Kiara was born and raised in San José in the Washington Neighborhood.
She started as a volunteer for Biblioteca Latinoamericana and became Vice President of their TeensReach, program, where she organized and helped youth in the community. She was very active in community building and was a member of the Guadalupe Washington Neighborhood Association as well.
Kiara has an extensive event experience in hosting large scale events and provides great customer service.
Kiara has a large family that is grounded in San José, and because of this she takes pride in creating a better San José. She loves working with others and gears them towards staying positive.
She’s an avid bicyclist, and she loves exploring San José as she knows it like the palm of her hand.
Sachin joined Councilmember Carrasco’s office after working alongside current State Assemblyman Ash Kalra. He is very excited to hit the streets and meet the wonderful residents of District 5. He is keen on connecting with constituents to help them better understand government processes to in-turn empower themselves. He has called San Jose home for the past 8 years and is very proud of the city’s rich history and budding global presence. On the side, he has started a non-profit, named In Their Shoes, to help battle the growing problem of homelessness in San Jose.
Assignments: Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Arts, Homeless Concerns, Public Safety, Sister Cities, and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.
Neighborhood Areas: Mount Pleasant, Capitol Park, Plata Arroyo, Warner Heights, and Cassell Neighborhood.
Policy assignments: Business Outreach, Constituent Concerns
Neighborhood Areas: ARVAC, Warner Heights
Maricela is a local East Side San Jose resident who received a scholarship to study at a college preparatory school in Germany during her senior year at Independence High School. She then went on to study Politics at the University of California Santa Cruz.
After her undergraduate degree, and before attending law school at the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., Maricela was an Associate Director for the Parent Institute for Quality Education in Berkeley, C.A., giving parents the tools to advocate for their children’s’ educational rights.
Maricela has clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice and various civil rights and immigrant rights groups such as Casa De Maryland and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, D.C.
Upon graduating from law school, Maricela was selected as one of 62 Equal Justice Works Fellows from a highly competitive pool of 337 candidates across the country. This opportunity allowed her to execute a two-year legal project, that she designed, to assist refugee mothers and their children seeking gender-based asylum in the U.S. Also, in 2018, when the Trump administration implemented the zero tolerance policy and began separating families at the border, she volunteered at an immigrant family detention facility in Dilly, T.X. with the CARA Project for one week to prepare refugee mothers and their children for credible fear interviews with an asylum officer.
Maricela is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in German, and conversational in Portuguese.
Despite her tenure outside of San Jose, Maricela is excited to be home and work on issues the directly impact her family and local community living on the East Side. As the saying goes, “you can take the girl out the East Side but you can’t take the East Side out the girl.”