Christina Ramos
Chief of Staff | 408.535.4934

Born and raised in East San José, Christina Ramos graduated from The National Hispanic University with a bachelors in Liberal Studies where she received the President’s Award in 2006 and went on to study Public Administration at SJSU. Christina has been recognized as part of the 100 Influential Women of Silicon Valley from the San José Business Journal and named one of the 40 Under 40 Latin@s to Watch and Gente Choice Award in Education in the Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Latino Magazine. She formerly worked with the MESA Schools Program at San José State University, supporting educationally and economically disadvantaged students to go to college. She served on various boards and commissions including the Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, and served as commissioner for the City of San José’s Library and Early Education Commission. She continues to serve on various committees and boards to advocate and elevate community.

POLICY AREAS: Communications & Media, Boards & Commissions, Budget, Labor Relations, Women’s Issues
ORG/COMMITTEES: Liaison to all City Departments
NEIGHBORHOODS:  Supports all neighborhoods

David Hai Tran
Senior Council Assistant | 408.535.4932

David is a San José native with robust experience in community and non-profit development. He began his career in 2009 as a Children’s Program & Volunteer Coordinator for LifeMoves after earning his bachelor’s degree from San José State University in Psychology and Behavioral Science.  He spent four years in Washington, DC working first on service learning programs for alternative high school students at Washington Metropolitan High School followed by being the Development and Compliance Coordinator for the NCBFAA Educational Institute.  David is active in the Vietnamese faith community having taught leadership at Our Lady of La Vang and Most Holy Trinity Parish as well as being involved with the Vietnamese LaSallian Youth Troupe.

POLICY AREAS: Land Use, Economic Development & Local Transportation (VTA, High Speed Rail & BART)
ORG/COMMITTEES: San Jose Downtown Association, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, SVO, Community & Economic Development (CED) Committee, Ad-Hoc Committee for Development, Downtown Parking Board (DPB)
NEIGHBORHOODS:  San Jose Downtown Residents Association, Delmas Park, Vendome, Market Almaden, Ryland Mews, AXIS San Jose, The 88, The Globe, The Pierce, 360 Residences, Centerra, City Heights, Park Townsend, Villa Torino, One South Market, St. James Place, Little Italy

Patricia Ceja
Community Relations Coordinator | 408.535.4929

Also native to San José, Patricia earned an Associate’s degree in Sociology from Evergreen Valley College and Bachelor’s from San José State University in Political Science, where she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society as well as a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She worked on economic justice and community events management with Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits.

POLICY AREAS: Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, Cultural Affairs, Arts
ORG/COMMITTEES: Team San Jose, Levitt Pavilion, Hammer Theater Advisory Committee, Friends of Five Wounds Trail, East Santa Clara Business Association
NEIGHBORHOODS: Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrace, Little Portugal North, Roosevelt, South University Neighborhood (SUN), University NAC, Olinder, Naglee Park, Horace Mann, Plato Arroyo

Mindy Nguyen
Council Assistant | 408-535-4933

Mindy received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. Prior to joining District 3, Mindy worked for Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in youth development and for Assemblymember Ash Kalra on topics of housing and economic development. She continues to stay active in the community as a board member for Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers. Mindy is originally from Lawndale, California but has been residing in the Bay Area since graduating. She is excited to serve the City of San José and meeting District 3’s residents.

POLICY AREAS: Housing & Homelessness, Regional Transportation (CalTrain, CalTrans, Airport & Capitol Corridor), Participatory Budgeting, Vietnamese Relations
ORG/COMMITTEES: Airport Commission, ABAG, Capitol Corridor JPA, Japantown Business Association, Japantown Community Congress, Luna Park Business Association
NEIGHBORHOODS:  El Rancho Verde, Orchard Park, Rosemary Gardens, Hyde Park, Julian-St. James Neighborhood (JJNA), Japantown Neighborhood, Hensley Historic, 13th Street NAC, Northside, Mobile Homes (Golden Wheel, South Bay, Riverbend, Garden City & Triangle Trailer)

Lilia Sandoval Guerrero
Council Assistant | 408.535.4928

Born in Mexico and raised in the United States, Lili was three when she immigrated to the United States. She was the first in her family to attend and graduate from a four-year university. She graduated Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Spanish Studies with a pathway in Social Justice and Law. Now as a graduate, she is a member of Santa Clara University’s Chicano/Latino Alumni Association. Lili previously worked with a private immigration attorney and for a non-profit, where she became a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. Her commitment to her community lead her to her current position as Council Assistant. As a District 3 resident, she hopes to be an asset to her community.

POLICY AREAS: Public Safety, Immigration, Environment, Education & Youth
ORG/COMMITTEES: Public Safety, Finance & Strategic Services (PSFSS), Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force (MGPTF), Santa Clara County Human Trafficking Coalition/Prostitution & Prevention Subcommittee
NEIGHBORHOODS: Guadalupe-Washington, Gardner, Goodyear Mastic, Tamien, Spartan Keys, Modern Ice, Madera Horning, Wooster, Anne Darling, McKinley-Bonita, Mobile Homes (Mobile Home Manor, Sunset, Arbor Point, Hilton)

Juan-Carlos “JC” Aguila
Council Aide | 408.535.1231

Juan-Carlos Aguila is a San José native that has been involved with the community since his high school years. JC, as he prefers, volunteered with Sacred Heart Community Center actively from 2009-2012 accumulating over 200 hours. JC attended De Anza College and San José State University (SJSU), graduating with a degree in Sociology with a concentration on Community Change. During his college years, JC explored literature on public service and joined the City under PRNS as a Recreation Lead. JC is currently studying for his Master’s in Public Administration at SJSU, focusing on personnel and organizational management, and policy development.

FOCUS AREAS: Participatory Budgeting (Support), Agenda Services (Ceremonials), Communications * Events Support, General Constituent Relations
ORG/COMMITTEES: Responsible Landlord Engagement Initiative (RLEI)
NEIGHBORHOODS:  Supports all neighborhoods