Makana Rowan ( He/Him/His )
Director of Community Engagement & LGBTQIA+ Liaison
Makana’s passion is community building. As a gay man, he has experienced first-hand the power that a truly inclusive space can have. He strives to create equity and safe spaces for all identities and communities. Prior to his current role, he was a Community Representative, the Humans Relations Commission Liaison, and the LGBTQ+ Liaison at the Mayor’s office. He has completed a Schusterman Foundation fellowship for Community Builders in Israel and graduated from the Young Professionals Council Academy at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
Communities/Constituencies: Banker’s Hill, Downtown, Golden Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Normal Heights, Old Town, Cortez Hill, LGBTQIA+ Community
Service Areas: Grants, Internships, Proclamations and Certificates
Aaron Burgess ( He/Him/His )
Aaron is a skilled community organizer and staunch advocate for progressive policies. He has a decade’s worth of experience engaging and activating the community to take action on a variety of issues such as prison reform and education reform. A University City resident, Aaron believes that collective action creates the synergy our society needs to continue transforming the world into a better place for all regardless of ethnicity, orientation, class, or creed. Before joining Team Fletcher, Aaron worked on campaigns for several progressive candidates including Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, and was also a Policy Fellow at Justice Policy Network with Revolve Impact in Los Angeles California.
Service Areas: Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator, Database Administrator, Constituent Services
Communities/Constituencies: North Park, South Park, Ocean Beach, University Heights, Mission Valley, Kearny & Serra Mesa, Bay Ho, Pacific Beach, Old Town, Golden Hills, Clairemont, Mission Beach, La Jolla & Bird Rock, & Veterans Groups.
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
Edgar Ontiveros Medina ( He/Him/His )
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
Ryan Hardmeyer ( He/Him/His )
Digital Content Manager
Ryan uses digital media to promote equity, justice, and inclusion by connecting individuals historically disenfranchised from government with information to strengthen their communities. He believes prioritizing service to the greater good is paramount and has considerable experience working toward that goal. Ryan has nearly 4 years of experience across digital media, political organizing, and public policy capacities. Before joining Team Fletcher, he worked with the Todd Gloria for Mayor Campaign as an Intern Coordinator & Campus Manager and at the San Diego State University Center for Human Rights as a Digital & Social Media Intern. Ryan is currently a Senior at San Diego State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies through the Weber Honors College with graduation expected in Fall 2021.
Service Areas: District 4 Website, Digital Media Platforms,
Stephanie Gioia-Beckman ( She/Her/Hers )
Director of Public Policy
Stephanie loves introducing policy to help people experience a better quality of life. She has nearly 20 years of notable experience in California working on health and social service system and policy changes: she worked locally as Senior Advisor to a former County Supervisor, as well as public policy and community liaison for the State of California. Before joining the County of San Diego, Stephanie also represented former California State Senator Dede Alpert.
Policy Areas: Health, Social Services
Boards & Commissions Contact: San Pasqual Academy, Polinsky Children’s Center Advisory Board, Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Regional Task Force on the Homeless, Health Services Advisory Board, Behavioral Health Advisory Board, Aging and Independence Services, Governor’s Task Force on Homeless and Supportive Housing
Emily Wier ( She/Her/Hers )
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
Sarah Dawe ( She/Her/Hers )
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, Seniors, Arts and Culture, Women
Boards & Commissions Contact: Regional Task Force on the Homeless, City Homelessness Leadership Council, USD Homeless Symposium, Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, Unified Disaster Council, Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board, Countywide Redevelopment Successor Agency
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)
Paola Martinez-Montes ( She/Her/Hers )
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
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
Tiffany Frost ( She/Her/Hers )
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
Lauren Macdonald ( She/Her/Hers )
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