Thursday, March 20, 2014 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer introduced the 26-member staff he's assembled to help him lead America's Finest City.
"I'm honored these outstanding and dedicated people have decided to join my administration and help achieve my vision for the City," Faulconer said. "They come from all walks of life and reflect the kaleidoscope of cultures and ethnic backgrounds that make our City such a wonderful place to live."
The staff reflects the diversity that Faulconer promised during the recent mayoral campaign. The hires include members of the African-American, Asian-American, Latino and LGBT communities as well as residents from every corner of the City. There are five Spanish speakers on staff along with others fluent in Cantonese and Vietnamese.
The administration is also comprised of experts in the fields of education, transportation, land use and public safety who have excellent relationships with decision-makers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
"They will be working hard every day to create One San Diego - a more inclusive and transparent City government that delivers quality neighborhood services to taxpayers and creates opportunities for San Diegans to live the American Dream," Faulconer said.
The complete staff list is below.
Stephen Puetz, Chief of Staff
Jaymie Bradford, Deputy Chief of Staff & Chief of Policy
Felipe Monroig, Deputy Chief of Staff & Chief of Community Engagement.
Matt Awbrey, Deputy Chief of Staff & Chief of Communications
Don Giaquinto, Director of Protocol
Almis Udrys, Director of Government Affairs
Katherine Johnston, Senior Policy Advisor & Deputy Director of Government Affairs
Mike Hansen, Director of Land Use and Environmental Policy
Monica Montgomery, Senior Policy Advisor
Brian Pepin, Director of Council Affairs
Francis Barraza, Director of Boards and Commissions & Community Representative for Council District 1
Ian Clampett, Deputy Director of Binational Affairs & Senior Community Representative for Council District 2
Rich Reyes, Community Representative for Council Districts 3 and 9
Darnisha Hunter, Community Representative for Council District 4
John Ly, Director of Outreach & Community Representative for Council Districts 5 and 6
Anthony George, Community Representative for Council District 7
Andrea Cardenas, Community Representative for Council District 8
Craig Gustafson, Press Secretary & Director of Media Relations
Charles Chamberlayne, Press Secretary & Senior Advisor
Michelle Porras, Director of Scheduling
Tanya Lundy, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Cheri Hoy, Confidential Assistant to the Chief of Staff
Sara Cavataio, Director of Administration
Shalonda Vinegar, Administrative Assistant
Caroline Ledesma, Administrative Assistant
TBD, Director of Binational Affairs
CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or [email protected]