Our Staff & Advisory Board
Diverse, local leaders with a positive vision for Silicon Valley
Alex was raised in Silicon Valley and came home after a dozen years away. He’s on San Jose's Housing & Community Development Commission and the Advisory Board of the Silicon Valley chapter of New Leaders Council.
Most recently at the communications and public engagement consulting firm Katz & Associates, Alex worked with the Valley Transportation Authority on the extension of BART into Silicon Valley. He has also been a policy aide for a Santa Clara County Supervisor and a Director of Government Affairs for a Bay Area nonprofit organization.
Alex studied Political Science and African American Studies while earning a BA from Vanderbilt University and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Alex lives off The Alameda in San Jose and is active in his neighborhood, founding efforts to bring a farmer's market back to his community & to name a street after President Obama.
Michael has called San Jose home for over 5 years after living across the US: originally in Northern Virginia, and also in Austin, Atlanta (twice), and Los Angeles. He embraced the nuanced cultures and appreciates the unique challenges faced by individuals & groups in each locale. Michael is a strong believer that walking, biking, & public transit enable a healthier community and environment; and that smart, citizen-led development can achieve this reality in an equitable and sustainable manner. Michael is a Manager in PwC Advisory’s ‘Customer Strategy & Operations’ practice, where he advises global technology companies on sales and go-to-market strategy, business case development, pricing structure, new business models, and lead-to-cash transformations. He holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia.
Steve is a A 3rd generation resident of the Bay Area, Steve was raised in Fremont before moving to San Jose in 2004. Spending his early years living on his family’s walnut and apricot orchard, he witnessed firsthand the impact of urban expansion on agricultural land. This experience shaped his view on the importance of approaching development through engagement to enable a better understanding of communities’ needs and aspirations. Steve has a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. He has worked in a wide range of industries from banking and consumer finance to educational and collaboration solutions. Steve currently is the Director for North America for Re Mago Ltd., a meetings and collaboration solutions company headquartered in the UK.
Gavin is a recent graduate of the Masters in Urban Planning program at San Jose State University & manages our Project Advocacy Committee.
Before attending San Jose State University, Gavin launched and managed the operation for the regional bike share program, where he helped provide a sustainable transportation alternative for residents of San Jose, San Francisco, and East Bay cities. Before moving to the Bay Area, he worked on transportation and urban development issues in China and served as an Engineering Sergeant with the United States Air Force.
Gavin also holds an AS in Construction Technology, BA in Business, MPA in International Development, and Certificate in Real Estate Development. Gavin enjoys hiking with his young son and exploring new neighborhoods through local restaurants.
Daniel is from San Jose and currently works as Assistant County Counsel for the County of Santa Cruz. Daniel’s father is from Mexico and grew up as a migrant farmworker in California; his mother was raised in Los Angeles and traces her American lineage back to the 1600s. Daniel earned an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in Latin American/U.S. relations and spent 4 years as a high school teacher before attending law school at Santa Clara University. Thereafter, he worked for the Obama Administration at the Department of Energy & the Office of the White House Counsel before moving back to San Jose to be close to family & work in local government. Daniel has lived in Mexico, Argentina, & Brazil and has a passion for sustainable, equitable, & transit-oriented development. Daniel also serves as the Vice-Chair for San Jose’s Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission, co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, & on the Executive Board of La Raza Lawyers Association of Santa Clara County.
Marisol started her career in tech 19 years ago in Silicon Valley, with direct program / project management experience over the last 15 years. Her experience spans both technology companies & non-profit work. She currently work at Oracle as a Program Manager for Corporate Security Architecture.
Marisol has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Arizona & a Master’s Degree in Urban & Regional Planning/Community & Economic Development from San Jose State University. She lives in San Jose with her husband & 2 young boys. Marisol is passionate about hiking, accomplishing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2016.