Supervisor Greg Cox is assisted by an exceptional team of highly experienced professional staff whose mission is to serve our constituents and make County government work for citizens by focusing on outcomes and results, not process and paperwork. Supervisor Cox's staff members are well acquainted with the highly diverse neighborhoods and communities in District 1 and possess an in-depth knowledge of County services and policy issues. They assist the Supervisor in policy development, research, analysis of the County budget and operations, special projects and constituent services, as well as staffing him on the regional and statewide boards, committees and commissions on which he serves.
Team members were hired by the Supervisor for the value they add to his public service and each has responsibility for a vital component of the office workload.
CHIEF OF STAFF
Danny joined Supervisor Cox's office in May 2007, working on a wide array of issues before taking on his current role as Supervisor Cox's Chief of Staff.
As Chief of Staff, Danny serves as the chief strategic advisor to Supervisor Cox and helps form and implement his policy agenda. It includes responsibility for policy and budget advice for a $6.27 billion regional government on the southwest border of the United States, and involves coalition building, community organization, advocacy and leadership in public safety, social services and health and environmental issues. Danny oversees a diverse and professional staff in the Supervisor’s office and is the principal contact with political and government officials.
With Supervisor Cox’s recent election to a top leadership post at the National Association of Counties (NACo), Danny serves as his liaison to this national organization, as well as to the California Association of Counties (CSAC). Danny plays a critical role in developing Supervisor Cox's strategic initiatives and major policy decisions within those organizations, positioning him as a leader at the local, statewide and national level.
Before joining the Supervisor's office, Danny worked as a Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer of Seattle City Light – one of the largest municipally-owned power utilities in the United States. He served in this capacity as a National Urban Fellow; a highly competitive graduate program that combines academic coursework with an executive mentorship. Prior to the National Urban Fellows, Danny spent seven years working in the corporate world of sales, marketing and management for IBM and the Xerox Corporation.
Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rockhurst Jesuit University and a Master of Public Administration from the City University of New York – Baruch College. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri and is a devout fan of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF/DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Luis has worked for Supervisor Cox since March 2007. As Director of Communications, he responds to inquiries from local media, and works with national and international media to highlight initiatives of Supervisor Cox and the County of San Diego.
He assists Supervisor Cox with writing speeches, letters and proclamations. Luis maintains the Supervisor's web site and manages a robust social media presence for Supervisor Cox through Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to his communication duties, Luis represents Supervisor Cox in the City of San Diego neighborhoods of District 1 and he is the liaison to the region’s large veteran and military community.
Luis brings vast experience in both the communications and public relations fields. Before joining Supervisor Cox's staff, he was a Media and Public Relations Specialist for the County of San Diego Communications Office.
He was an award-winning journalist for nearly two decades, who worked at the U-T San Diego and its Spanish-language newspaper, Enlace, and at USA Today.
Luis grew up in New York City and has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Queens College. He is one of several members of Supervisor Cox's staff who speaks and writes Spanish.
Luis has been active in the community, volunteering as an organizer of an annual multicultural high school journalism workshop and serving as a judge for the annual Kensington-Normal Heights Friends of the Library Student Essay Contest. Luis is married to Merrie, a research librarian at the U-T San Diego.
Victor Avina joined Supervisor Greg Cox’s staff in December of 2015 and currently serves as the senior land use policy advisor to the Supervisor. He assists the Supervisor on issues dealing with land-use, parks and recreation, transportation infrastructure, energy, storm water, and the environment. Victor represents the Supervisor in Bonita and in the unincorporated areas of his district, and is the District 1 liaison to the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, and to the Port of San Diego.
Victor also staffs the Supervisor on regulatory issues, including those under the authority of the Department of Environmental Health. His workload responsibilities include environmental policy and the promotion of the Blue Economy.
Victor earned a Bachelor’s degree in management with a focus in entrepreneurship from San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration. Since earning his degree, the San Jose native has held positions in the private sector working for both for profit and not-for-profit businesses and has previous experience staffing an elected San Diego County Supervisor.
Victor volunteers with TEDxSanDiego and, like Supervisor Cox, is a committed and regular blood donor to the San Diego County Blood Bank. Victor is an enthusiastic sports fan who roots for the San Francisco Giants.
POLICY ADVISOR/COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE
Khea Pollard is a Policy Advisor and Community Representative for County Supervisor Greg Cox and advises the Supervisor on Health and Human Services policies pertaining to social services, behavioral health services and juvenile justice, and is the liaison to the Aging and Independence Services and Child Welfare Services departments.
She also represents Supervisor Cox in the community with special focus on the neighborhoods in Southeastern San Diego such as Mt. Hope, Chollas View, Grant Hill, Lincoln Park, Memorial Mountain View, Paradise Hills, South Bay Terraces, Southcrest and Stockton.
A native San Diegan, Khea graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. She held multiple leadership positions during her time at USD and is a recipient of the prestigious “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges”, an award recognizing academic excellence, leadership in extracurricular activities, citizenship and services to the school. She is in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego and has worked on numerous nonprofit consulting projects in the areas of finance, strategic planning and civic engagement.
She is a proud member of the Black American Political Association of California and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); former member of the executive board for the San Diego County Young Professionals; and a RISE Urban Leadership Program Fellow. She sits on the board of the Open Hearts Leaders, a nonprofit networking and resource hub for underserved communities, and is a Community Coordinator for the organization.
Through the County Health and Human Services Agency Community Action Partnership, Khea became a certified trainer and Resident Leadership Academy (RLA) facilitator. The RLA curriculum is focused on mobilizing underserved communities to make positive changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and safety.
As Supervisor Cox's Office Manager/Scheduler, Cheryl Cruz is the glue that holds the office together and has the critical role of managing the Supervisor's demanding daily schedule. She joined Supervisor Cox's staff in August of 1995 and prior to that served as the Office Manager/Scheduler for a member of the United States Congress in Washington, DC. Before moving to Washington, Cheryl worked for 17 years as the Executive Secretary for a former First District Supervisor and the Mayor of Imperial Beach.
Originally from Massachusetts, Cheryl came to San Diego with her family when her father, a career Navy man, was transferred to North Island. She attended local schools and graduated from the San Diego College of Business.
Cheryl has three grown children; one son who is an Army veteran currently working for a home security company; another son who is in construction and a daughter who graduated from a university in Oregon with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science and who is working as a Physical Therapy Assistant and pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
She has nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Mary Lou Estrada
Mary Lou is the first voice many people hear when they call Supervisor Cox's office. She joined Supervisor Cox's office in 2003 as his Administrative Assistant.
Prior to joining the Supervisor's office, Mary Lou worked as a Field Representative for the Independent Grocers and Convenience Stores. Her prior work experience includes 15 years serving as Office Manager/Scheduler in the District Office of a United States Congressman and as the receptionist for the First District Supervisor of San Diego County. She also had experience as an Executive Assistant to a member of the San Diego City Council.
A Chula Vista native, Mary Lou graduated from Chula Vista High School and Kelsey Jenny Business College. Mary Lou is one of several of Supervisor Cox's staff members who are bilingual in Spanish.
Mary Lou is the loving, devoted mother of two grown children, a son who is an electrician and a daughter who attends college in Los Angeles.
Jen Ha joined Supervisor Cox's office in April 2018 and is currently a student intern supporting administrative tasks, including research, letter writing and data entry. Prior to joining Supervisor Cox's office, Jen interned for San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate, assisting constituents and attending community events and meetings.
Born and raised in Orange County, Jen is currently a San Diego State University senior majoring in Political Science and Religious Studies, with a goal of becoming an International Human Rights Lawyer. She has served as Vice President for a student organization called AIESEC, assisting students and volunteering abroad to positively impact communities in other countries. Jen has volunteered in Thailand to help students learn English and helped create interactive activities with people diagnosed with intellectual disabilities in Colombia.