Kristina Loquist, Chief of Staff
Housing/Homelessness, Land Use
Kristina Loquist has staffed Supervisor Simitian on land use, parks and open space, and housing and homelessness since his return to the Board of Supervisors in January 2013. Prior to that she worked on his staff in a variety of roles both when he served as a County Supervisor and as a member of the State Legislature.
Micaela Hellman-Tincher, Policy Director
Social Services, Non-Profits, Behavioral Health, Seniors, Immigration
Micaela Hellman-Tincher works as a policy aide in Supervisor Simitian’s office. Previously she worked in non-profits in San Francisco and Rwanda, and before that she worked in advocacy in Washington, DC. Micaela has an MA in International Policy Studies from Stanford, and a BA in Economics and International Relations from George Washington University. Micaela is originally from District Five, and enjoys serving the community where she grew up.
Communications, Press/Media, Outreach, Veterans
Gabe Carhart covers communications, media, and outreach for Supervisor Simitian. He has worked previously in political and governmental offices throughout the Peninsula and South Bay, as well as in Washington DC. Gabe has a BS in political science from Santa Clara University.
Outreach, Social Media, Communications
Bennett Charles works on outreach and strategic communications for Supervisor Simitian. Previously he worked in customer and product team roles in tech startups. He also has worked in strategic communications, message development, coalition building, policy advocacy, grassroots and candidate campaigns in the Bay Area and in New York. He has a Master’s in Public Administration/Public Policy from N.Y.U.
Women's Issues, LGBTQ+, The Arts, Sustainability
Candace Joy is a long-time Simitian staffer who has been
with Supervisor Simitian since his days in the California State Legislature.
She works on an array of subject matter including women’s issues, LGTBQ+
affairs, the arts, and environmental sustainability and conservation (including
water, trees, animals, and waste management). Candace’s passion for
sustainability began in college where she led the policy team on the Zero
Emission Model (ZEM) tiny-house project at San Jose State University. She also
has a devotion to good governance and previously worked with the California
Ethics and Democracy Project as a consultant.
Public Safety/Justice, Technology, Privacy
Brian Pascal is Supervisor Simitian’s policy advisor on public safety, criminal justice, surveillance, data privacy and security, and science and technology. He has worked in a variety of fields at the intersection of technology, law, and policy as an academic, a consultant, and an attorney. Brian received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, his undergraduate degree in physics from Duke University, and in between he studied science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a non-residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society.
Christine Prior, Scheduler
Meeting Requests, Education, Parks, Press/Communications, Interns
Christine Prior is Supervisor Simitian’s scheduler and executive assistant. She also works on federal affairs, education, parks and manages the office’s intern program. Christine received a degree in political science and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Budget, Finance, Transportation, Registrar of Voters
Kris Zanardi works on budget, transportation, intergovernmental relations, education, and matters within the jurisdiction of the Finance and Government Operations Committee, of which Supervisor Simitian is Chair. Previously she worked at the City of San Jose, focused on the City’s budget, and for over twenty years at the state level working on public policy and budget matters in various capacities for the California State Legislature. Kris has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Board Presidency, Outreach, Event Planning
Antonia Zavala is a policy aide working in the areas of the
Board Presidency, Outreach, and event coordinating. She also covers the
cities of Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Previously, Antonia served on the
Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees as an elected Student Trustee. Antonia, a daughter of an immigrant and a first
generation student graduated from the University of California-Riverside with a
B.A. in Global Studies. Antonia is a dedicated community member and is
currently serving on the boards of the Silicon Valley Princess Project as a
Community Lead and The Palo Alto Alumnae Association of Kappa Association as
their Philanthropy Chair.