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200 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Ph: (408) 535-4903

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Christina Ramos
Chief of Staff
P: 408.535.4934

Christina Ramos was born and raised in East San Jose. She is a graduate of The National Hispanic University in Liberal Studies where she received the President’s Award in 2006 and went on to study Public Administration at SJSU.  For the past 10 years she has worked with the MESA Schools Program at San Jose State University, supporting educationally and economically disadvantaged students to go to college and major in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. She has commitment to community by serving as Commissioner of the Santa Clara County’s Commission on the Status of Women, board member and President of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, Governing Board Member of the San Jose Cal-SOAP Consortium, Committee member of the Alum Rock School District’s Measure G and J Bond Oversight Committee, and former commissioner for the City of San Jose’s Library and Early Education Commission.

She has been recognized as 100 Influential Women of Silicon Valley from the San Jose 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.

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Heidi Sickler
Council Policy & Legislative Analyst
P: 408.535.4928

Heidi grew up in Southern California and has a deep understanding of the issues that matter most to Californians, including safe streets, K-12 education and affordable housing. She worked for more than a decade on Capitol Hill, serving U.S. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN), and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), and in the City of Los Angeles, supporting Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. A native Spanish speaker, Heidi taught Spanish language in classrooms across Los Angeles. In 2010, Heidi won both the Livable Streets Government Worker of the Year Award and the American Planning Association Hard Won Victory Award, both for efforts to improve transportation in Los Angeles. Heidi holds an M.Ed. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Carleton College.
Patricia Ceja
Patricia Ceja

Community Relations Coordinator
P: 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. Most recently, she worked on economic justice and community events management with Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits.  

Angel Martinez

Community Relations Aide
P: 408.535.4931
Born and raised in San Jose, Angel Martinez graduated from UC Davis with a bachelors in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Public Policy. His previous experiences include working for the Public Interest Research Group as a Community Outreach Director in Sacramento, Senior Campaign Coordinator on the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument campaign, and most recent, as a Community Organizer for Innovate Public Schools, a bay area non-profit. Angel is fluent in both English and Spanish, and brings more than 7 years of experience working with local communities.  
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David Hai Tran
Council Aide
P: 408-535-4932

David is a San José native with over six years of non-profit development experience. Most recently, he was the Development & Compliance Coordinator for the NCBFAA Educational Institute in Washington, DC, whereas he began his career as a Children's Program & Volunteer Coordinator for LifeMoves. He earned his Bachelor degree from San José State University in Psychology and Behavioral Science. David is also a former leadership teacher for the Vietnamese Catechetical Ministry at Our Lady of La Vang Parish and a member of the Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe.

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Gabriela Soto-Galvan
Council Aide
P: 408-535-4933

Gabriela was born and raised in San José. She comes from a large Mexican-American family, having five brothers and one sister and is the first in her family to graduate from college. She began her academic journey at Mission College and soon after transferred to San José State University and received a BA in Political Science. At both Mission College and SJSU, Gabriela was a scholarship recipient and a Dean Scholar. Aside from academics, Gabriela assisted in data gathering for the Nuestro Futuro Initiative, interned for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, and coordinated the "Housing 2.0" conference for the San José Housing Department. Gabriela enjoys coffee, food, music, and spending time with her little brother. As a D3 resident, Gabriela looks forward to serving District 3 as a council aide.

Norma Gutierrez
Norma Gutierrez

Executive Assistant
P: 408.535.4927

Norma began her career with the City of San José in 1989 as an Account Clerk with the Department of General Services.  She later joined the Mayor's Office serving for Mayors Susan Hammer, Ron Gonzalez, and Chuck Reed.  

Norma currently serves as the administrative backbone to the office of Councilmember Raul Peralez.  Her duties include office support, constituent services, scheduling, and most importantly, assisting the families and communities of District 3.  Norma is bilingual in English and Spanish.

To view or print an organizational chart for the District 3 Council Office, click here.