Meet the Staff

Mayra Flores, Communications Director

Mayra Flores, Chief of Staff
Email: [email protected]

Mayra Flores has spent the first 16 years of her career as a journalist in the South Bay. She is an award-winning reporter and life-long community enthusiast. She is a HOPE Leadership Institute alumna and a proud San José State University alum. Mayra manages Susan's communications, community and media relations, digital media, constituent services and community events.

Michelle Collins, Front Office Administrator

Michelle CollinsExecutive Administrative Assistant & Scheduler 
Email: [email protected]

Michelle Collins has worked for the County of Santa Clara for the last 17 years, most recently with Supervisor Ken Yeager. She brings a deep knowledg​e of the inner-workings of the county and all its complexities to Susan's team. Michelle manages Susan's calendar, office logistics, constituent services and community events.

Angelica Ramos-Allen, Policy Director

Angelica Ramos-Allen, Board Aide - Children, Seniors & Families and Special Projects
Email: [email protected]

Angelica Ramos-Allen has spent the past decade as a political consultant, an activist for women's rights, and an advocate for policies to support and protect children. She is currently a Fellow with the Children's Defense Fund and holds a J.D. from Whittier Law School with a specialization in child welfare and juvenile justice. Angelica manages Susan's children and families policy, constituent services, and community events.

Mayra Flores, Communications Director

David Fernandez, Board Aide - Housing, Land Use, Environment & Transportation
Email: [email protected]

David Fernandez is a San José State University alum who has experience with helping underrepresented and underserved populations within our communities. David manages Susan's housing policy, constituent services and community events.

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Yvonne Jimenez, Board Aide - Public Safety & Justice
Email: [email protected]​​​​

Yvonne has more than seven years of federal and local government experience, most recently working for Supervisor Ken Yeager. She is a passionate advocate for equitable and inclusive policies, and increasing opportunities for underrepresented communities. Yvonne manages Susan's public safety and justice policy, constituent services and community events.

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Steve Kline, Board Aide - LGBTQ+ & Seniors
Email: [email protected]

Steve has spent decades as a political consultant, a community activist for neighborhoods, LGBTQ+ rights, and accessible libraries. He is an Attorney and Counselor at Law, graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a sole practitioner with a General Practice. Steve manages Susan's LGBTQ+ and senior policy, constituent services and community events.

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Jasmine Leyva, Communications Manager
Email: [email protected]

Jasmine spent the last year working in the marketing department at Foothill College, crafting collateral aimed at promoting educational resources. Prior to this, she spent three years as a journalist covering local news in the South Bay. She is a San José State University alum and outdoor adventurist. Jasmine manages Susan's social media channels, newsletter, marketing materials, constituent services and community events.

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Heidi Owens, Board Aide – Finance & Government Operations
Email: [email protected]

Heidi has a background in business and finance, having worked for many years in the high tech industry.  She is a leader in her community, having served as an appointed Commissioner for the County of Santa Clara and the Town of Los Gatos.  She completed a Masters Degree in Business from Santa Clara University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. Heidi manages Susan's finance and government operations policy, constituent services and community events.

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Christine Rutherford-Stuart, Board Aide - Health & Hospitals
Email: [email protected]

Christine has more than 15 years of public health experience supporting the development and implementation of programs in partnership with communities. She has served in federal, city and county health departments working on a variety of issues including child health, obesity prevention, emergency response, HIV and STD prevention. She completed a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and a post-graduate fellowship with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program planning and evaluation. Christine manages Susan's health and hospital services, public and behavioral health policy, constituent services and community events.

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