Meet the Staff

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy, Interim Chief of Staff

Paul has worked for Supervisor Chavez since she began serving as a County Supervisor in 2013, other than his two-year assignment strengthening the County’s Whistleblower Program. After a ten-year career in Behavioral Health and after earning his Master’s in Public Health in 1999, Paul moved his family to San Jose from San Diego where he has worked either for the County or County-related entities ever since.

Paul was raised in Washington D.C. and Jamestown, Rhode Island, is married to Jodi Lindenthal and has two adult sons.

Issue Areas: Budget & Finance, Health and Hospital System, Behavioral Health.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (408) 299-5020

Maja Marjanovic Portrait

Maja Marjanovic, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Prior to joining Supervisor Chavez's Office, Maja worked for the United Nations and non-governmental organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Western Balkan region on a variety of issues such as women, peace and security, transitional justice, constitutional reform and public administration reform. Maja received her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her Bachelor's Degree from Macalester College.​

Issue areas: Public Safety and Justice, Jail Reform, Jail Diversion, Pretrial Justice Reform, Reentry, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault, Pay Equity, GARE.

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-6418

Beth Willon

Beth Willon, Communications Director

Beth has deep ties to San Jose and Santa Clara County after living and working here twice. Beth has been a communicator her entire career in several states as either a print, radio or television journalist or communications director for political campaigns and politicians including Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi. Beth's multi-platform responsibilities include dealing with media requests, writing, social media, planning media/constituent events, newsletters and helping the people who live in Santa Clara County.

Issue areas: Dealing with media requests, writing, planning media/constituent events, social media, newsletter.

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 660-5174​ (cell)

Kian Lechner

Kian Lechner, Policy & Outreach Advisor

Prior to joining Supervisor Chavez’s team, Kian served for three years in a similar capacity at the District 3 office of the Board of Supervisors. He is a former two-term West Valley College Trustee, a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.), and currently studies political science at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Kian grew up in San Jose and is a native son of Santa Clara County.

Issue Areas: Outreach, Strategy, Public Safety, Education, Social Media, Website Management

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (408) 409-5041

Kathy Sutherland

Kathy Sutherland, Executive Assistant / Scheduler

Kathy is a lifelong resident of San Jose with deep community roots in District 2. She began serving her community as a classroom volunteer, was elected to the Strong Neighborhoods Initiative PAC, and served as Chief of Staff to Councilmember Nancy Pyle. Kathy has lived in the Delmas Park Neighborhood of downtown San Jose since 1980.

Responsibilities: Scheduling and managing the Office Staff.

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-5024

Jason Bennert

Jason Bennert, Board Aide

Jason Bennert was born at Good Samaritan Hospital and spent his childhood watching the orchards of the Valley of Heart's Delight being uprooted to make way for the subdivisions and office parks of Silicon Valley. During his 20-year career in South Bay journalism, he talked about the best item on the menu at Original Joe’s with former President George H.W. Bush, made Downtown San Jose restaurant recommendations to Clint Eastwood and his wife, and gave local traffic tips to celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. He stood on the tarmac at Moffett Field and watched three presidents disembark from Air Force One. He also watched four California governors drive off from parking lots throughout Silicon Valley (Pete Wilson and Gray Davis in limousines, Arnold Schwarzenegger in a fleet of black SUVs, and Jerry Brown driving himself in a Prius).

Issue Areas: Newsletter, Communications Content, Backup Communications Director, Lead on Broadband Expansion and Digital Inclusion

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (408) 299-5020

Jack McGovern

Jack McGovern, Policy Aide

Jack has been passionate about Bay Area politics and public service all his life. Coming out of college, Jack gained valuable experience in the finance sector working for an Investment Adviser. But he found his right calling when given the opportunity to help lead a local political movement. Jack was a 2021 New Leaders Council Fellow. He is a Board Member of the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and played four years of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at the College of the Holy Cross. Jack is a proud Bay Area native having grown up in San Francisco.

Issue areas: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Land Use, Wildfires, Firearms, Teen Vaping

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (415) 992-2967

Victor Perez

Victor Perez, Policy Aide

Victor Perez earned his bachelor’s from the University of California Berkeley in 2015 where he double majored in Political Science and Legal Studies, and minored in Spanish. Victor is a life-long resident of Santa Clara County’s District 2 and speaks Spanish.

Issue areas: Equity and Social Justice Division (Office of Immigrant Relations, Office of Women’s Policy, Office of LGBTQ Affairs and Office of Cultural Competency), Health Policy (Valley Medical Center), Veterans Services Office, 2020 Census, Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council, and the District 2 Public Policy and Law Internship and Fellowship.

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-5023

Alexander Lin Portrait

Alexander Lin, MPP, Policy Aide

Alex earned his MPP from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, his BA in Political Science and Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley, and his AA in Liberal Arts from De Anza College. Between undergraduate and graduate school, Alex served for three years as Congressional Staff Assistant to U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren. He also served as a consultant to Oakland's Office of the City Administrator and interned for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Alex lives in Sunnyvale and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

Issue areas: Assistant to Supervisor Chavez; Boards and Commissions

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-5027

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Kathy Truong, Policy Aide

Kathy served four years with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren strategizing policies, events and constituent casework as a Congressional Aide and Scheduler. Prior to that, she was at the International Children Assistance Network leading educational and empowering workshops for youth, and advocating and improving services for low income communities through organized forums on issues affecting women and children, family health and human trafficking in the Bay Area and Vietnam. Kathy is the Professional Development Chair for the Bay Area Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers (BAAPALS) network and earned her Bachelor's in Public Health Sciences from UC Irvine. Kathy speaks Vietnamese and lives in San Jose.

Issue areas: Women’s Leadership Policy Summit, Employee Services and Unions, Registrar of Voters, Board Policy Organizing.​

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-5025

Amy Nguyen Portrait

Amy Nguyen, Policy Aide

Amy has had dedicated her career to public service. Right out of law school, she went abroad to provide support to Vietnamese refugees and human rights defenders as the Congressional liaison, human rights advocate, and refugee attorney for an international human rights organization focusing on resettling stateless Vietnamese refugees in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. After three years abroad, Amy returned to San Jose and served as the Development Director at the Asian Law Alliance to support low-income community members get access to legal services. She continues to be actively involved in the community as a Board Member of the Vietnamese American Roundtable, providing advocacy, education, and outreach to communities in need. Amy received her J.D. from Santa Clara Law, M.A. in Economics at the University of South Carolina, B.A. in Ethnic Studies and B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Issue areas: Lead for the Children, Seniors and Families Committee; Safety Net Services; Childcare; Foster Care; Older Adults; Vietnamese American Service Center​.

Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  (408) 299-6083

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