Mayor's Chief of Staff
Responsibilities: Teresa’s job is to help manage, coordinate and oversee the staff of the Mayor’s office while helping to implement the Mayor’s strategies, goals and objectives. She is the primary liaison between the Mayor and the community and helps staff create programs and projects that will lead Riverside into a brighter future.
Education: Teresa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business and a Master of Business Administration, both from California Baptist University.
Passion: Mentoring and coaching.
Assistant to the Mayor - Programs & Policy
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, 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. He plans to pursue a Master of Public Policy in the near future.
Passion: Practicing his faith through servant leadership, spending time with family, watching sports, and eating good food with great company.
Assistant to the Mayor - Outreach & Communications
Responsibilities: Philip serves as the liaison between the Mayor’s Office and several boards, commissions, and community groups, including Human Relations Commission, Riverside Youth Council, Model Deaf Community Committee, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, the NAACP, and The Group, among others. He also leads outreach and communication efforts for the office through Mayor Lock Dawson’s social media platforms, monthly publications, and speeches. 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 CalBaptist 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.
Assistant to the Mayor – Economic Development
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, the Arlington Business Partnership, the Riverside County Business & Community Services Department, among others. He also leads economic development efforts for the office through Mayor Lock Dawson’s business visits, the Innovation District and Entrepreneur Academy. 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 Cal State 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 of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Financial Management while in the Office of Government and Community Relations at Cal State 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.
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 the Connect with the Mayor events. She also coordinates several of the Mayor’s taskforces, including the Education Roundtable.
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.