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The District 9 Team


Shirley Goings - Executive Assistant/Scheduler                 
A lifelong resident of District 9, Shirley is passionate about her community. She handles office administration, scheduling, community outreach grants, constituent services, as well as database management.
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Peter Hamilton - Chief of Staff                                                
Peter Hamilton previously worked for San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco. A native San José resident, he graduated from Brown University in 2006. He is the staff member working on land use, transportation policy, budget issues, Marijuana/Drug issues, and a range of other matters.
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Scott Hughes - Policy Aide                                                       

Scott Hughes was raised in Colorado and moved to California to attend school at Sonoma State University. As a Physical Education major, Scott studied Kinesiology, and outside of the classroom played soccer for the SSU Seawolves. Prior to joining the District 9 team, Scott worked for a political firm in the Silicon Valley, consulting on all types of political campaigns from the local to federal levels.

Scott covers the following committees and commissions: Community and Economy Development Committee, Neighborhood Services & Education Committee, Airport Competitiveness Committee, Airport Commission, Association of Bay Area Government, Downtown Parking Board, SJ/SV Chamber of Commerce, SCC Board of Supervisors, San José Sports Authority, Arena Authority, Baseball Stadium Project, Citizen Corps Council, Veterans and Military, and Parks & Recreation.  
Scott Hughes

Frank Ponciano - Policy Aide                                                    
Frank is a native New Yorker and a San Jose transplant. Working with PACT, Frank organized communities in the East and South of San Jose around housing, immigration and education issues. Above all, Frank is passionate about empowering historically ignored communities to take part in the democratic process. He joined Councilmember Rocha's staff in 2017 to continue activating communities in D9.

Policy Assignments: Housing, Environment and Water. 
Commissions: Neighborhood and Housing. 
Contact Frank Ponciano

Shivani Basnet - Policy Aide                                                    
Shivani has lived in Santa Clara for the past 8 years. She has experience working with Congressman Mike Honda’s re-election campaign as a finance assistant and then with Next Door Solutions to Domestic violence as their Development and Communications Officer. She was responsible for helping the agency raise financial and in-kind funds for survivors and their children. She has a B.A. in political science with a focus in international relations from UC Davis.

Policy Assignments: Animal Control, Public Safety, Social Justice/Human Rights and Libraries.
Commissions: Human Services, Library and Early Child Care and Youth.
Contact Shivani Basnet

Carol Stephenson - Policy Aide                                                 
A South Bay native, Carol has worked in nonprofits in the Santa Clara Valley for over 20 years. After practicing immigration law, Carol received a Masters in Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University so that she could more effectively organize and advocate on immigration issues. Carol's greatest enjoyment working in District 9 is supporting the wonderful efforts of residents who give so much to our neighborhoods. 

Policy Assignments: Seniors, Education, Health and Cultural Affairs.
Commissions: Senior Citizens and Arts.
Contact Carol Stephenson