District 3 Team

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Welcome to your District 3 Team - Please contact us anytime. 

The District 3 Office main phone line is (408) 299-5030. For general issues, you may email the office at [email protected] - thank you.
 
WENDY HO, MPA - Chief of Staff
Email: [email protected]

Wendy Ho is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on public policy at the local, state, and federal level.

Prior to joining the D3 office, the majority of Wendy’s career was in the nonprofit sector, serving most recently as the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Her experience also includes policy roles with United Way Silicon Valley, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and U.S. Congress.

Wendy has served her community on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees since 2012. She earned her MPA from Indiana University, and BA Political Science & BA Japanese Studies from UC San Diego.
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MARK TIERNAN, JD - Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications/Community Outreach
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (408) 299-6082

A Santa Clara County native, Mark has been an active member of our community his entire life. Prior to joining the D3 office, Mark served as Campaign Manager for the 2020 campaign. His leadership of a diverse team of staff and volunteers was integral to the team’s success. 

Mark’s service to Milpitas extends back decades. He served two terms as President of the Milpitas Rotary Club, and two terms as President of the Milpitas Historical Society. Mark also is a former Chair of the Milpitas Planning commission. 

Mark and Carolyn, his wife, live in Milpitas with their two dogs and two cats, and love spending time with their seven grandchildren. He received his B.A. from the University of California- Berkeley and a J.D. from Lincoln Law. 
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MICHELLE PELAYO-OSORIO, MPA - Deputy Chief of Staff, Policy
Email: [email protected]

Michelle has devoted her career to public service and community-building, born and raised in San Jose. She has been a champion of equity, opportunity and justice for immigrant families, youth, and women. Prior to joining the D3 office, Michelle worked for Campbell Union School District.

She has served as former Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, District 3. Combined with her experience at the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy, and a former Commissioner to the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She also has made major contributions through her work with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and currently serves on the California LULAC State Executive Board as Deputy Director for Women. Michelle received her BA, from National Hispanic University/SJSU and her MPA, from National University.

Michelle presently leads Supervisor Otto Lee’s policy team and supports Supervisor Lee in developing strategic partnerships with community leaders and implementation of policies, and goals serving communities in District 3 and throughout Santa Clara County.
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ELICA RAHDAR, PhD - Policy Aide
Email: [email protected]

Elica joins Supervisor Lee’s office after spending many years in academia. Elica earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas examining the developmental origins and outcomes of social aggression, Borderline Personality Disorder, and how adolescents’ digital communication relates to adjustment. After completing her PhD, Elica did her postdoctoral work in Developmental Neuroscience at the University of California Los Angeles, where the focus of her research was on characterizing the neural mechanisms underlying adolescent behavior with the intent of informing policy. 

Additionally, Elica is a former Organizing for Action fellow, and fellows manager, and a 2019 Emerge California alum, where she was elected class Vice President. She lives in San José and enjoys spending time with her niece.
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SANDY RUNYAN - Board Aide and Special Assistant
Email: [email protected]

After graduating from Occidental College, Sandy's career began in Southern California organizing communities to advocate for the LBGTQ+ community in support of positive legislative and legal outcomes, and then to Sacramento managing statewide media campaigns. Sandy then earned a Governor’s Appointee, first with the Governor’s Office, and then in the California Department of Transportation.

Sandy is a volunteer at the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center as a Board Member and Advocacy Coordinator. She is also active with local sporting organizations and enjoys the beautiful natural environment that makes Santa Clara County and the whole of Norther Californian such an extraordinary place to call home.
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KEVIN LEE - Policy Aide
Email:  [email protected]

Kevin is a familiar advocate and member of the District 3 Team, who has years of experience working on public policy on behalf our community. Prior to joining Supervisor Lee’s office, Kevin was a policy aide with Supervisor Lee’s predecessor, then-Supervisor and now California State Senator Dave Cortese. Kevin has strong relationship across the County and with the families of District 3.

Prior joining the D3 Team, he was with the Santa Clara County’s Office of Immigrant Relations and also served as a New Americans Fellow within Santa Clara County District 2 Supervisor Chavez’s office. He has also assisted with the first ever research on how DACA-eligible Asian and Pacific Islanders interact with health care in the Bay Area from the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Los Angeles. Kevin holds a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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MARIO B. LOPEZ - Policy Aide
Email:  [email protected]

Mario is a social policy innovator and community strategist. He serves as the D3 Team lead on criminal justice reform focused on re-envisioning the County’s custodial facilities and rehabilitative efforts through a restorative justice lens. Throughout his career, Mario has leveraged a racial equity framework to design and improve programs, policies, and practices. He was instrumental in shaping the County’s immigrant integration efforts by helping secure over $1.4 million to establish the New Americans Fellowship, the Notario Fraud Unit, the Immigrant Programs Task Force, and an emergency fund to assist eligible immigrant youth and young adults apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, among other initiatives.

Before joining the D3 Team, Mario worked with [email protected], and previously served as a Policy Aide to former Supervisors Dave Cortese and Ken Yeager.

Mario, a DACA beneficiary himself, is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. At the age of 5, he migrated to the United States establishing roots in Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and its Goldman School of Public Policy. On weekends, he enjoys hiking with his 8-year-old cockapoo, Simba.
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DANIEL CAO - Policy Aide
Email:  [email protected]

Born and raised in Santa Clara County, Daniel covers policy areas health care, social services, education, and more. Prior to this role, he was a mental health program specialist for School Linked Services and allcove in the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department, a San José State University adjunct faculty member teaching epidemiology in the Public Health and Recreation Department, and an equipment intern for the San Francisco 49ers. 

Daniel earned his Master’s in Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Bachelor’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. He served as a defensive student assistant and student equipment manager on the California Golden Bears football team. He enjoys running, weightlifting, and playing basketball in his free time.

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HUY TRAN, Policy Aide and Special Assistant
Email:  [email protected]

Huy is a longtime community advocate, serving on the boards of various non-profit organizations and community-based organizations that mobilize for the rights of immigrants and people of color. He is also a partner with Justice at Work Law Group, a law firm focused on worker's rights and social justice.  In that capacity, he is also part of the Wage Theft Coalition which has enacted wage theft policies in Santa Clara County, Santa Clara Unified School District, and the cities of Milpitas, Sunnyvale, and San Jo.  His firm was recognized as Small Business of the Year in 2016 by former Senator Jim Beall.

Huy takes on the role of Special Projects Coordinator in the District 3 Office.  Huy also serves on the Housing and Community Development Commission and the Charter Review Commission for the City of San Jo, and the Anti-Hate Crimes Task Force for Santa Clara County.
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NAOMI NAKANO-MATSUMOTO - Executive Administrator
Email:  [email protected]

For over forty years, Naomi has worked as a social worker in a variety of capacities, with 25 of those years focused on executive management in the local nonprofit community. Prior to joining the D3 office, Naomi was the Senior Director of Social Justice at the YWCA Silicon Valley. 

Naomi also serves our community as a Trustee for the Fremont Union High School District Board, and is a member on various local and state-wide nonprofit boards. She was appointed to serve on the SCC Commission on the Status of Women and the SCC Housing and Community Development Advisory Commission, on the City of Sunnyvale’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee. 

She is an active community volunteer in her children’s schools and continues to volunteer at her temple, the jails and more. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband Bob, they have 3 young adult children, and Miso their family dog.
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DIEGO MARTINEZ - Special Assistant and Board Aide
Email: [email protected]

Diego is a San José native, son of immigrants and was raised in a bilingual household speaking English and Spanish. He currently lives in South San Jose with his 11 year old son. He earned his A.S in Administration of Justice from Evergreen Valley College and B.A in Political Science from San José State University.

Shortly, after graduation SJSU, Diego worked as a Legal Assistant in Supervisor Lee's law office. Diego is incredibly active in the community and enjoys attending meetings that focus on local issues that impact our youth, homeless population and the safety of our community.
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THE-VU NGUYEN - Communications Assistant and Board Aide
Email:  [email protected]


The-Vu is a familiar advocate and member of the District 3 Team, serving the Santa Clara County community for more than thirty years. Prior to joining Supervisor Lee’s office, The-Vu was with Supervisor Lee’s predecessor, then-Supervisor and now California State Senator Dave Cortese. His connections and roots to District 3 and our community are deep and helps connect our Vietnamese residents with services and support.

Prior to joining D3 Team, The-Vu worked for Youth Empowered for Success, a Division of Catholic Charities. He is the Co-Founder of the Vietnamese American Center. He worked as Policy Aide in the San José City Council District 8 office. The-Vu and his wife live in San José with their three children along with his mother, sisters, and brother.
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ALLIE HUGHES - Communications Assistant and Board Aide
Email:  [email protected]

Allie is one of the lucky graduates of the College COVID Class of June 2020. She earned a B.S. and B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Santa Clara University. She is furthering her education, currently enrolled to earn her Master’s of Public Administration at San José State University. Allie has a deep passion and drive to serve our community. Born and raised in San José, she always has been incredibly active with various local and civic organizations, including as a volunteer for Women’s March San José and as a high school girls volleyball coach. When she isn’t spending time helping her community, she enjoys time with her dog Artie.
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