Maribel Martínez, MA | Director | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Ella
Maribel Maribel has spent the last 20 years working with various nonprofits in Santa Clara County addressing issues ranging from education reform, community safety measures, social services, health care outreach, to public policy. For nine years, she served as the founding director of the Associated Students Cesar Chavez Community Action Center at San José State University creating interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to infusing social justice and service learning in the cocurricular experiences of students. Prior to that, she worked with organizations such as People Acting in Community Together, Catholic Charities, Somos Mayfair and the City of San José. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology, a graduate degree in Applied Anthropology. She holds certificates from the McCourt School of Public Policy from Georgetown University, Stanford University’s Local Governance Summer Institute, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program.
Contact Me About: Equity and Social Justice Policy Development, Local Implementation of Best Practices and the EBP-plus Model, Countywide Efforts, SupportOut LGBTQ Youth Wellness Initiative, and Local LGBTQ and Communities of Color Histories
Daniel Moretti, MSc | Program Manager I | Pronouns: Him / Him / His
Daniel Moretti has more than a decade of experience working at the intersection of community engagement, social justice, and non-profit arts in locations including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, London (UK), and Cebu (Philippines). Prior to joining the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, he was the Director of Distribution and Educational Programming at the non-profit Frameline where he oversaw a national education program that provided LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and films to more than 1,400 middle and high schools. He holds a BA in Visual and Media Arts with a minor in Gender Studies from Emerson College, and an MSc in Gender, Media, and Culture from the London School of Economics. In his spare time he likes to watch the latest in queer film and television, travel, and feed his passion for fashion.
Contact Me About: General Inquiries, LGBTQ Summit, Silicon Valley Pride (coordination for the County)
Erin Fitzgerald | Graphic Designer II | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers
Erin is a graphic designer and illustrator based out of San Jose, CA. Prior to joining the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, she worked as a software developer and consultant for multiple tech companies. Erin is passionate about creativity, community, and the environment. Her illustrations are inspired by people, objects, and interior design. Erin hopes to one day illustrate a children's book and work in film.
Contact Me About: Graphic Design, Social Media, Newsletters
Sera Fernando | Senior Management Analyst | Pronouns: She / Her / Hers / Siya
Sera Fernando comes from Microsoft as their Outreach Director for Microsoft's GLEAM LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and Experience Manager for Microsoft Stores. As an independent D&I communications consultant and social activist, she also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for Silicon Valley Pride, Board of Governor for the Human Rights Campaign Bay Area, and Councilmember for Women's Equality 2020. Locally, Sera organized the South Bay's first ever Transgender Rally at Silicon Valley Pride 2018, celebrating transgender, nonbinary, gender diverse, and allied folks, highlighting talent from the community. Sera leverages her platform in advocating for transgender intersectionality and social justice, speaking at multiple companies and community based organizations, driving home the importance of workplace equity, allyship, and lifting up the voice of LGBTQ+ storytellers worldwide.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Sera grew up as the daughter of first generation Filipino immigrants in San Jose's Eastside and Evergreen neighborhoods, attending Silver Creek High School and graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film. When she's not involved in community events and collaborations, you can catch her locally finding the next foodie destination, critiquing a multitude of coffee and milk tea spots, shopping for manga in cosplay, or posing and sharing her plant life on Instagram.
Contact Me About: Transgender Economic Empowerment, Transgender Recruitment and Retention, Transgender Programming and Policy, General Inquiries