Luis Alejo

President

County of Monterey

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Supervisor Luis A. Alejo was elected in June 2016 to represent District 1 on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. His district includes most of the City of Salinas, including the Alisal, parts Central and North Salinas, Chinatown and part of Oldtown Salinas.

Alejo is a proud son of migrant farmworkers and of a Vietnam-era veteran of the United States Army. His family originally came to work in the Salinas, Pajaro, Santa Clara and Central Valleys as migrant farmworkers in the 1950s. His grandparents were one of the early families to join the Farmworker Rights Movement with labor leader Cesar Chavez in 1970 when he first came to Salinas and Watsonville.

Alejo is a former high school teacher who graduated with honors from University of California at Berkeley, receiving dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and Chicano Studies. He continued his education at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.)., and later Harvard University, where he finish academic career in 2003 by obtaining his Masters of Education degree (Ed.M) in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. He then worked as a graduate research assistant for the Harvard Civil Rights Project under Professors Gary Orfield and Patricia Gandara in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After finishing his graduate studies, Alejo began his legal career by championing the rights of working families as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) in Watsonville where he represented farmworkers, immigrants, women, students and other working families. He later worked as a staff attorney the Monterey County Superior Court where he provided free legal assistance to thousands of self-represented litigants in family and civil law, including assisting hundred of victims of domestic violence with obtaining temporary restraining orders.

Alejo would later pursue politics and served as Mayor and Vice-Mayor of his hometown of Watsonville. Alejo was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010 at the age of 36 to represent the 28th Assembly District, which consisted of San Benito, Monterey, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. He became the youngest legislator to represent the Monterey Bay region in Sacramento. In November 2012, he was re-elected to the Assembly as the representative of the newly formed 30th Assembly District.

Alejo rose to serve in top leadership roles at the State Capitol as the Chair of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (ESTM) Committee, the Chair of the powerful California Latino Legislative Caucus and the Vice-Chair of the Assembly Local Government Committee. He also served on the Assembly Budget, Budget Subcommittee #4 (Public Safety), Judiciary, Rules, Governmental Organization, Labor and Employment and Veteran Affairs Committees during his tenure in Sacramento.

Alejo also authored numerous landmark pieces of legislation, including the bill to raise the minimum wage to the highest level in the country (AB10) and to allow immigrants to obtain valid California drivers licenses (AB60). Over the six years in the Assembly, 78 of his bills were signed by Governor Jerry Brown and 18 resolutions were approved by the legislature. As a result of his work, Alejo was ranked “2013 Most Effective Democratic Assemblymember” by the AroundTheCapitol Nooner and was awarded the “2015 Legislator of the Year” by the California League of Cities.

He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the Chair of the County Budget and Legislative Committees and as the County Representative to the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). He also serves on the Health and Human Services, Equal Opportunity, Military and Veterans Affairs, Remote Access Network, Human Resources Committees and as a board director of the Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC), Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) and the Salinas Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SVBGSA). He also serves as co-chair of the Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP) and the Lead Me Home Leadership Council (Homeless Services Coalition), and the President of the Latino Caucus of California Counties.


Alfredo Pedorza

Vice President

County of Napa

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Alfredo Pedroza is a lifelong Napa resident and current District 4 Supervisor. He was appointed to represent the 4th District on the Board of Supervisors by Governor Jerry Brown on December 29, 2014. In 2016, Alfredo won election to the Board. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Alfredo was elected to the Napa City Council in 2012, becoming the youngest and first Latino Council member ever elected.

Professionally, Alfredo has worked in the financial services industry for more than 10 years, having careers with credit unions and community banks. Alfredo’s many years of experience in the financial services industry have helped countless local families and businesses improve their finances and thoughtfully manage and sustain growth. His broad-based community leadership roles encompassing commerce, educational and social service organizations have helped facilitate job growth and economic development, provide aid for local schools, and lend support to individuals and families most in need.

Alfredo is active with service clubs and nonprofit organizations. His passion for public and community service stems from his commitment to working to create a Napa County where his children and future generations of Napa citizens will live, seek jobs, start businesses, and raise their families.

Alfredo is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He and his wife, Brenda, another Napa native, attended local schools, volunteer locally, and recently started a family in Napa. Their son, Alfredo III, was born in July 2015.


Belia Ramos

Treasurer

Napa County

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Belia, who lives in American Canyon, was born in Napa and raised in St. Helena and Pope Valley. She calls all of Napa County home.

Belia is a business owner, professor of law and a community advocate.

Belia attended St. Helena public schools from kindergarten through high school. She graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in 1999 and UC Hastings College of the Law in 2004. Upon her admission to the State Bar of California, Belia worked as a civil litigator and employment counselor, advising Fortune 500 companies on labor and employment policies and procedures.

In 2008, Belia founded Raise The Bar, LLC, a writing company that prepares applicants for the California Bar Exam. She has been a Bar tutor since 2006. Prior to that, she served as a grader for the California Bar Exam. Belia also teaches writing at UC Davis School of Law. In 2012, Governor Brown appointed Belia to the 25th District Agricultural Association, known as the Napa Valley Expo Town and Country Fair.

From 2010-2016, Belia served as a member of the American Canyon City Council, where she focused on transportation, economic development, public art, public safety and community engagement. Her community involvement includes the incorporation and governance of nonprofit organizations, such as Napa Valley Crime Stoppers and others.

Belia resides in American Canyon with her three children.


James Gore

Secretary/Parliamentarian

Sonoma County

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James Gore is a passionate public servant and Sonoma County native.  Born in Healdsburg and raised throughout the 4th District, James is 6th generation Californian whose passions drive towards building a vibrant and resilient future for his community, his neighbors, and his family.

Prior to his election to Supervisor, James Gore served as the Assistant Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service, a Presidential Appointment position where he led nationwide conservation efforts at the intersection of agriculture, business, and the environment. Of personal note, he ardently led efforts to expand services in persistent poverty areas with underserved communities.  This work took him across the country and into some of the most disadvantaged areas of the U.S., including the Colonias along the Mexican Border, the Mississippi Delta region in the deep south, and tribal reservations from Alaska to Florida. 

Whether at the local, regional and statewide level, James leads campaigns to build healthy communities, environments, and economies. 

James graduated from Cal Poly and then served in the United States Peace Corps as an agricultural and natural resources volunteer in Bolivia, South America. Fluent in Spanish and Italian, James and his wife Elizabeth are proudly raising their two children, Opal and Jacob, along the Russian River near Healdsburg. 

James Gore holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s Degree in Political Management from George Washington University

James sits on the Board of Directors for the Pepperwood Preserve, the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, and the Sonoma County Children’s Museum.


James Ramos

Immediate Past President

San Bernardino

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James Ramos, MBA, was elected to and sworn in as Third District Supervisor of San Bernardino County in 2012. In 2015, Supervisor Ramos was unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for two years. From 2005-2012, the Supervisor was a member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, where he served as president and was the first Native American to be elected to the board. In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ramos to the California State Native American Heritage Commission for which currently serves as chairman. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ramos in 2011 to the prestigious State Board of Education becoming the First Native American appointed in the history of California. Ramos is also the immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. 

Ramos was born and raised on the San Manuel Indian Reservation where he and his siblings lived in one of three mobile homes along Victoria Ave. At an early age, he developed a strong work ethic through his various positions at local fast food restaurants such as Jack in the Box and Long John Silvers as well as at the San Bernardino City School District. Ramos is a successful entrepreneur, operating two restaurants in the San Bernardino region. He and his wife of 27 years, Terri are the proud parents of four children. 

Ramos is a proven civic leader and has served on numerous boards and organizations promoting business, economic and social opportunities in the greater San Bernardino area, including the San Bernardino County Museum Association, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation, Foundation Board of Governors, California State University San Bernardino, Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, St. Bernadine Medical Center Foundation, San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, Crafton Hills College Foundation, Arrowhead United Way, and KVCR (Public Television) Foundation for Education. 

Through his work as a civic leader, Ramos received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University (2009), and was awarded the “Keeper of the Light Award” for his distinguished contributions to the Inland Empire education community. He was recognized by the San Bernardino Sun Newspaper as one of ten people “Who Made a Difference in 2000,” and earned the 2002 Diversity Award from California State University San Bernardino. 

Ramos is a past recipient of the Congressional Community Leadership Award (2003) and in December 2010 was recognized by the California League of High Schools for his support of the education community of Region 10. 

Ramos earned his associate’s degree at Victor Valley Community College, his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. 

Mr. Ramos has a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian culture. He is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at California State University, San Bernardino.


 

Regional Members


Ray Castillo

Imperial County

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Raymond “Ray” Castillo is a lifelong resident. Mr. Castillo was elected to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, District 5, in November 2010. In the 5th District, Castillo represents the communities of El Centro, Calexico, Brawley, Holtville, Imperial, Winterhaven and Palo Verde.

Prior to Mr. Castillo’s election on to the Board of Supervisors, he had been elected to the El Centro City Council and subsequently appointed as Mayor in 2003 to 2004. Castillo graduated from CUHS in 1967, IVC in 1973 and SDSU Calexico in 1977. His law enforcement career spans back 34 years, he retired from the California Department of Corrections on July 2004.

Mr. Castillo is married to Gloria, his wife of 45 years, and has five married children and sixteen grandchildren.


Leticia Perez

Kern County

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Leticia Perez is a third-generation Bakersfield resident. She attended local public schools and graduated from Highland High School. Leticia went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree in Law and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before journeying to Indiana to fulfill her dream of obtaining a Juris Doctorate.

Leticia was raised alongside a dozen foster children and comes from a family who have been dedicated to public service for more than forty years in Kern County. Following in her parents' footsteps, Leticia has been active in political and social issues, as well as Philanthropic efforts from the time she could walk. She literally accompanied her parents to Bible College in a carriage—sleeping quietly under a seminary desk while her parents prepared for the ministry.

Leticia returned from Law School in 2006 and chose to work with indigent clients while volunteering her free time on the Boards of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Service Organization, and New Life Recovery Training Center. Her dedication to the practice of law and her service to the community earned her the respect of her peers and their selection of her as the first woman to preside as president of Kern County Bar's Criminal Defense Section.

Leticia was nominated for, and served as Chair of the Kern County Planning Commission. She later became the consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process. Leticia has received numerous awards for her partnership with local businesses, job developers, and community leaders while spearheading some of the county's most innovative economic development and alternative energy development projects.

Leticia was recently elected as the 2nd Vice President of California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and serves as the Chair of the Latino/a Caucus of California Counties. She is also Governor Brown's appointed member of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) and co-chairs the Executive Steering Committee (ESC) overseeing the Prop 47 grant process and program development.

Leticia is a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from the nuances of the California Environmental Quality Act regulations, alternative energy development, socioeconomic policies and procedures affecting the Central Valley, and recipes to the best hard-shell-tacos South of the Kern River. She is a frequent guest on local and valley-wide radio and television. Her political career has been reported on by the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and she has been featured on The Daily Show with John Stewart.

Leticia's mother was a Vietnam-era Army Nurse, and she comes from a family of Veterans. In fact, she married one, and it is because of her marriage to her husband Fernando that Leticia has become an avid proponent of Mental Health support for combat veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD. Most importantly, Leticia is the very proud mother of Jude, her 5-year-old son, and is thrilled that she and Fernando will welcome their second son, "Noah" this summer, into their loving home.


Victor Manuel Perez

Riverside County

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Victor Manuel Perez was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 9, 2017 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, replacing the late John J. Benoit in representing the County’s Fourth District. The Fourth Supervisorial District covers the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County, stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River.

Manuel is grateful for the opportunity to serve in this important position, and looks forward to contributing his experience in local and state government to work on behalf of families and every community in the Fourth District.

Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, the son of immigrant farmworkers, Manuel attended local public schools and graduated from the University of California, Riverside. He taught at a local middle school, and went on to earn a Master of Education degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

He worked as a youth advocate and director of community health and advocacy for Santa Rosa Del Valle-Borrego Health, at Centro Medico Coachella and Centro Medico Oasis. From 2004 to 2008, he served on the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees, where he led the passage of a $250 million bond to construct and renovate schools in the eastern Coachella Valley.

In 2008, Manuel was elected to the California State Assembly, representing eastern Riverside County and Imperial County. Entering office during the great recession, he worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the Governor’s Office to bring forth fiscal management discipline, fiscal accountability, budget review and job creation legislation.

A champion for eastern Riverside County, Manuel had more than 60 pieces of legislation signed into law to help create jobs, jumpstart the local renewable energy industry and make neighborhoods safer. His legislation focused on jobs, economic development, small business, education, health care access, infrastructure, renewable energy, transportation, air quality, environment, public safety, parks, technology, agriculture, water and the Salton Sea.

In the Assembly, Manuel became majority leader and worked closely with the Assembly Speaker on the day-to-day functions of the statehouse. He served as the chairman of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, founding Vice Chair of the Select Committee for the Status of Boys and Men of Color as well as Chair of Stimulus, Economic Recovery and Jobs (SERJ).

After serving three terms in the State Assembly, Manuel continued his public service with election to the Coachella City Council. Prior to his appointment to county supervisor, he was chief government and public affairs officer for Borrego Health, a federally qualified health center serving the under-served in San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. 

Manuel resides in Coachella with Gladis, his wife of 20 years. They have two sons, Ruben and Alejandro, who attend UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara, respectively.


Ed Valenzuela

Siskiyou County

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Now serving his second term as District 2 Supervisor, Ed Valenzuela looks forward to the new challenges ahead during his next term. Being fiscally responsible, keeping vital services as well as supporting economic development are his primary goals. Ed was born and raised in the Bay Area; he is the oldest of four sons. While working for AT&T he secured a transfer to the beautiful city of Mt. Shasta and moved his family from Fortuna in 1998. Married to his wife Barbara for 25 years; they have a son Kevin, a graduate of Chico State University and a daughter, Elaina who is a senior at Chico State as well. He was elected to Mt. Shasta City Council in 2000 and served eight years as City Councilman. In 2010 Ed retired from AT&T after 32 years of service. Dedicated to his job as County Supervisor, he focuses on listening to his constituents; fact gathering from all parties involved, and keeping an open mind while making decisions that are in the best interest of Siskiyou County.


Richard Valle

Alameda County

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Richard Valle has served as the Supervisor of District 2 since June 11, 2012. He was elected in November 2012 and has focused on collectively working with the community to identify solutions to long standing issues that impact our communities. Particularly focusing on youth development, employment and training, and delivering improved social services. Through initiatives like Science in the Park which makes science and health living fun for youth, increasing contracting opportunities for local District Two businesses, and stabilizing St. Rose Hospital Supervisor Valle is working to achieve the quality of life we strive for in our communities.

Supervisor Valle served as a Union City Councilmember for 13 years from 1997 to 2010. During that time, he introduced and chaired a number of significant ordinances and tax measures such as the Affordable Housing Ordinance, Measure AA for municipal services, Measure UU for Public Safety and Measure B for New Haven Schools.

Supervisor Valle's dedication and commitment to District 2 is evident in his years of service and involvement in youth employment, community betterment, and healthcare. He is the Founder and President of Tri-CED Community Recycling, California's largest non-profit recycling company that employs at-risk youth and provides union jobs (Tri-CED is affiliated with Teamsters Local 70) for local residents. In addition to its recycling collection services in the City of Union City and the City of Hayward, Tri-CED also makes contributions to the community in the form of grants to other non-profit groups that enrich the community with education, arts, and culture.

For his innovative approach to helping at-risk youth and his dedication to his community, Richard received the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and the Chabot College Gladiator Award. For his years of success in creating stable union jobs, Teamsters Union Local 70 recognized Supervisor Valle as one of the "Outstanding Employers" in the recycling and solid waste industry.

Supervisor Valle is also involved in the following organizations:

·         Trustee on the Teamsters Health & Welfare Fund (also known as East Bay Drayage)

·         Founding member of Centro de Servicios, the oldest Hispanic social service agency in Southern Alameda County

·         Founding member of Materials for the Future Foundation at the Presidio

·         First President, Union City Police Activities League

·         Founder of Union City and Hayward's Science in the Park Festival

·         Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7906

Supervisor Valle is a Vietnam Veteran. After his service with the U.S. Army in 1970, he pursued his education and graduated Chabot College with an Associate in Arts degree and a Bachelor in Arts degree in Sociology and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, East Bay.

Supervisor Valle is a dedicated husband and father, a Union City resident, and a professional and successful businessman who is committed to his work, social justice and community and economic development.


Richard Valle

Kings County

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My Name is Richard Valle. I was born in Corcoran, California. I attended Fremont Elementary School, John Muir Middle School and graduated Corcoran High School in 1988.

In May of 1990 I raised my right hand as I was sworn in to the United States Marine Corps. I served proudly for 6 years. I served as a Private, Lance Corporal and finally as Sergeant. I was stationed in El Toro-Irvine, Miramar-San Diego, and in Iwankuni Japan.

I am proud to be a Veteran. It taught me a lot about life.

After being honorably discharged, I returned to Corcoran and was hired by the Santa Rosa Rancheria. After 4 years of working as an Audit Inspector in their casino, I decided to attend San Joaquin Valley College. After completing my degree in Human Resource Administration, I decided to remain in the Valley and in February of 2003, I was hired as a Field Representative for Assemblywoman Nicole Parra.

During those 6 years of service, I worked with leadership as well as community members of the 30th Assembly District, which is made up of portions of Fresno County, Tulare County, Kern County and all of Kings County.

My passion for public service led me to pursue a seat on the Kings County Board of Supervisors. On November 4, 2008 the voters gave me the honor to represent them in District 2. I am proud to represent Avenal, Corcoran, Home Garden & Kettleman City and be of service to those hard working taxpayers.


Andy Vasquez

Yuba County

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Andy Vasquez Jr. was appointed Supervisor for District One on April 14, 2009, by Governor Schwarzenegger. Andy has owned and operated his equipment repair business since 1984 and served as a Yuba County Reserve Deputy Sheriff from 2004 to April 2009. Andy served seven years in the Marine Corps and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). 

Andy and his wife Jeannie have been residents of District One since 2005 and were previous residents of Sutter County for five years. They have four children and five grandchildren.


John Vasquez

Solano County

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Supervisor John M. Vasquez was elected to serve as Supervisor for the 4th District in November 2002.  The district he represents covers the cities of Vacaville and Dixon and the Northern part of Solano containing some of the riches farmland in the State.

John graduated from Vacaville High School.  As a youth, he worked on the family farm.  John gained much of his practical knowledge through real-life experiences; learning from his peers as a retail clerk, as a laborer on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, as a business owner and from fellow community leaders.  In addition, John served with the California and Alaska Army National Guard from 1970 to 1976.

John has spent his lifetime as a community servant, both publicly and privately, serving as the youngest Vacaville City Councilman, as Administrative Assistant to former Supervisor Bill Carroll and as Trustee of the Vacaville/Elmira Cemetery District for 17 years.  In his thirteen years on the Board of Supervisors John has been selected by his fellow board members to serve as the chair three times.

Of major importance to John is the preservation of agriculture, water, public safety, transportation, veterans, seniors, economic development and the impact of poverty throughout Solano County.  John’s actions have demonstrated that a prudent, effective fiscally responsible county government can continue to invest in its future.

John is married to the former Shelli Huffman and is the father of three daughters and one son.  Shelli and John are the grandparents to three grandchildren.  John has been a regional, state and national elected leader on the issue of childhood obesity and agrees with this quote from the Great Depression - “The future strength of our nation is dependent upon the health of our children”.


John Zaragoza

Ventura County

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Supervisor John C. Zaragoza has a long history of distinguished public service. John Zaragoza was elected into the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in November 2008. Prior to being elected Supervisor for the Fifth District, Zaragoza served on the Oxnard City Council from 1996 to 2008. Four of those twelve years he served as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Being part of the Board of Supervisors, John Zaragoza has been serving on the following Boards and Commissions representing the County of Ventura.

·         Camarillo and Oxnard Airport Authority

·         Gold Coast Transit (GCT)

·         Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC)

·         United Way of Ventura County

·         Emergency Planning Council (EPC)

·         Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century (RDP21)

·         Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON)

·         Association of Water Agencies (AWA)

·         Air Pollution Control District (APCB)

·         Behavioral Health Advisory Board (BHAB)

·         Ventura Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo)

·         Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC)

·         California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

·         Alternate for both Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA) and Ventura County Council of Governments (VCOG)

·         Other Boards and Commissions required

ing partnerships and collaborating with other agencies and private industry, Supervisor Zaragoza has been able to accomplish many things that have benefitted the community.


John Arriaga

Executive Director

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John Arriaga has been the Executive Director for the League of California Cities-Latino Caucus since its inception. In addition to his work with the Latino Caucus, John E. Arriaga is the President of JEA & Associates founded in 1990. His firm provides full-time government relations, advocacy, public affairs and association management services to a broad-range of clients in both the public and private sectors. Through his various business dealings with clients, Arriaga has developed a dependable network of prominent officials and decision-makers who operate at the federal, state and local levels, all of whom are committed to policies that reflect inclusiveness and diversity.

Arriaga has participated as an active member with the Californians for Better Transportation, the California Railroad Association, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Public Affairs Council, the Institute of Government Advocates, the University of California-Santa Cruz Alumni Association, the California Railroad Museum, the League of California Cities, and the California State Association of Counties.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz, completed a Master of Arts program in public administration at San Jose State University, and has a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco.