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Council Members
Sharon Bouska | Commissioner, Seat No. 1

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Sharon Bouska is a lifelong educator who retired from an illustrious career having taught grades 2-12. Past President of the American Association of University Women-San Jose Branch (AAUW-SJ), she was instrumental in bringing forth the idea of a collaboratory county-wide celebration of participatory democracy around the 2020 anniversary of the 19th Amendment. AAUW is a leading organization which champions equality for women and girls in all aspects of life; boardroom, classroom, courtroom. ​​​​​​​​​

Wiggsy Sivertsen | Commissioner, Seat No. 2

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No bio available.​​​​​​

Tracey Edwards | Commissioner, Seat No. 3

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Tracey Edwards earned her B.A. in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and J.D. and LL.M. from Golden Gate University. She is admitted to practice law in California. Prior to retirement, she was a senior leader at Deloitte. Over her 30+ year career at Deloitte she created, grew, and/or reinvented many different businesses. Currently, Tracey serves as Chair of HealthRight Intl., is Treasurer at both Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. and Golden Gate University, and is on the Board of the League of Women Voters of California.  ​​

Guadalupe Rodríguez | Commissioner, Seat No. 4

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Guadalupe Rodríguez is the Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and Planned Parenthood Advocates. She has a degree in Neurobiology from Harvard and serves on several non-profit boards. An active member serving the Silicon Valley Chapter of Democratic Activists for Women Now, Sacred Heart Community Service and the Community Advisory Board for the Center for Clinical Research at Stanford Medical School, she is also the Treasurer of the Board of California Latinas for Reproductive Justice.​​​​​​

Jean Cohen | Commissioner, Seat No. 5

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Jean Cohen is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow who graduated from Saint Mary’s College with an M.A. in 21st Century Leadership. She was born and raised in San Jose and worked for many years on housing, land use, and transportation policy for Senator Jim Beall and City Councilman Raul Peralez. She also served as staff at Sacred Heart Community Service and is currently the Political Director for UA Local Union 393, the Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party and sits on the Executive Boards of D.A.W.N. ​​​​​​

Bob Nuñez | Commissioner, Seat No. 6

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Bob Nuñez is currently a Milpitas City Council Member who has served on several county commissions, non-profit boards and social justice organizations. A career educator, Mr. Nuñez was elected to the Milpitas City Council in 2016 after having previously served on the Milpitas Unified Board of Education following a 40-year career dedicated to education in Riverside County and San Jose. 

Dianna Zamora-Marroquin | Commissioner, Seat No. 7

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Dianna Zamora-Marroquin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a minor in Italian from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. Fluent in Spanish, Dianna has been a consultant for the Select Committee on California-Latin American Affairs for a State Assembly Member and the Communications Liaison for a State Senator. She is responsible for leading the political program of the South Bay Labor Council and promoting the Labor Council’s public image and interests.​​​​​​​​

Katiuska Pimentel-Vargas | Commissioner, Seat No. 8
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No bio available.​​​​​​​

Jenny Higgins-Bradanini | Commissioner, Seat No. 9

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Jenny Higgins Bradanini is the Director of Programing for Women’s March Foundation and a candidate for the San Jose City Council District 10. As a resident of San Jose, she is also the President of Women’s March Bay Area and has been the lead organizer for the Women’s March San Jose for the past three years. She is very proud of her two children, Daisy and Cruz, and enjoys tending to her prized Dahlias.

Lindsey Mansfield | Commissioner, Seat No. 10

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Lindsey Mansfield is an Associate Director at the YWCA Silicon Valley where she leads crisis intervention and support programming for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Psychology with a focus on Women’s Studies. Chosen to be a participant in the Women of Color Network Leadership Cohort, Lindsey is a mother to two incredible humans that are 18 and 8 years old. She loves a good book, 90’s music and Netflix.

Kristin Wood-Hegner | Commissioner, Seat No. 11

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Kristin Wood-Hegner earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Education Management. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in African Studies. She has worked with non-profit organizations, government agencies, elected officials, and political campaigns throughout the Bay Area. She coordinates the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking and has championed intersectional women’s equality since 2008 when she volunteered with trafficking survivors in Ghana. ​

Adrienne Keel | Commissioner, Seat No. 12

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Adrienne Keel is the Director of LGBTQ Programs for Family & Children Services, a division of Caminar. She oversees both the LGBTQ Youth Space, a drop-in center and counseling program for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-25, and LGBTQ Wellness, a multigenerational mental health education and advocacy program. Adrienne graduated with a BA in Psychology from San Jose State University and she has been with the LGBTQ Youth Space since 2011. ​​​

Pearl Cheng | Commissioner, Seat No. 13

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Pearl Cheng holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She joined NASA-Ames Research Center as an engineer, served as an elected Board Trustee for the Cupertino Union School District, and served as the Education Program Manager with United Way Silicon Valley. She currently serves as a substitute teacher and President of the Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Board of Trustees. She enjoys hiking, travel, and time with family and friends.

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan | Commissioner, Seat No. 14

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Dr. Mary Ann Dewan earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. Dr. Dewan has led the Santa Clara County Office of Education since February 2018, after having served in education in a variety of leadership roles for over 30 years, including County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Dewan received the Grail Family Services Siempre Award, featured on the cover of Bay Area Women’s Magazine, and was honored at the ACSA Region 8 Leadership Awards for her visionary leadership.

Kayla Williams | Commissioner, Seat No. 15

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Kayla Williams moved to Santa Clara to study at Santa Clara University. She graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and a B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences. Kayla spent her senior year and the prior summer interning for Community Health Partnership, a consortium of community health centers in Santa Clara County. As a global scholar and local advocate, she is committed to the eradication of social issues that impede the welfare and well-being of historically marginalized populations.​​

Shruthisri Ravisankar | Commissioner, Seat No. 16

Shruthisri (Sri) Ravisankar has been an active civic participant in our community for the past few years and her voice only continues to become stronger. Her presence reminds those in positions of power to serve with humility and that one is only as strong as their constituents' voices are. Sri chose to get involved with her community at the local level and her tireless commitment is what led to her eventual nomination as co-chair of the Women's Equality 2020 Leadership Council.


Norma Callender | Commissioner, Seat No.17

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Inducted into the San Jose/Silicon Valley Black Legends Hall of Fame on February 16, 2019, Norma Callender is a civil rights activist and graduate of Albany Business College, Albany, New York. She is the mother of three sons and credits her own mother as the inspiration for her passion in advocacy for the underrepresented, underprivileged, children and seniors. Norma has worked as an independent paralegal for Santa Clara County Attorneys and served as a jurist on the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury. She served twice as an Obama Fellow and her favorite pastime is tap dancing with Southside’s Dazzling Divas. 

Tamika van den Akker | Commissioner, Seat No. 18

Tamika N. van den Akker is a current Co-Chair of the African Ancestry Committee and a member of the Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet. As a result of her policy reform advocation, the Department of Health Care Services now provides Unaccompanied Refugee Minors full access to medical benefits throughout the State of California. As the County Refugee Coordinator, she has represented the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency as a member of the Santa Clara County Refugee Immigrant Forum.

Ruth Silver Taube | Commissioner, Seat No. 19

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Ruth Silver Taube is the Supervising Attorney of the Worker’s Rights Clinic, Special Counsel to Legal Aid at Work, and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a founding member of the Bay Area Equal Pay Collaborative. She received the Pro Bono Service Award from the California State Bar, the Pro Bono Recognition Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and the Promoting Justice Award from CAIR. 

Margaret Tamisiea | Commissioner, Seat No. 20

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No bio available.​​​​​​​

Jaemi Serene | Commissioner, Seat No. 22

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Serene is the Founder of SheLeadsHer, an online leadership development platform for the next generation of women leaders. She is a Women’s Leadership Advocate who has a passion for developing the next generation of women leaders and believes that leadership is simply the ability to influence change for the positive. Jaemi has spent the last fifteen years working in various HR leadership roles and has developed leadership curriculum that helps women focus on their Mindset Shifts in their leadership, regardless of where they are in their career.  

Angelina Valverde | Commissioner, Seat No. 23

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No bio available.​​​​​​​

Irma Zoepf | Commissioner, Seat No. 24

Irma Zoepf advances diversity and inclusion in the workplace and community. Her strategic and collaborative leadership experience includes working with international startups and non-profits. She is the founder of The Z Bridge, a boutique firm specializing in leadership, diversity, inclusion, and in developing high performing cultures. Irma focuses on empowering women in her community. She serves on various non-profit boards, including Upward Scholars and Thrive Alliance.​

Marjorie Clark | Commissioner, Seat No. 25

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Marjorie Clark is a Counselor and Psychology Instructor at Evergreen Valley College. She founded the Service-Learning and Public Service program, Women and Gender Studies department, and the Council on The Status of Women in the district. She co-founded a professional photo finishing, multimillion-dollar business in New York City and a retail business in East Hampton, New York. She lives with her son and enjoys practicing yoga and mediation.​

Anna Dapelo-Garcia | Commissioner, Seat No. 26

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Anna Dapelo-Garcia, MPA, Health Services Administration is Founder and President of Lean In Latinas. She was named as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence, Woman of the Year by the Women’s Health Care Executives, and received a Top Latino Leaders Award by the National Diversity Council in Los Angeles. She also served as a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government. Anna was featured in The New York Times, Forbes and National Public Radio. In March 2019, she was chosen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for a Latino Leadership award.  ​

Julia Barba | Commissioner, Seat No. 27

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Julia Barba joined Community Health Partnership in 2017 and is currently serving as the Director for the Every Women Counts (EWC) program which provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms and pap tests to underserved and uninsured women. Julia is passionate about striving for health and racial equity, fighting against environmental racism and improving the places we live, work and play through community organizing and public policy.​​

Rebeca Armendariz | Commissioner, Seat No. 28

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No bio available.​​​​​​​​

Alissa Crispin | Commissioner, Seat No. 29

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Alissa Crispin is an elementary school teacher helping to give voice to the innate wisdom of children. She also volunteers her free time to community organizations. She is a member of the Morgan Hill Senior Advisory Committee and a Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Alissa loves to read, paint, and travel with her husband, Oscar.  ​

Kathy Duong | Commissioner, Seat No. 30

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Kathy Duong is currently a Senior Associate at Canyon Snow Consulting. Kathy is a founding member of the Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers Association. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture and City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. On the weekends, she can be found serving coffee with her husband at their shop, Academic Coffee, a downtown San Jose staple.​​​

Murshida Chowdhury | Commissioner, Seat No. 31

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Murshida Chowdhurry has lived in the USA for the last seventeen years and is proud of her Bangladeshi heritage. With a post-baccalaureate degree in Interior Architecture and a Master's degree in philosophy, she is active in the community and promotes health and self-awareness through yoga. Murshida volunteers at Agami Incorported, and founded Murshi, a non-profit organization which provides vocational training to women in a safe environment and empowers them with the skills they need to support themselves and their families.​​

Sera Fernando | Commissioner, Seat No. 32

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Sera Fernando is the Outreach Director for Microsoft’s Global LGBTQ+ Employees and Allies at Microsoft (GLEAM) employee resource group (ERG) and Store Manager for Microsoft Store, Santa Clara. As an independent Diversity & Inclusion communications consultant and social activist, Sera also serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for Silicon Valley Pride and works with LGBTQI+ organizations such as Lesbians Who Tech + Allies, HRC, Women’s Equality 2020, the Silicon Valley High Tech Alliance, LGBTQ Youth Space, and the Billy DeFrank Center. Storyteller, manga collector, closet cosplayer, and milk tea critic, her passion is in empowering billions. Say "Hi.” ​​

Ann Waltonsmith | Commissioner, Seat No. 33

Ann Waltonsmith is a retired professional psychologist who has been recognized for her extensive community involvement. As a psychologist, she worked with individuals, couples and families, helping people emotionally grow and develop coping skills. Presently, she is the Chairperson of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Chairperson for Hakone Foundation, and on the City of Saratoga’s Pedestrian, Equestrian & Bike Trails Advisory Committee.  ​

Margaret Abe-Koga | Commissioner, Seat No. 34

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Margaret Abe-Koga is the Vice Mayor for the City of Mountain View, making her the first Asian American female to serve in this capacity in Mountain View's history. Prior to her service on the City Council, Margaret served as Trustee for Area 1 on the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Margaret was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown and served on the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. She holds a degree in American Government from Harvard University. She and her husband Yotto Koga have two daughters at Mountain View High School.

Cindy Chavez | Commissioner, Seat No. 35

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Cindy Chavez attended San Jose State University, where her love of politics and commitment to community led her to a career in public service. She is the Santa Clara County Supervisor of District 2 and Vice President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Her visionary policies include affordable housing, bail reform, improved services for foster children, health care for all children, and an extensive women’s agenda. She got funding approved to give women in Santa Clara County historical recognition for contributions in education, tech, medicine, science, politics and other fields. During the recent flood of 2017 in San Jose, Cindy worked tirelessly to fill sandbags alongside her neighbors. ​​

Nancy Smith | Commissioner, Seat No. 36

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Nancy Smith was elected to the Sunnyvale City Council in November 2016. She serves as the City’s representative to the Water Commission of Valley Water and is an executive committee member on the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority. She also serves as the first vice president of the League of California Cities Women’s Caucus.  Nancy has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Olivet Nazarene University and works as a program manager at NVIDIA Corporation. She and her husband have lived in Sunnyvale since 1994.  ​

Jennifer Briscoe | Commissioner, Seat No. 37

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Jennifer Briscoe is the Administrator for Telecare's Partners in Wellness Program in Santa Clara County and is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. Currently, Jennifer serves on the Commission on the Status of Women for Santa Clara County and was awarded Commissioner of the Year. Jennifer was a 2017 New Leaders Council Silicon Valley Fellow. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctor of Education degree in Counseling Psychology​.

Nicole Ong | Commissioner, Seat No. 38

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Nicole Ong is senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Nicole is passionate about journalism, mental health, and Asian-American issues. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her high school's student-run newspaper. She has presented workshops at local and national student journalism conventions about mental health, social privilege, and local politics. In addition, Nicole previously interned at the District Office of California Assemblymember Evan Low and was a member of the County Office of Women's Policy's Girls Advisory Team.  ​​

Marisela Martinez | Commissioner, Seat No. 39

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No bio available.​​​​​​​

Arcel Blume | Commissioner, Seat No. 40

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Arcel Blume, Ph.D., oversees the Office of Cultural Competency (OCC), Division of Equity and Social Justice, County of Santa Clara Office of the County Executive. Through cross-system partnerships, OCC works to address racial disparities, dismantle systemic barriers, and develop culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and healing-centered approaches that are anchored in strengthening racial equity for the most marginalized in our communities.  ​​

Teresa Castellanos | Commissioner, Seat No. 41

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Teresa Castellanos has worked with Santa Clara County for more than three decades. She was a guiding force behind the Santa Clara County's citizenship and immigrant integration programs between 1996 and 2015 and remains in the Office of Immigrant Relations (OIR) where she is an immigrant programs coordinator. She has received numerous awards including Congressional, and County recognition for her tireless and courageous work on behalf of immigrants and refugees and was also a recipient of a Woman of the Year Award presented by the Senator Jim Beall in 2016 and Assembly member Ash Kalra in 2018. Teresa is the mother of four adult children, and grandmother of two and godmother of two children.​​​​

Maribel Martinez | Commissioner, Seat No. 42

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Maribel Martínez received her BA in Political Science and Sociology and an MA in Applied Anthropology. Currently, she is a lecturer at San José State University in the Department of Chicano(a) Studies and is the founding director for the County of Santa Clara, Office of LGBTQ Affairs. She helped to open two new district schools in East San José. She is the founding director of the César E. Chávez Community Action Center at SJSU, a founding member of La Peña's Hybrid Performance Experiment Ensemble, and the founder of The Queerceañera Project San José.​

Protima Pandey | Commissioner, Seat No. 43

As the Director for the Office of Women’s Policy at Santa Clara County, Protima leads her team to 
demand equity in governance. She is one of 17 lawyers nation-wide appointed as a Commissioner to the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and is an integral part of the creation and implementation of the Office of Gender Based Violence Prevention at Santa Clara County. When she is not driving public policy, she is actively challenging pre-conceived notions of what she has been told she can and cannot be. Protima was once told she would never walk again..six months later, she proudly stood on stage to receive her citizenship papers.

Isela Gonzales | Commissioner, Seat No. 44

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Shannon Bushey | Commissioner, Seat No. 45

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Shannon Bushey is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County. She is the Registrar of Voters for the County of Santa Clara and has worked for the County for over 29 years. As a public servant, she has dedicated her career to helping Santa Clara County residents. Shannon is committed to fair, inclusive, accurate, and transparent elections.  ​​

Kavya Bellam | Commissioner, Seat No. 46

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Kavya Bellam is the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force Representative in the Women’s 2020 Leadership Council. Involved with the Youth Task Force since she was a freshman in high school, she was able to learn a lot of the issues that youth in the county face. She loves drawing, singing, and Taekwondo. She loves spending time with her friends and family by either simply getting some food or watching her favorite movies.  ​​

Last updated: 8/9/2021 4:32 PM