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D7 Team

Andrés Quintero
Chief of Staff 
 Andrés 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.

H.G. Nguyen,
Community Relations Director
  H.G. Nguyen
H.G. brings with her a diverse array of experiences working with the community in San José. She worked with the San José Redevelopment Agency to beautify the East Santa Clara Street corridor, which now houses San José City Hall. She has also served as a Senior Consultant for California State Assembly District 23. Her responsibilities included bringing vital services and programs to the community. H.G. has also worked in the nonprofit sector as the Chief Administrative Officer of the San José Development Corporation, where she developed a corporate training program, supervised business trainers, and advised prospective entrepreneurs. In addition, she co-founded the Vietnamese-American Chamber of Commerce of Santa Clara Valley, and she has co-hosted and produced a popular radio program, “San José Co´ Gi` La?” (“What’s Happening in San José?) since 1997, catering to the Vietnamese-American community in the South Bay. In 1997, H.G. was named “Santa Clara Valley Businesswoman of the Year” by Mayor Susan Hammer.

George Sanchez, Community Relations Director
 George Sanchez
George has lived in District 7 for over forty years, and brings with him a wealth of experience in educational leadership in our community. A former teacher, student advisor, student services administrator, and high school principal in the East Side Union School District, George has served on the School Board for the Franklin-McKinley School District for the past twenty-five years, including five terms as President. He is also a member of the Delegate Assembly for the California School Board Association, and was named Administrator of the Year in Student Services by the Association of California School Administrators. George’s son, Steven, teaches in the Phoenix Program at Santa Teresa High School, continuing the family tradition of educational commitment and service to the community.

Queta Herrera,
Executive Assistant
 Queta Herrera
Queta’s two decades of experience in local government includes six years as Community Liaison for District 7 at the City Council, as well as fourteen years as a scheduler for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 2, a position she held for three different Supervisors. This experience has given her a deep familiarity with connecting constituents to the services and help they need. A lifelong resident of San José’s East Side, and a resident of District 7 for nearly a decade, Queta and husband Joel now live in District 5. Her greatest pride is that no matter where she goes in the city, there will be people who know she is the person ask for assistance in getting things done.

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.