Chalk and Ward Team Members

Anthony Espinoza
AREA REPRESENTATIVE

Anthony, a resident of the 7th District, is proud to serve as an Area Representative for Lake View Terrace and Mission Hills. A graduate of California State Polytechnic, Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science Anthony is passionate about community outreach, public service, and growing civic engagement in his community. At CPP, Anthony was…

Monica Benavides
CASEWORKER

Monica serves as a Caseworker in the Sylmar District Office, assisting constituents with their concerns and connecting them to City Services. Monica grew up in the San Fernando Valley and still resides here with her family. She graduated from Francis Polytechnic High School and attended Los Angeles Mission and Pierce Colleges. Monica’s passion is helping…

Cristian Tafoya
NORTH HILLS REPRESENTATIVE & HOMELESS SERVICE COORDINATOR

Cristian serves as the North Hills Representative and Homeless Service Coordinator for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Prior to working for the Councilwoman, Cristian interned for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office Of Legislative and External Affairs team. In this capacity he helped connect constituents to the appropriate city departments and staff members to assist them. Cristian also brings…

Anissa Raja
PLANNING DEPUTY

Anissa Raja serves as the Planning Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. In her past public sector advocacy and research roles, she worked within planning, policy, and public health to analyze built environment impacts on local and regional scales. Most recently, she was working in Sacramento as a Transportation Planner with Caltrans District 3 under the…

Jose Hernandez
PUBLIC PROJECTS DEPUTY AND FIELD DEPUTY

Jose serves as the Public Projects Deputy and Sylmar Field Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Before joining the Councilwoman’s team, Jose worked as the Public Projects Deputy in Council District 14 for three and a half years. Jose attended UC Santa Barbara and double majored in Political Science and History. In his spare time Jose…

Juan Solorio, Jr
SYLMAR AREA DIRECTOR

Juan serves as the Sylmar Area Director for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. His goal is to connect different stakeholders in order to increase community engagement and civic awareness. Prior to joining the Council District Seven, Juan graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science. At CSULB, Juan held multiple positions…

Rocío Hernández
DISTRICT DIRECTOR

Rocío Hernández is proud to serve as Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez’s District Director. In this capacity, Rocío oversees the three district offices, supporting field staff with the delivery of constituent services, events, community projects, and initiatives that help improve the quality of life for residents in the 7th Council District. Prior to joining the Councilwoman’s team,…

Ernesto Larin
COUNCIL DEPUTY

Ernesto serves as the Council Deputy for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. He was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and is a Polytechnic High School graduate. Prior to working for the Councilwoman, Ernesto was an outside source to the City with continuous work in graffiti removal in Pacoima, Mission Hills, North Hills and Sunland-Tujunga.…

Esther Mares
AREA REPRESENATIVE

Esther Mares is proud to serve as Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez’s Pacoima Area Representative. Esther is a proud Banana Slug where she became fond of other cultures and languages and is an advanced Portuguese speaker and trilingual. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics. Prior to joining…

Susie Carmona
PACOIMA AREA DIRECTOR

Susie is the Pacoima Area Director for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Her background is in community organizing and youth advocacy. Susie is a graduate of Humboldt State University, and was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. In her spare time she enjoys exploring CD7’s best food spots and parks. Susie can be reached by…