Maya EsparzaMaya grew up in San Jose and has made a lifetime commitment to fighting for the community and solving problems.

The daughter of teachers in San Jose, her family instilled in her the importance of education, hard work and community service, and she has many memories of attending public meetings and helping with her parents’ community organizing. She spent her youth volunteering for nonprofits and helping build community in San Jose.

Passionate about community empowerment, Maya’s experience include nonprofit, for-profit and government. For the past two years, Maya has been leading the All The Way Home campaign to end veteran homelessness in Santa Clara County at local nonprofit Destination: Home.

In 2012, Maya was elected as a trustee on the Franklin-McKinley School District Board, and is also a former Commissioner on the Community Development Block Grant Commission at the City of San Jose, was the founding Board President for Latinas Contra Cancer, and on the boards of the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County and Operation: Care and Comfort, a local nonprofit serving military, veterans and their families.

Maya’s government experience includes several years working for Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and as Chief of Staff to then-Councilmember Nora Campos fighting for safe neighborhoods, helping residents resolve issues and supporting our businesses.

Maya has worked for Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, she was Vice-President of Community Outreach and Services for the American Red Cross- Silicon Valley, and oversaw 211 services for several counties in the Bay Area for the United Way Silicon Valley.