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Meet the Staff

Updated on: 9/15/2017 4:33 PM
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Scott Strickland, Chief of StaffScott Strickland, Chief of Staff

Scott served as Cindy’s Chief of Staff in 1999-2000 at the San Jose City Council. His experience includes over five years with Supervisors Kniss and Simitian and ten years with the California State Assembly.  Scott served on the County Board of Education for eleven years.   He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University Law Center.  He lives in downtown San Jose.

Issue Areas:
  Land Use, Parks, Fire, Government Transparency and Accountability, Economic Development, Facilities and Fleet, Roads and Airports, Fairgrounds, Civic Center, San Jose Medical Center.

                        Phone: (408) 299-5020



Betty Duong, Policy Aide

Betty Duong, Interim Budget and Policy Director

Betty earned her bachelor’s in Asian American and Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley in 2005 and a law degree from U.C. Davis in 2010. Betty is a volunteer Attorney with the South Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic, and formerly served as Special Counsel to the Vietnamese American Workers' Rights Project with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. She is a life-long resident of San Jose.

Issue areas: Children, Seniors and Families Committee, Social Services, Immigration, Language Access, Cultural Competency, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Affairs.
                        Phone: (408) 299-5026


BethWillon_sm.jpgBeth Willon, Communications Director

Beth has deep ties to San Jose and Santa Clara County after living and working here twice. Beth has been a communicator her entire career in several states as either a print, radio or television journalist or communications director for political campaigns and politicians including Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi. Beth’s multi-platform responsibilities include dealing with media requests, writing, social media, planning media/constituent events, newsletters and helping the people who live in Santa Clara County.
Issue areas: Dealing with media requests, writing, planning media/constituent events, social media, newsletter.  
                        Phone: (408) 533-3952 (cell)



KKathySutherland_sm.jpgathy Sutherland, Executive Assistant / Scheduler

Kathy is a lifelong resident of San Jose with deep community roots in District 2. She began serving her community as a classroom volunteer, was elected to the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative PAC, and served as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Nancy Pyle. Kathy has lived in the Delmas Park Neighborhood of downtown San Jose since 1980. 
Responsibilities: Scheduling and managing the Office Staff.
                        Phone: (408) 299-5020

Alexander Lin, MPP, Policy AideAlexander Lin, MPP, Policy Aide

Alex earned his MPP from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, his BA in Political Science and Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley and his AA in Liberal Arts from De Anza College. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Alex served for three years as Congressional Staff Assistant to U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren. He also served as a consultant to Oakland's Office of the City Administrator and interned for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Alex lives in Sunnyvale and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Issue areas: Communications.
Phone: (408) 299-5027

VictorPerez_sm.jpgVictor Perez, Policy Aide

Victor Perez earned his bachelor’s from the University of California Berkeley in 2015 where he double majored in Political Science and Legal Studies, and minored in Spanish. Victor is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County’s District 2 and speaks Spanish.

Issue areas: Immigration, national issues, constituent services and staff support.
Phone: (408) 299-5023

Alexander Lin, MPP, Policy Aide

Maja Marjanovic, Policy Aide


Prior to joining Supervisor Chavez' Office, Maja worked for the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in Bosnia, Herzegovina and the Western Balkan region on a variety of issues such as women, peace and security, transitional justice, constitutional reform and public administration reform. Maja received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her Bachelor's Degree from Macalester College.

Issue areas: Public Safety and Justice, Jail Reform, Jail Diversion, Bail and Release, Reentry, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Pay Equity.
                        Phone: (408) 299-6418

Joan Rivas-Cosby, Board AideJoan Rivas-Cosby, Board Aide

Joan has had a longtime career of administrative support in the industries of telecommunication, hospitality and labor before joining the office in 2015. She is very active in community organizations seeking to improve quality of life issues in her neighborhood and throughout the city. Joan serves as Chair for CommUniverCity San Jose and Friends of Five Wounds Trail as well as Past Chair for the District 3 Community Leadership Council. Joan lives in the Olinder neighborhood near Downtown San Jose.

Responsibilities: Staff Support, Database Maintenance, Commendations & Proclamations and Constituent Services.
                        Phone: (408) 299-5002


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