MAYOR BATES' STAFF
Charles Burress, Director of Communications
Charles serves as the press contact and communications liaison for the Mayor’s office and works on issues relating to climate change and sustainability, including green transportation. He also works on local development topics and staffs the Mayor on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation Steering Committee.
Charles covered Berkeley for a number of years as a reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and AOL Patch. He received an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard and a Master’s in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Calvin Fong, Chief of Staff
Calvin currently serves as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff and is also the point person for transportation, land use, and housing policy development. Calvin also staffs the Mayor on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Calvin is a Berkeley native and holds a BS in Business Administration and a MBA degree in Finance, both from CSU Hayward.
Tasha Henneman, Education and Health Policy Advisory
Tasha facilitates the kindergarten readiness workgroup as part of the 2020 Vision Initiative, a community-wide cradle to career approach that aims to end the racial predictability of academic achievement. Another key education policy that Tasha advises the Mayor on is The Berkeley's Promise, a comprehensive college-attainment program that guarantees college admittance and supports to low-income students. Tasha also advises the Mayor on the Age-Friendly Continuum of Care plan and other health related policy.
Tasha was born and raised in the City of Berkeley and has two children in the Berkeley school system. In May, 2014 she graduated from Mills College with a Doctorate and Masters Degree in Educational Leadership in Early Childhood. The focus of her research explores the experiences of parents who have Black boys that were expelled or 'pushed out' from several early child care environments and the impacts of the expulsions on the entire family.
Gregory Magofña, Senior Legislative Aide
Gregory staffs the Mayor on arts and culture including economic-development initiatives related to new technologies, innovation, startups, and business improvement districts. Recent projects include expanding gigabit-fiber infrastructure, carsharing, bikesharing and bike related initiatives, short-term rentals, the percent-for-art ordinance, regional solar permitting, and Telegraph revitalization. Additional duties include staffing the Mayor on the the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Mayors Innovation Project, and the Berkeley Film Foundation. Other duties include aiding constituents and managing interns.
Gregory holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Political Science and has a minor in French.
Dane Brody is a UC Berkeley junior double majoring in political science and legal studies and minoring in public policy. His emphasis is in American politics, law and sovereignty, and law, rights, and social change. This is his first semester as an intern within the Office of Mayor Tom Bates. When he is not in school or at work, Dane loves exploring the Bay Area and going into the city. He enjoys traveling the world and eating new and exotic foods.
Ryan Lynch is a UC Berkeley senior majoring in political science and minoring in public policy. This is his third semester as an intern within the Office of Mayor Tom Bates', and his interests include transit-oriented development and climate change and sustainability policy. When he is not thinking about or engaged in public service, he is most likely on a run, sampling Berkeley's latest Thai restaurant, or attending trivia nights—all at the same time.
Sita Mcguire is a second-year political science major at the University of California, Berkeley who is concentrating in International Relations. She is on a research team at the Goldman School of Public Policy that focuses on the role of interest groups and their influence on local municipalities and she is an officer for Berkeley Model United Nations on campus. She hopes to pursue a career working for the UN or in foreign affairs, but for now in her free time she enjoys going on runs in the Berkeley hills, trying different restaurants across the bay, and watching House of Cards with her friends.
BECOME AN INTERN AT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE
The Mayor's Office benefits from the services of dedicated interns and volunteers. Duties include planning events, creating materials, programmatic research, community outreach, answering phones, and working with volunteers.
To apply to become an intern, please forward your resume, cover letter, and unofficial transcripts for students to Gregory Magofña.