Ansermio Jake Estrada Communications Manager, Office of Councilmember Chris Ward
Ansermio Jake currently works as the Communications Manager for Councilmember Chris Ward. Previously, he worked for Councilmember David Alvarez. Ansermio has worked on and has managed several campaigns in both the City of San Diego and San Diego County.
Ansermio Jake obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of California, Riverside. He is originally from Bakersfield, California and made San Diego his home in 2013. He enjoys listening to podcasts, getting lost in Twitter and campaigning for progressive candidates.
Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright serves as a deputy public defender in San Diego where she lives out her life’s passion: Serving and being a voice for our nation’s most marginalized groups. Her practice focuses on representing individuals charged with serious criminal offenses.
Beyond her advocacy work in the courtroom, Geneviéve serves on San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, where she chairs the ad-hoc committee on gang documentation and is a member of the communications and outreach committee and youth subcommittee. Geneviéve serves on the board of David’s Harp Foundation, an organization that radically transforms the lives of “at-risk” and homeless youth through the power of music. She is a volunteer attorney with the California Innocence Project and a mock trial coach and criminal justice program advisory board member at Lincoln High School. She is also Treasurer of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association.
A native San Diegan, Geneviéve grew up and lives in the Southeast San Diego community. She earned her bachelor's in communications from the University of San Francisco, J.D. from Howard University School of Law, and LL.M. in trial advocacy from California Western School of Law.
Her life goals are to use the law as a tool for our oppressed and most vulnerable, and to demonstrate to those groups everywhere that there are no limitations on your heights, except the ones you place on yourself. Geneviéve has an abiding love for God and sincerely desires to manifest Divine Love by way of her life.
Cody Littlefield received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of San Diego in 2011 and immediately deployed to Afghanistan. While deployed, he was responsible for the construction of two remote Afghan National Army outposts. The relationships he built with Afghan workers, village leaders, and soldiers inspired his desire to work in immigration and refugee advocacy. He currently serves as a civil affairs officer in the United States Army Reserve. As a civil affairs team leader, Cody leads a four-person team which acts as a liaison between the civilian inhabitants of a war zone or disaster area and the military presence, coordinating military operations with non-governmental organizations or directly distributing aid and supplies.
Upon returning to San Diego in 2015, he began volunteering as a teaching assistant for the citizenship classes at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, putting his years of being a history and politics nerd to good use by assisting aspiring US citizens prepare to pass the USCIS Naturalization Test.
When time permits, Cody finds himself on stage performing in musical theatre productions or improvisational comedy shows.
In 2016, Carolina Rodriguez-Adjunta joined the local nonprofit Climate Action Campaign as the deputy director of operations and programs, where she works relentlessly to stop climate change. Before joining Climate Action Campaign, Carolina worked in the biotech industry as an engineer and spent her free time volunteering her bilingual skills to political campaigns in San Diego’s South Bay.
Carolina transitioned from the biotech sector to nonprofit to align herself closer to her vision of a sustainable and equitable future. Carolina continues to integrate her enthusiasm for STEM into her fight for climate justice, bringing a unique voice to the local political landscape. She offers her multicultural worldview and adaptive skill set to spur political progress and political engagement in San Diego.
Carolina celebrates riding bikes, neurodiversity, women in STEM, and the great healing power of the outdoors. She dreams of a clean and equitable San Diego sprinkled with urban gardens and mobilized by protected bike lanes and mass transit.
A native San Diegan, Stephanie D. Sánchez is a first-generation college student who earned her bachelor’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University.
Her work experience began in education and later progressed into political finance, where she gained knowledge in political fundraising and political accounting on various campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Before working on campaigns, Stephanie interned for City of San Diego and National Latina Business Women Association. She also participated in a U.S./Mexico Border Issues seminar over the summer where she learned about various issues affecting the U.S./Mexico border. Her past volunteer experience has been with San Diego Catholic Young Adult Group, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Latinos for Fletcher Coalition, and Ford Foundation Research.
Currently Stephanie serves as Social Ministry Chair at Immaculata, where she is responsible for engaging parishioners to become more actively involved and respond to the works of charity and justice by directly serving those in need or addressing root causes of social problems. She also serves on the Parish Council, which allows her to help make decisions on policies that will make a positive impact on the Parish. Stephanie participates as a mentor for Puente, a program whose mission is to increase the number of Latino students transferring to four-year universities.
In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family, friends, her “little” sister Julia, helping others, outdoors, and going across the border to Tijuana.
Krista Stellmacher believes in and strives for a balance between an open, compassionate heart and a strong, analytical mind. She is a fourth-generation Californian originally from Cupertino in the Silicon Valley. Before attending college, Krista took a gap year to work and travel abroad in countries including Poland, Sweden, Spain, and Italy. This formative experience broadened her perspective, and served as a foundation for her values and sense of community. She then returned to the United States, where she graduated from University of California, San Diego Cum Laude with a bachelor's in Literature/Writing.
Krista joined Community HousingWorks in 2010 and serves as Director of Advancement. With a strong track record securing grants, she now oversees all of CHW's fundraising and communications activities, bringing in $2.33 million of contributed revenue to support CHW's mission and serving on the organization's Senior Leadership team to inform and drive strategy. Fueled by a passion for social justice and a dedication to her community, she is grateful to find purpose in her work. She lives in Southeast San Diego and rescued a very sweet pit bull named Savannah.
Robert Weaver has worked for the U.S. Department of the Navy for the last 17 years, as both a military member and a civil servant. He currently serves as the program manager for a research and development effort, overseeing the cost, schedule, performance, and integration of several government and contractor teams. While he was active duty, Robert served as a division officer on the USS Rentz in San Diego, CA, a naval gunfire liaison with 3rd Battalion 12th Marine Regiment in Okinawa, Japan, and project officer with the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. Robert has recently decided to become involved in politics after observing a lack of transparency in government organizations.
Randy Wilde is a project associate at the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy, where he manages local, state and national programs to accelerate the deployment of sustainable transportation technologies. Randy also serves as coordinator of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, a public-private partnership to facilitate clean technologies and mobility options for San Diego's local transportation network. Randy has worked with a diverse range of local governments, regulatory bodies, and businesses and had the opportunity to present at numerous events and conferences.
Randy is passionate about many areas of public policy, including land use, affordable housing, transportation access, and food justice. Randy co-founded Eat City Heights, a nonprofit produce collaborative based at the City Heights Farmers Market, and is an active member of several other volunteer groups.
Randy received two bachelor’s degrees with magna cum laude honors from San Diego State University in International Security and Conflict Resolution and Environmental Studies and Sustainability.
Jasmin Zafra developed a passion for matters of social justice at a very young age. Growing up in a multi-cultural family, witnessing situations of inequality, and learning about civil rights movements, all fueled her desire to become a voice for change.
In 2012, Jasmin moved from her hometown of Santa Cruz to study social work at San Diego State University. Through her studies, she gained an understanding of the systemic roots of racism and oppression and became interested in community organizing. As an undergraduate, Jasmin served as student coordinator for the Youth Empowerment Program, a student organization dedicated to providing support and professional development to unaccompanied child migrants in shelter care. She also worked as a tutor at Rosa Parks Elementary School, where she helped third grade students of diverse backgrounds develop reading, writing and math skills. During her senior year, she interned for the Consensus Organizing Center, where she helped to coordinate a college-access program for first-generation students and foster youth. All of these experiences further strengthened her original passion.
Currently, Jasmin is a community organizer at Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (CAN) where she works with a group of City Heights residents on a campaign to increase youth access to opportunities through no-cost transit passes. She is continuously challenged and inspired in her position and greatly enjoys the process of building connections with residents and watching them develop their leadership skills. In her spare time, Jasmin loves to paint, go on hikes, and explore new places.
Stefanie Zimmers has over 10 years of experience in all facets of television production from initial concept development through post-production. She produced 12 popular cable television programs, each with multi-million dollar budgets, on major networks such as Bravo, HGTV, Food Network and History Channel. When not working on location across the United States, Stefanie aided the development department in creating concepts across all areas of unscripted programming including the creation of new television formats, the discovery of new talent, and the adaptation of international formats for the U.S. audience.
In addition to her work in the television industry, Stefanie volunteers as a media consultant for the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Leadership LAB, created to organize and empower communities to defeat anti-LGBT prejudices through ground campaigns across the U.S. Stefanie created, produced and edited targeted video advertisements used in multiple social justice campaigns reaching over 10,000 voters as well as coordinated the grassroots effort for voter education and mobilization in two successful campaigns in Michigan and Idaho. In 2015, she was selected to represent the Los Angeles delegation at The National LGBTQ Task Force Power Summit in Miami, Florida.
Stefanie graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a degree in Television, Radio, and Film. A new transplant from Los Angeles, Stefanie can be found exploring San Diego, playing rugby or spending time with her family.