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siliconvalley-Lopez.pngMario, a native of Mexico City, grew up in East Los Angeles before transferring to UC Berkeley to pursue his undergraduate Political Science and Public Policy degree. While at Cal, he strengthened his political identity and grassroots organizing skills by being actively engaged and leading multicultural, student-led movements on and off campus. 

His work experience extends to the California Immigrant Policy Center, the Greenlining Institute, Young Invincibles, and most recently, Congressman Mike Honda's 2014 re-election campaign. Mario currently serves as a Policy Aide to Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

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Don Ho, Associate, IDG Ventures

siliconvalley-Ho.pngDon Ho is an Associate at IDG Ventures, a global venture capital firm investing in high-growth technology companies. Most recently, he lived in Los Angeles and launched the Los Angeles Football Club, the 24th MLS franchise soccer team. Prior, he helped launched the big data analytics company, Ayasdi. Don graduated from the University of California, Davis with high honors and is a proud native of San Jose, CA. 

 

 

 

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Kieran Kelly, Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

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Kieran Kelly currently serves as a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. His portfolio includes transportation, land use and planning issues. Prior to this position, he served in the California State Legislature as a Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Mark Stone, where he assisted in drafting several pieces of legislation covering a variety of subjects ranging from improving broadband access for underserved communities to streamlining regulations for small businesses. Born in Berkeley and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley, Kieran has been actively involved in wildlife conservation efforts and progressive politics from a young age. As a first-generation American, he is passionate about reforming the US immigration system to make it more humane, equitable and efficient. Due to this interest in immigration policy, Kieran found his start in public policy by interning for US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren at her Washington D.C. office. Following this experience, Kieran traveled extensively throughout the US to work on political campaigns for Senator Barbara Boxer, firefighters and police officers in Ohio, and President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in Virginia. Between campaigns, he participated in a landmark study of endangered species in California's Mojave Desert. Kieran graduated from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2010 where he received a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Literature. Kieran lives in Santa Cruz where he likes to hike and surf.

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Matthew Quevedo, Outreach Coordinator, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley

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Matthew Quevedo works as Outreach Coordinator for Rebuilding Together. Matt has left his mark on several local campaigns and most recently led an effort to elect Mayor Sam Liccardo. Beyond working on campaigns, he was a part of the Human Rights Commission (Now Human Services Commission) of San Jose, worked for the Santa Clara Valley Water District and for the City of San Jose as a Council Assistant Intern for former Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Jose State University. He is currently studying for his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. He is expecting his first child (a boy) in April with his wife A'Dreana. His favorite spots downtown include Caffe Frascati, the MLK Library and Teskes Pub. He was elected as the VP of the SJDRA this year and remains dedicated to working with downtown residents to make things happen.

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Anna Bagirov, Internet Marketing Specialist at PropertyMinder

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Anna has spent the last 10 years studying and practicing marketing, communications, and writing. Born in the former USSR, Anna immigrated with her family to San Jose in 1989 and spent almost her entire life working, studying, and living in San Jose. She was drawn to art early. She attended Notre Dame High School and graduated in 2002. There she had excellent teachers who pushed her to be a better writer. Her Russian family instilled in her the importance of knowledge of art in its many forms: dance, painting, poetry, and writing, but also instilled in her the importance of balance between studying and have a healthy social life.

She attended UC Davis 2006, spent a year abroad in England and travelling around Europe. In 2006 she entered the tech world, saw the company through its IPO. It was not fulfilling. In 2007 after being one of many to be laid off from her job as the recession began, she happily began her Masters at SJSU and graduating with an MS in Mass Communications. There she reconnected with her love of writing, journalism, and began fostering her social media voice.

In the last 2 and half years, she has immersed herself in the artistic culture of San Jose's blossoming cultural renaissance and has tackled her lifelong ambition to be a writer. She has become a local writer and blogger and amateur photographer. She has contributed to Content Magazine, The Metro, and began a personal project to highlight downtown San Jose's SoFA District's creative people, places, and accomplishments. She is determined to show the world San Jose's quality impact on the creative scene. She has connected with business owners, photographers, musicians, DJs, bands, and writers in the SoFA District to better understand her community, its trends, and its needs. She does her best to attend as many events in the SoFA District and several other parts of downtown San Jose to support the scene, record it, and observe it. She loves to interview and learn about the many subcultures in SoFA. Her articles have covered musicians, artists, venues, bands, painters, and local business people from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic genres. Recently, she began a personal project to promote SoFA's bubbling art scene and nightlife. She named it SoFASloane. This project is a combination of her love of art, writing, marketing, the nightlife scene, and in meeting people.

 

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