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 Frances Headshot  Frances Hérbert - Chief of Staff
 
Frances Hérbert is no stranger to City Hall or public service.  She began her service at 14 volunteering for Forrest Williams in his first successful bid for San Jose City Council.  She began her career as the community relations manager for Councilmember Forrest Williams of District 2 in San Jose.

She has comprehensive experience in public relations and government administration.  Frances has been heavily engaged in critical public policy implementation as well as the staffing of key legislative members.

Frances moved to the office of then-Assemblymember Jim Beall where she managed aging disability, housing, land use and transportation policy for Assemblymember Beall. Frances followed Jim Beall into the Senate where she was the Senior Field Representative for three years representing Santa Clara County. Frances has worked for fifteen years with elected officials; most recently as the Chief of Staff for all five of the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors.

She has a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communication and a Master's in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She resides in San Jose with her husband Christopher, son Kai and a feisty Boston Terrier, Harvey Birdman. She looks forward to continuing the work at City Hall, District 5, and for the great city of San Jose.

Policy Areas: Policy Director, Budget, Agenda Management Sister Cities, City Staff Liaison, Media Relations, Technology Issues, Emergency Management

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Sabrina Parra-Garcia - Policy Aide 

After receiving her Bachelors in Economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Sabrina initially came to the West Coast to work on a state environmental campaign doing outreach to Latinos. She moved back East to continue her environmental work at two different non-profits on issues such as climate change and diversity in the environmental movement before coming to Santa Clara County in 2009. She built on her non-profit experiences working with People Acting in Community Together and Unite Here on education, public safety, immigration reform, hospitality expansion and City planning. She most recently worked as the San Jose and Latino Vote Director for Ro Khanna in his run for Congress.


In her spare time, Sabrina likes to dance salsa, swing, and blues, all of which she used to teach. She also enjoys reading, hiking, movies, karaoke, and spending time with her friends at some of the many amazing restaurants in San José and Santa Clara County.

Policy Areas: Immigration, VTA, Development, Wage Theft, Airport, Website, Newsletter, Scheduling, Human Trafficking, Women's Issues

AssignmentsTraffic Saftey Community Network, SIREN, Transportation Committee, DVC Committee, Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Congestion Management Program and Planning


(408) 535-4946; S

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Omar Torres - Community Relations Coordinator

Omar joined us after concluding his time as Executive Director of the Santa Maria Urban Ministry, a food pantry that helps eradicate poverty in our low-income communities.

Raised in the Washington Neighborhood of San José, he grew up seeing difficult challenges within his community such as poverty, lack of education, gangs, drugs, and other issues. He began his community organizing career at 14 year old when he joined with his neighbors to bring the Brenda Lopez Memorial Plaza, Washington United Youth Center, and Biblioteca Latinoamericana to the Washington Neighborhood.  As the Washington Neighborhood Association President, he was instrumental in erecting new traffic lights in the Washington School area. Later he organized in the King-Ocala, West Evergreen, and Five Wounds/Brookwood Terrance communities as a Community Activity Worker for the City of San José's former Strong Neighborhoods Initiative

He also worked as the East San José Weed & Seed Site Coordinator, aggressively assisting the San José Police Department to "weed out" gangs, drug use, and drug trafficking in targeted hotspot neighborhoods and to "seed in" social and economic revitalization efforts.

He will continue to recruit community residents so they can empower themselves to solve problems in their neighborhoods & organizing around issues like immigration, poverty and other social justice issues in his role as 
our District 5 East San José Community Outreach Coordinator.

He is here to listen to our community concerns and suggestions.

Omar graduated from San José State University in May of 2011 with a major in Political Science and minor in Public Administration. In his spare time, Omar enjoys running and spending time with his family.

Policy assignments: Parks Recreation and Neighborhood Services, Community Outreach, Public Safety, Youth Outreach, Commendations, Event Management, LGBT Outreach, Boards and Commisions

Neighborhood Areas: Cassell, LUNA, Mount Pleasant, Park Pleasant, St. John Vianny, Arbuckle Neighborhood Association, Warner Heights Neighborhood Association

(408) 535-4943;  

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 Huascar Castro - Policy Aide

Huascar grew up in San José and is a recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also interned with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

During his off time, Huascar is an avid sports fan, and is either watching basketball or playing basketball with his close friends. Huascar also loves the summertime because barbecue and pool parties are his definition of a good time.

Assignments: Planning & Code Enforcement, Public Works, Permitting, Housing, Homelessness

Neighborhood Areas: Cassell, Plata Arroyo, Hillview

(408) 535-3841;  


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Teddy Adera - Policy Aide

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, Dobern Neighborhood Association, Los Suenos HOA, Hillview Neighborhood Association

(408) 535-4944;  

   Baltazar Lopez - Policy Aide

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. In addition, 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 Heighborhood Association, Capital Park Neighborhood Association,

(408) 535-4947;  

Sabrina Parra-Garcia - Interim Chief of Staff
After receiving her Bachelors in Economics from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, Sabrina initially came to the West Coast to work on a state environmental campaign doing outreach to Latinos. She moved back East to continue her environmental work at two different non-profits on issues such as climate change and diversity in the environmental movement before coming to Santa Clara County in 2009. She built on her non-profit experiences working with People Acting in Community Together and Unite Here on education, public safety, immigration reform, hospitality expansion and City planning. She most recently worked as the San Jose and Latino Vote Director for Ro Khanna in his run for Congress.

In her spare time, Sabrina likes to dance salsa, swing, and blues, all of which she used to teach. She also enjoys reading, hiking, movies, karaoke, and spending time with her friends at some of the many amazing restaurants in San Jose and Santa Clara County.

Policy assignments: Immigration, VTA, Development

(408) 535-4946; S

Sabrina Parra-Garcia - Interim Chief of Staff
Finally, I want to introduce Frances Hérbert as my Chief of Staff. She is no stranger to City Hall or to public service. Frances Hérbert began her love of policy at the age of 14, volunteering for Forrest Williams in his first successful bid for San José City Council. She began her career as the Community Relations Manager for Councilmember Forrest Williams, representing District 2 in San José. 

She has comprehensive experience in public relations and government administration. Frances has been heavily engaged in critical public policy implementation as well as the staffing of key legislative matters.

Frances moved to the office of then-Assemblymember Jim Beall where she managed aging, disability, housing, land use and transportation policy for Assemblymember Beall. Frances followed Jim Beall into the Senate where she was the Senior Field Representative for three years representing Santa Clara County. Frances has worked 15 years in an elected official's office. Most recently she served as the Chief of Staff for all five of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. 

She has a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communication and a Master's in Public Administration from San José State University. She resides in San José with her husband Christopher, son Kai and a feisty Boston Terrier, Harvey Birdman. She looks forward to continuing the work at City Hall, District 5, and for the great City of San José. If you would like to reach out to her, you can send her an email or call my office.
Finally, I want to introduce Frances Hérbert as my Chief of Staff. She is no stranger to City Hall or to public service. Frances Hérbert began her love of policy at the age of 14, volunteering for Forrest Williams in his first successful bid for San José City Council. She began her career as the Community Relations Manager for Councilmember Forrest Williams, representing District 2 in San José. 

She has comprehensive experience in public relations and government administration. Frances has been heavily engaged in critical public policy implementation as well as the staffing of key legislative matters.

Frances moved to the office of then-Assemblymember Jim Beall where she managed aging, disability, housing, land use and transportation policy for Assemblymember Beall. Frances followed Jim Beall into the Senate where she was the Senior Field Representative for three years representing Santa Clara County. Frances has worked 15 years in an elected official's office. Most recently she served as the Chief of Staff for all five of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. 

She has a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communication and a Master's in Public Administration from San José State University. She resides in San José with her husband Christopher, son Kai and a feisty Boston Terrier, Harvey Birdman. She looks forward to continuing the work at City Hall, District 5, and for the great City of San José. If you would like to reach out to her, you can send her an email or call my office.