Teddy joined our staff after his graduation from San José State University. We were lucky enough to have him as a Winter and Spring Intern before he came on as a part-time and now full-time staffer in our office. He has taken on many roles in the office but still finds time to volunteer as a basketball coach along with fellow Policy Aide, Huascar.
Assignments: Department of Transportation, Animal Control, Environment, Public Health, Grants
Neighborhood Areas: Rules Committee, Transportation and Environment Committee
A San José State University (SJSU) Alum, Baltazar double majored in Philosophy and Political Science with a focus in ethics, rhetoric, and political theory, respectively. During his time at SJSU, he led numerous organizations including Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Honor Society) and the Pre-law Society as Vice-President of both. As captain of the debate team, he also led SJSU to Nationals in Washington DC. Also, he participated in Model United Nations of the Far West for several years, sparking his interest in international affairs. Baltazar is a native of East San José, having lived there for over 19 years.
Outside of his passion for social justice and upward mobility, Baltazar enjoys comics, biking, and stand-up comedy. Baltazar believes he would have been a comedian if he were not so bad at jokes.
Assignments: Business, Economic Development, Medical Marijuana, Participatory Budgeting, Arts
Neighborhood Areas: Arts Commission, Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Association, Capital Park Neighborhood Association,
Bruce Huynh is a teacher in our San Jose community. Bruce was born in Vietnam and came to the United States when he was just a teenager. Growing up in the Alum Rock Neighborhood of San Jose´, Bruce’s family experienced poverty, housing burden and the indignities of being immigrants with language barriers. Driven by his circumstances, Bruce worked to support his family while going to school. His first experience with politics was organizing students to participate in the Sacramento protest in 2006 opposing teacher layoffs. Through the years, Bruce has worked with Chinese and Vietnamese immigrant workers fighting against wage theft. He has also supported predominantly Latino childcare workers fighting for decent wages. In his capacity as a high school teacher, Bruce has the privilege to learn from and mentor youth of many walks of life.
Natasha Ghaiy grew up in Campbell/San Jose, graduating from San Jose State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and a minor in Spanish. Throughout her career, she has successfully kept her teams organized, whether it was in factoring and lending, or skin-care and cosmetics. She is excited to start a new career helping District 5 Community and staff.
While learning to speak Spanish and French, she became a world traveler, with a passion for cultures and the international dishes. She resides in Campbell with her fiancée, Matthew and her daughter Navya. She loves the outdoors and enjoys a good adventure with her family going camping, kayaking, hiking, or snowboarding.