Chief of Staff
Responsibilities: Elisa serves as the Chief of Staff for City of Riverside Mayor, Patricia Lock Dawson, where she orchestrates a dynamic team that aims to implement the Mayor's strategic vision for the City and its residents. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff for Mayor Lock Dawson's Office, she was the Public Information Officer for WRCOG leading strategic communications and external relations activities. Previous to WRCOG she spearheaded various economic development efforts at San Bernardino County's Economic Development Agency where she facilitated the creation of over 3,000 jobs and assisted businesses with obtaining over $4.3 million in tax credits. She has also worked at UC Riverside’s School of Medicine and was part of the initial team when it received its official accreditation. She began her career working as an Economic Development Specialist for Riverside County's Economic Development Agency.
Education: Elisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master's in Public Administration degree from California State University of San Bernardino as well as a Master’s in Corporate Real Estate designation through CoreNet Global.
Senior Advisor to the Mayor
for Business Development & External Affairs
Responsibilities: Jake serves as the liaison between the Mayor’s Office and several organizations including the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, the Riverside Downtown Partnership, and the Arlington Business Partnership, among others. He also leads economic development efforts for the office through Mayor Lock Dawson’s business visits, the Arts & Innovation District, Venture Catalyst Challenge, and the Mayor's Economic Development Taskforce. Jake is the field representative for the Office of the Mayor in Wards 2 and 4.
Education: Jake earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University of San Bernardino. After being selected as one of only a handful of students in the country for the prestigious Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Global Leaders Fellowship program, Jake then worked on “The Hill” in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Correspondent. Jake earned a Master's in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Financial Management while in the Office of Government and Community Relations at California State University of San Bernardino.
Passion: Professionally, working to make government simple and accessible for all. Jake also enjoys being outside as much as possible—fishing, camping, snowboarding, and hiking.
Advisor to the Mayor
for Communications & Special Projects
Responsibilities: Philip serves as the liaison between the Mayor’s Office and several boards and community groups, including the Mayor's Bipartisan Forum, Keep Riverside Clean & Beautiful, the NAACP, The Group, and Riverside Unified School District, among others. He also leads all communication efforts for the office through Mayor Lock Dawson’s social media platforms, monthly publications, speeches, and public relations, in addition to special projects such as the Riverside Military Wall of Honor and Beautify Riverside. Philip is the field representative for the Office of the Mayor in Wards 1, 3, and 5.
Education: Philip earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Architecture and Gender Studies with a concentration in Women in Politics from University of California, Riverside. Philip is currently in graduate school at California Baptist University studying Strategic Communications with a concentration in Political Communications.
Passion: Researching and writing about Riverside history and architecture. Philip is the former chairman of the Riverside Cultural Heritage Board and maintains a strong connection to Riverside’s unique and historic built environment.
Advisor to the Mayor
for Policy & Advocacy
Responsibilities: Edward serves as the liaison between the Office of the Mayor and several boards and community groups including the Mayor's Multicultural Forum, Latino Network, Alvord Unified School District, Campus Riverside, and the faith-based community. He also leads the Mayor's policy and programs through the Big City Mayor's Coalition and the Mayor’s initiatives to address homelessness. Edward is the field representative for the Office of the Mayor in Wards 6 and 7.
Education: Edward earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. Edward is currently in graduate school at California Baptist University studying Organizational Leadership.
Passion: Practicing his faith through servant leadership, spending time with family, watching sports, and eating good food with great friends.
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor
Responsibilities: Kathy is instrumental in keeping the Office of the Mayor running smoothly. She is responsible for managing Mayor Lock Dawson’s calendar, the budget, and the office’s procurement. Kathy also coordinates special events for the office and is the point person for all mayoral events.
Education: Kathy earned an Associates of Science in Math and Science from Golden West College.
Passion: Her family and her grandchildren.
Responsibilities: Kathy serves as the liaison between the Mayor's Office and the International Sister Cities, higher education, neighborhoods, and the arts. She works regularly with the International Relations Council to coordinate Riverside's international communication efforts.
Education: Kathy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from University of Southern California.
Passion: Kathy is a third generation Riversider who loves all things Riverside. Focusing on education and the arts has been her passion. She has served on the Riverside Unified School District Board of Education since 2005. Kathy is known for her creation of large-scale community art events such as the Giant Orange ARTventure in 2006, ART Float in 2018 and ART BARK in the Park in 2019 with the Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum.
Administrative Assistant to the Mayor
Responsibilities: Neyamavu is the face of the Mayor’s Office as she welcomes, assists, and provides staff support services to residents that call and arrive at the office. Her talents are extensive in providing clerical support in a range of general service needs.
Education: Neyamavu earned an Associates of Science in Business Administration from San Joaquin Valley College. Since then she has continued her education in the field of Human Services.
Passion: Neyamavu is passionate about helping others.