director and Public Safety Aide to Supervisor Ken Yeager, and previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Advisor to Supervisor Joe Simitian. Christine also served as Chief of Staff to First Lady Maria Shriver, Office of Governor Schwarzenegger, and as Chief of Staff to the New Mexico Secretary of Public Education. Christine holds BA and MA degrees in Journalism from the University of Arizona.
Issue areas: Office Management, Public Safety and Justice, Fairgrounds
Evelyn Lopez, Scheduler / Executive Assistant
Evelyn has over 20 years of experience with the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. She has served as the Scheduler and Executive Assistant for the District 1 office for 14 years and previously served in the same capacities for Santa Clara County Supervisors Dianne McKenna and Zoe Lofgren. Evelyn lives in San Jose.
Responsibilities: Scheduling Requests, Appearance Requests
Elizabeth Sanford, Policy Aide
Elizabeth has worked for District 1 since 2010 and has more than 15 years of federal, state and local government experience. She graduated from California State University, Monterey Bay with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and later from San José State University with a Master of Public Administration degree.
Issue areas: Communications, Outreach, Registrar of Voters, Assessor, Economic Development
Stacey Greenwell, Board Aide
Stacey joined the District 1 office in 2011 and has extensive office experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Stacey worked as a Deputy Clerk in Assessment Appeals for the Santa Clara County Clerk of the Board. Stacey lives in San Jose.
Responsibilities: Public Inquiries, Office Assistance, Board and Commission Appointments, Resolutions and Commendations.
Heather Wilson, Policy Aide
Heather joined the office in 2015 and has more than 12 years of experience as a government analyst and education consultant for various private organizations and non-profits that support public agencies. She received her BA in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College, a Claremont College in 2003 and her MPA from the University of New Mexico in 2010. Heather lives in San Jose.
Issue areas: Social Services, Health and Hospital System, Housing and Homeless, Senior Nutrition, Public Guardian
Francisco Villalobos, Policy Aide
Francisco Villalobos joined the office in 2016 as an intern out of college and now holds the position of a Policy Aide for Supervisor Wasserman. Being a San Jose native, he graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School and continued his education at San Jose State University where he obtained a BA in Political Science and a minor in Communication Studies. Francisco is proficient in Spanish and has experience serving the Hispanic community. Francisco lives in San Jose.
Issue areas: Transportation, Fire Districts, Emergency Services, Animal Control, Environmental Health, Agriculture, County District Libraries, and Solid Waste and Recycling
Kira Valenta, Policy Aide
Kira joined the District 1 office in 2017 as a graduate intern and now holds a Policy Aide position for the office. A bay area native, she received her BA degree from UC Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and is currently working on her MPA at San Jose State University.