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D7 Team

Andrés Quintero
Chief of Staff 
 Andres Quintero
A native and lifelong resident of East San José, Andrés attended Mt. Pleasant High School and Evergreen Valley College, transferring to San José State University, where he earned his B.A. in Political Science, and Masters in Public Administration. After extensive experience working in the government at the city, county, state, and federal levels, Andrés became a Political Science professor for several years. He continues to teach at Evergreen Valley College. A dedicated public servant and trusted leader in the community, he has served as President of the Alum Rock School and Chair of the San Jose Airport Commission. Andrés has utilized his breadth of government experience to empower his students and community, and now continues to do so in his role as Chief of Staff. Andrés lives with his wife and their three children in East San José, where their children attend public schools.

Nathaleen Palomino,
Community Relations Manager
  Nathaleen Palomino
Nathaleen brings with her a wealth of community-building experience, including six years as a Neighborhood Clean Up Site Leader with the City of San José. A resident of East San José, she has served as a Program Director with both the Alum Rock and Berryessa School Districts, and wants to dedicate her life to advocating for our underserved communities, and empowering residents in the place she calls home. Nathaleen serves as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth, as well as on the Sharks Foundation Young Professionals Board. In her free time, she provides mentorship on urban farming, and coaches women’s rugby at her alma mater, U.C. Santa Cruz, when she’s not playing herself.  

Mike Medina, Community Relations Manager
 Mike Medina
Ever since he was 10 years old, Mike has known that he wanted to work in government to make a difference in his community. Originally from Riverside County, Mike has called San José home for six years. At San José State, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science, he volunteered his time and talents for numerous Student Supportive Services programs aimed at helping low-income and first generation students succeed in higher education. Mike continues to spend his free time volunteering at immigration clinics to ensure that our immigrant communities have the resources and knowledge they need. 

Adriana Ramirez,
Executive Assistant
 Adriana Ramirez
Adriana has been a lifelong resident of San José. She attended Yerba Buena High School, followed by earning her dental/insurance billing license. For over 15 years, Adriana worked in the dental and medical fields, connecting patients to the services and help they needed. She brings this valuable experience and sense of obligation to help others with her in serving the residents of District 7. Adriana’s roots in the community run deep, as she and husband Javier both grew up in District 7, where they are now raising their two amazing daughters. She is committed to improving our community for all our families, and to showing her daughters that through hard work, each of us can make a difference.

Michael Pearce,
Council Policy & Legislative Aide
 Michael Pearce
A lifelong resident of San José, Michael spent the last several years at San José State University’s Sourisseau Academy, where he worked as an archivist to preserve our local history. As a judicial intern for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Michael organized and indexed the Court Archives. These experiences gave him a deep understanding and appreciation of the city’s rich and vibrant history. A proud graduate of Lincoln High School, Michael spent his summers volunteering at, and later developing programs for, the San José Public Library, where he also served as President of the library’s TeensReach organization. He received his B.A. in American History from Stanford, where he also researched local and regional policy issues.