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Mary Anne Groen - grew up in an Air Force family flying in small planes with her pilot father at an early age. She is the proud mother of two Eagle Scout sons, a dancing daughter and has been married to her husband for over 20 years. Mary Anne plays violin in the South Valley Symphony as well as skis, hikes, camps and enjoys photography and traveling. As a freelance writer, Mary Anne was a regular contributor to Main Street Media publications and Sea Magazine. As Chief of Staff, Mary Anne manages the day-to-day operations of the District 8 office while assisting Vice Mayor Herrera with policy and land use issues, media relations, social media management, economic development, and budgets.

   
Shelley Opsal - is a native of San José. Prior to coming to work for the City, she was employed with a San Jose Law firm for 10 years. She enjoys Sharks Hockey, Cinequest, and spending time with friends and family. As Executive Administrative Assistant/Scheduler, Shelley is responsible for Vice Mayor Herrera’s scheduling, office administration, travel, correspondence, grants, constituent services and special projects.
   
Jennifer Navarro - is a graduate of San José State University with a major in Political Science. She is passionate about public service and enjoys working to better service the residents of District 8. Jennifer is happily married with two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and catching a sports game on TV. As a Deputy Chief of Staff, Jennifer is responsible for a range of policy issues focusing on public safety, women's issues, youth and education. She works with the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force and is the office liaison to the District 8 schools, nonprofits, San José Police Department and the San José Fire Department. 
   
Rose Dhaliwal - is a graduate of Santa Clara University with
a major in Psychology. As former Vice-Chair of the San Jose Youth Commission, she continues to be passionate about advocating for civic engagement and discussing issues surrounding social justice. In her spare time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling, and dancing.  


As a Council Assistant, Rose is responsible for a range of policy issues focusing on parks, health, neighborhood clean-ups, environment, and historic landmarks. She is the office liaison for the Youth Commission, Human Rights Commission, Neighborhood Commission, Parks and Recreation, and the Library. Rose is the lead staff member for annual community events such as the Great American Litter Pick Up, the Senior Health Fair and Walk and Day in the Park. Rose is also the lead staff member for the newsletter and website.


Austin McComb - is a graduate of San José State University with a major in the Humanities. While attending the Humanities Honors program, he hosted a KSJS subversive rock show and spent a summer as a recreation leader for San José Family Camp at Yosemite. Austin is happy to bring his expertise to the District 8 staff and will serve the constituents to the best of his ability. Away from work, he enjoys frequenting various downtoan locales with those close to him, reading, and writing. Go Sharks!
As a Council Assistant, Austin is responsible for an array of policy and neighborhood issues, namely transportation. This encompasses the Valley Transportation Authority and related committees, the City's Transportation & Environment Committee, and the Department of Transportation. Additional policy areas include Mineta San José International Airport, Sunshine reforms, Department of Housing, Rules and Open Government Committee, Appeals Hearing Board, and San José Municipal Water System. 
   
Louella Sevegan- was born and raised in the Philippines, where she attended Far Eastern University and finished her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with flying colors! She moved to San José in 2012. She enjoys doing outdoor
activities like hiking, running, and exploring nature. Louella
is also interested in the study of indigenous people and child and senior care rights. Before joining the District 8 team, Louella worked for District 4 as a Council Assistant. During her spare time, Louella loves to explore the City to try new boba places. 
 As a Council Assistant, Louella will be focusing on several commissions, including those relating to Animals, the Arts, Child Care, and Human Rights & Disability. She works closely with community centers, veteran and military organizations, neighborhood associations, and faith-based groups. These community groups include TOCKNA, Association of Meadowfair, The Villages, and La Raza Roundtable.