David Gomez, Chief of Staff
David Gomez is a native of San Diego, CA. He has been a District 1 resident for the past 21 years and is the proud parent of a Cupertino School District student.
He has been a neighborhood leader in the Murdock neighborhood for 16 years, serving as a Board member of the Murdock Neighborhood Association. David is also a member of the District 1 Leadership Group working with D1 leaders to make an impact city-wide. David enjoys connecting with and advocating for residents and causes.
During his free time, he enjoys watching and attending sporting events, reading, and traveling to the many great beaches along the California coast.
Raania Mohsen, Deputy Chief of Staff
Raania has worked for over 14 years as a public policy and government relations professional in local and state agencies throughout the Bay Area, including the California State Senate and the City of Santa Clara. As former Executive Director of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, she was instrumental in advancing regional policies addressing affordable housing, sustainability, transportation, and economic development. In joining District 1, Raania looks forward to continuing to serve the community and contribute to improving the quality of life for constituents and residents across the City.
Raania is a native of the Bay Area and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and MBA Degrees from Santa Clara University. She has a passion for volunteering and serving as a Board Member with local schools and community organizations.
Outside of work and volunteering, Raania enjoys spending time with her family, baking cookies, and Pilates.
Cassidy Kohl, Council Policy and Legislative Director
Cassidy graduated from San Jose State in 2015, earning a Bachelors in Communication Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies. During her time there, she interned with the City of Sunnyvale ‘s Environmental Services Department and got hooked on public policy. Cassidy then moved up to Oregon where she attended Lewis and Clark Law School and received her Masters focusing on Environmental Law and Policy.
During her time in Portland, Oregon, she worked with environmental and land use non-profits, and for State Representative Paul Holvey as a Legislative Assistant. She has varied experience working on political campaigns for progressive candidates and ballot measures, and volunteering with local environmental groups. Cassidy looks forward to using her past work experiences and passion for good policy to help make District 1 an even better place to live and work.
Cassidy also enjoys spending time hiking and exploring with her family. She and her husband welcomed their little boy to the world in May 2018.
Rachel Davis, Council Assistant
Rachel Davis is a South San José native. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from San José State University where she had numerous leadership roles in on and off campus organizations. In her previous role at Team San José, she helped lead efforts to tell San José’s story and increase tourism in the City by working closely with community partners, managing the organization’s social media, and assisting in public relations efforts. Rachel has always been passionate about public service and is thrilled to be serving District 1 residents.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys traveling, writing (she is a self-published author), reading, and re-watching West Wing.
Diana Garcia, Council Assistant
Diana has been a District 1 resident for 15 years. She is a Moreland School District and Prospect High School alumni. She graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in Political Science. While in school, she was involved in various campus organization and was a recipient of the Associated Students 55 Leadership Award. During her senior year in college, Diana interned with Council District 1 and worked on various community projects. Shortly after graduating from SJSU, Diana joined the Peace Corps and served as a Youth in Development volunteer in Thailand.
Diana is excited in join the District 1 team. Her policy areas include Homelessness, Code Enforcement, Transportation, and Parks & Recreations. During her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Annale Damabeh, Community Relations Coordinator – Part Time
Annale was born and raised in West San Jose and currently lives in District 1. She recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning. Her areas of interest include affordable housing, public transit, and homelessness.
Prior to serving District 1, Annale interned for the Office of Supervisor Jane Kim in San Francisco. There she spoke with constituents about city-wide issues and researched legislative topics ranging from protected bike lanes to affordable housing. She also interned at Bay Area Legal Aid, working with pro-bono lawyers to serve low income residents of San Jose on issues such as housing rights, public benefits, and economic justice. Annale’s experience has resulted in a deep rooted desire and passion for civic engagement. She is currently a full time student at Santa Clara University School of Law.
In her free time, Annale likes going on nature walks, camping, antiquing, writing, and spending time with her family and friends.