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COMMUNITY TEAM


Paola Martinez-Montes ( She/Her/Hers )

Senior Advisor & Director of Community Engagement

Paola is a community champion who’s fought for change throughout the region for progressive causes. She has more than a decade of experience fighting for racial, social and economic justice and improving the lives of low to moderate-income families across San Diego County. Before joining Team Fletcher, Paola led the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition (ISDF) at the Center on Policy Initiatives. As the Director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) San Diego she secured millions in infrastructure funding/allocations and led regional civic engagement programs. Paola also serves as Chair of the Human Relations Commission in the City of Chula Vista, is an alumnus of  Hispanas Organized for Political Equality Leadership Institute and a recipient of the Flip the Script Truth to Power Award. 

Service Areas: Refugee Health Programs/Border Health, Refugee Services/Immigration, Migrant Shelter, Hunger/Food Banks/Calfresh, Office of Equity

Boards and Commissions Contacts: COVID-19 Equity Task Force, Human Relations Commission 

Communities/Constituencies: Labor, Tribal Relations, Latinx, Youth 

Contact
619-531-2010
Paola.Martinez-Montes@sdcounty.ca.gov
 


Ana Laura Martinez ( She/They )
Community Representative

Ana Laura is a committed and passionate advocate. She has more than 10 years of organizing and advocacy experience on economic justice, reproductive justice and LGBTQIA+ issues. Prior to joining Team Fletcher, Ana Laura was the Organizer and Leadership Development Coordinator at the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI). While there she led campaigns on worker justice at the City, County and State levels and coordinated an organizing program. Ana Laura graduated from University of California, San Diego with a double major in Ethnic Studies and History. In her free time she serves as a Board Member for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

 Service Areas: Boards and Commissions, Constituent Services, Certificates, Resolutions

Communities/Constituencies: Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian Pacific Islander Liaison; Rolando Park, North Clairemont, Bay Park, Bay Ho, Clairemont Mesa, City Heights, Oak Park, Paradise Hills, Linda Vista, Kearny Mesa, Rolando, Azalea Park, Mid-City, Rancho San Diego, La Mesa

Contact
619-531-5525
AnaLaura.Martinez@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

 

 




 


Jamaéla Johnson (She/Her/Hers)
Community Representative

Jamaéla is a proud Southeastern San Diego native and fierce social justice advocate. She is passionate about racial justice, equity, and inclusion. Jamaéla enjoys using her experience to engage with San Diegans, listen to their needs and connect them to services to help improve their quality of life. Prior to joining Team Fletcher, she worked as a Student Services Professional for San Diego State University (SDSU) and California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) using her experience to help drive progress in San Diego County’s higher education institutions and community engagement. Jamaéla was honored with the President’s Outstanding Graduate award, North San Diego County NAACP Juanita Jackson Youth Leadership and Activism Award, and Growing Tree Award for commitment to promoting equity, working for social justice and dedication to empowering others. Jamaéla received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from CSUSM and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SDSU.

Service Areas: Constituent Services 

Communities/Constituencies: El Cerrito, Chollas Creek, Lemon Grove; Southeastern San Diego: Valencia Park, Encanto, Bay Terraces, Skyline; Serra Mesa, Civita, Grantville (a tiny portion), Montezuma Mesa, College Area, SDSU Mission Valley; Spring Valley; Black/African-American, BIPOC, and Veterans Liaison.  

Contact
(619) 531 - 5022
JamaelaS.Johnson@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Abbey Reuter ( She/Her/Hers )

Community Representative

Abbey believes young people deserve a seat at the table and a voice in political decisions that impact their future. She is a passionate organizer and advocate for progressive causes. Abbey enjoys using her experience to help drive progress in San Diego County government and get the community involved. Before joining Team Fletcher, she worked with the San Diego City Council as a Management Intern in District 7. She also served as the Associate Vice President of Local Affairs in student government at UC San Diego as well as the Advocacy Director for Our Time to Act United, a youth centered nonprofit. Abbey graduated with her Bachelor’s in Political Science from UC San Diego.

Service Areas: Constituent Services, Office Administration, Digital Community Organizing

Communities/Constituencies: Hillcrest, Balboa Park, Kensington, Talmadge, Mission Hills, University Heights, Bankers Hill, North Park, Old Town, Normal Heights, Casa de Oro, Mt. Helix and Youth Liaison

Contact
619-531-4936
Abbey.Reuter@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Iman Rashid (
 She/Her/Hers )
Grants Fellow

Iman graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University. She is now studying to get her Masters of Legal Studies Degree specialized in Cybersecurity from American University Washington College of Law. 

Service Areas: Community Team and Grants

Contact
Iman.Rashid@sdcounty.ca.gov

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM


James Canning ( He/Him/His )
Director of Communications

James is a promoter of robust and transparent communications. He has nearly 20 years of experience leading top-level communications programs for elected officials and government agencies, public-private partnerships and the private sector. Before joining Team Fletcher, James directed communications for the Wayne County Executive and Mayor of Detroit in Michigan, and led communication campaigns for transportation and land use initiatives in Seattle, Washington.

Service Areas: Media Relations, Social Media, District 4 Website, Newsletter, Adjournments in Memory, External Communications  

Communities/Constituencies: News Media, Downtown Business Groups, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Downtown Partnership, Little Italy 

Contact
619-685-2245
James.Canning@sdcounty.ca.gov


Edgar Ontiveros Medina ( He/Him/His )
Multimedia Designer

Edgar is a creative and strategic communications professional. With over ten years of experience in photography, video production, and graphic design, he is passionate about producing stories of community power and resilience. As an immigrant with a background in community organizing, he leverages his bilingual and creative skills to inspire people to take action. Before joining Team Fletcher, Edgar worked as the Media Specialist at the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network where he developed and implemented digital strategy for community organizing campaigns, civic engagement, fundraising, and leadership development programs. Edgar graduated from University of California Santa Cruz with a double major in Anthropology and Latin American and Latino studies and received a Professional Certificate in Marketing from San Diego State University. 

Service Areas: Photography, Video Production, Graphic Design, Audio/Visual Technology

Contact
619-531-4736
edgar.ontiveros@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Kathryn DeGeller ( She/Her/Hers )
Digital Content Manager

Kathryn believes social media is a positive way for the community and government leaders to create a dialogue with one another. She has spent six years using digital media tools to deliver information, and connect with residents about issues that are beneficial and important to them. Before joining Team Fletcher, Kathryn served as Press Assistant for Congressman Mike Levin (CA-49), in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. to help promote women in leadership through career development and relationship building. Kathryn was raised in San Diego County and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. 

Service Areas: Website, Newsletter, and Social Media

Contact
619-531-5011

Kathryn.DeGeller@sdcounty.ca.gov

POLICY TEAM


Emily Wier ( She/Her/Hers )
Director of Policy

Emily is a passionate champion of environmental sustainability. She has nearly a decade of environment and energy policy experience. She notably served in the Obama Administration's Office of Energy and Climate Change, where she advised on electric vehicle and renewable energy policy, and was also a fellow with the San Diego Leadership Alliance. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale.

Policy Areas: Land Use, Environment

Boards & Commissions Contact: California Air Resources Board, County Sanitation District, Air Pollution Control District, Air Pollution Control District Advisory Board, Solid Waste Hearing Panel, County Planning Commission, Traffic Advisory Committee, CAC Waterfront Park

Contact
619-531-4939
Emily.Wier@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Sarah Dawe ( She/Her/Hers )

Senior Policy Advisor

Sarah is a seasoned policy professional and attorney with a background in community advocacy. She has considerable experience in the legal, public, and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Sarah represented U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in her San Diego office and was a Policy Consultant for the San Diego Housing Federation. Sarah is also an active member of several community organizations geared toward public service and is currently serving as the Co-President of Women Give San Diego and an at-large member of the San Diego City's Balboa Park Advisory Committee. She previously served as a board member of the Museum of Us (formerly the Museum of Man). 

Policy Areas: Housing, Homelessness, Public Safety, Arts and Culture, Gender Equity

Boards & Commissions Contact: Regional Task Force on Homelessness, City of San Diego Homelessness Leadership Council, Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Unified Disaster Council, Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board, Countywide Redevelopment Successor Agency 

Contact
619-531-5245
Sarah.Dawe@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Joshua Bohannan ( He/Him/His )
Policy Advisor

Josh is a committed advocate for policies that protect our most vulnerable populations. He spent five years working with the Alzheimer’s community where he fought to eliminate health inequities, prevent elder abuse and improve public health outcomes. While in Sacramento, Josh studied legislation and policy at Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law. He also completed a fellowship with the New Leaders Council. Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from California State University - Sacramento. 

Policy Areas: Health, Human Services, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Seniors, Veterans, Child Welfare

Boards & Commissions Contact: San Pasqual Academy Subcommittee, Polinsky Children’s Center Advisory Board, Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board, Health & Human Services Advisory Board, Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Social Services Advisory Board, Community Action Partnership, In-Home Supportive Services, Aging & Independence Services Advisory Board 

Contact
619-515-6989
JoshuaD.Bohannan@sdcounty.ca.gov


Joon Suh (
He/Him/His )
Senior Advisor and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Joon uses his expertise in economic development and fiscal matters to provide policy analysis and strategic advice that helps advance the interests of San Diego County. He serves as the Chair’s liaison with federal, state, and other regional partner entities to ensure strong coordination. Before moving to San Diego, Joon gained extensive experience at both the federal and state levels. He previously worked in leadership positions for the U.S. House of Representatives, and has served as a Chief of Staff and in other senior advisory roles for four Members of Congress. Joon spent well over a decade working on economic and fiscal policy, issues impacting social mobility, and helped shape some of the most consequential recent pieces of legislation for members of the House Ways and Means Committee, Appropriations Committee, and Committee on Education and Labor.  He also served non-profit and charitable sector interests as a government relations consultant and worked at a prominent Washington think tank supporting policy development at all levels.

Service Areas: County Budget, CINA, Office Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs, Registrar of Voters, Department of General Services, Real Estate Services, Facility Planning and Design

Boards and Commissions Contacts: San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (FGG), Retirement Association (SDCERA)

Contact
619-531-6112
Joon.Suh@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Joshua Coyne ( He/Him/His )
Policy Fellow

Josh is a mission driven leader. He has more than 10 years of experience in community organizing, policy development and nonprofit leadership. Josh has joined Team Fletcher temporarily to learn more about the County of San Diego’s policy making process; afterwards he will return to his position as Vice President of Policy with the Downtown San Diego Partnership. Josh previously served as Director of Policy for Councilmember Jennifer Campbell in the City of San Diego’s Second District. Josh received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University and his master’s degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Additionally, Josh is a graduate of the San Diego Leadership Alliance and a current board member for San Diego LGBT Pride.

Policy Areas: Housing, Homelessness, and Public Safety

Boards & Commissions Contact: Regional Task Force on the Homeless, City Homelessness Leadership Council, USD Homeless Symposium, Commission on the Status of Women, San Diego Workforce Partnership, Local Agency Formation Commission, Unified Disaster Council, Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board, CA Identification System Remote, Countywide Redevelopment Successor Agency

Contact
(619) 531-5544
Joshua.Coyne@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM


Paul Worlie ( He/Him/His )
Chief of Staff

Paul is a strategic policy, communications and government relations expert. He has more than 25 years of experience in government and public affairs. His distinguished leadership experience ranges from Deputy Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to leadership roles in the offices of two former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders - Harry Reid (D-NV) and Tom Daschle (D-SD). Prior to joining Team Fletcher, Paul was the Senior Director of Public Affairs for an award-winning public relations firm in San Diego.

Boards & Commissions Contact: Urban Counties of California, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association, California State Association of Counties, National Association of Counties, Civil Service Commission

Contact
619-531-5871
Paul.Worlie@sdcounty.ca.gov

 


Tiffany Frost ( She/Her/Hers )
Scheduler

Tiffany is dedicated to getting things done quickly and with flawless execution. She has nearly 20 years of experience supporting executive leadership and directing office operations. Her work  is vital to keeping the  fast-moving office of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher running efficiently. Prior to joining Team Fletcher, Tiffany worked as the Executive Assistant to Tony Robbins’ Chief Financial Officer, she was manager of administration for the Los Angeles Kings’ President and General Manager and Administrative Assistant & Baseball Team Travel Manager for the University of Southern California Athletics.

Service Areas: Scheduling, travel arrangements, office management, liaison to office visitors 

Contact
619-531-5872
Tiffany.Frost@sdcounty.ca.gov


Lauren Macdonald (
She/Her/Hers )
Chair’s Assistant 

Lauren believes local government can change people’s lives. She loves connecting and uplifting the community by recognizing deserving people and organizations with Proclamations, which she coordinates for all five Supervisorial districts. Lauren draws from the experience gained from more than 25 years of service to carry out vital tasks that support the Office of the Chair. She has served as an English teacher in Nagasaki Japan, Citizenship Teacher and Program Manager at the International Rescue Committee, Academic Director at an English language school for International students and Campaign Manager for a local city council candidate. Lauren is also an active member of the San Diego Democratic Party. 

Service Areas: Proclamations, Board Meeting Invocations and  Adjournments in Memory    

Contact
858-289-9202
Lauren.Macdonald@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

INTERNS


Raymond 'Jay' Bariuan ( He/Him/His )

Jay's Program Intern

Jay has been a member of Team Fletcher since Chair Nathan Fletcher's time in the California State Assembly.

 Service Areas: Research, Database Entry and Management, and Filing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lucas Camberos (He/Him/His)
Intern

Lucas Camberos is a proud native to San Diego and is currently a high school senior attending Canyon Crest Academy. His passions include environmental conservation, social justice and public health. Lucas gravitates toward learning more about how the world functions & the political systems within it. In the future, he plans to pursue a college education that enables him to aid others in the pursuit of a better livelihood. Lucas is grateful to be a part of Team Fletcher and looks forward to understanding how our County operates.

Service Areas: Community & Communications Teams


Diana Frias (She/Her/Hers)
Intern

Diana is currently a student at the University of California, San Diego working on earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science: Public Policy with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She has advocated for transportation justice and safety, focusing on guaranteeing no cost bus passes for youth 24 and under alongside Mid-City CAN’s Improving Transportation in City Heights team. On May 1, 2022, the pilot program for free transit for youth 18 and under commenced after countless years of community advocacy. Diana hopes to inspire young people from her community, City Heights, to continue taking up space and using their voices to create the change they aspire to see. After graduating, she hopes to continue working within her community possibly as a community organizer or a policy advisor to ensure that people’s needs are being met. 

Service Areas: Community & Communications Teams


Pearl Koven (She/Her/Hers)
Intern

Pearl is dedicated to serving her community through constituent outreach, advocacy efforts, volunteering and engaging in Public Policy. Her journey in community outreach has roots in non-profit canvassing, fundraising for causes such as the ALS Foundation, Heifer International and the Because I am a Girl campaign. In 2021, Pearl served as an AmeriCorps Climate Corps fellow to SMC, where she contributed to the roll out of the college’s SB 1383 compliant organics recycling infrastructure. Prior to joining Team Fletcher, Pearl worked as a political canvasser for two Congressional campaigns in 2022. She is a first-generation college student at University of California San Diego and has earned Associates in Public Policy and Behavioral and Social Sciences from Santa Monica College. 

 Service Areas: Community & Communications Teams