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Team Lock Dawson Interns

Esteban Erellano Santacruz
 

Esteban Arellano Santacruz

Intern

Esteban was born in Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico.  He is enrolled at the University of California, Riverside, and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 2021. At UC Riverside he serves as an outreach representative for a PODER student-led organization that seeks to assist undocumented students through mentorship, financial assistance, and community building. Esteban is passionate about making a positive impact in our community.

His goal by interning in the Mayor’s Office is to increase his knowledge of public policy and community organizing, as well as expand his professional skills needed to successfully make a positive impact through his work in the future.


Jazmin Hernandez
 

Jazmin Hernandez

Intern

Jazmin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of California, Riverside and is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Business Management.

Jazmin is professionally interested in enhancing public understanding of policy related to small businesses, multicultural issues, and human rights. She is eager to learn about policy making and advocacy, and passionate about contributing to the community by providing support, care, and resources to those in need. She is also interested in learning about and contributing to legislative and budget proposals. Jazmin hopes that by interning at the Mayor's Office her presence makes a difference in people's lives.

“Being part of the internship has been a blessing. It has been an amazing opportunity and the Mayor's Office has welcomed me with great support and knowledge. I absolutely love being part of this team! The internship is full of professional opportunities to develop within and outside of the internship. I have had the pleasure of working with great mentors who allowed me to learn from my mistakes, take lead and further develop my skills. There's still a lot for me to learn here, and I'm looking forward to it.”


Nathanael Hovda
 

Nathanael Hovda

Intern

Nathanael began his internship with then-Mayor Rusty Bailey in 2018 as a senior in high school, working on homelessness outreach, fair housing policy, and other community initiatives. Now with Mayor Lock Dawson's team, his work has expanded to sustainability-focused projects.

Pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at California Baptist University, Nathanael has interned twice with ExxonMobil, is active in environmental research at school, and has spent time interning in the U.S. Senate doing policy advocacy. He was recognized by the ACS and AIChE in 2020 as an SCI Scholar, and through McKinsey & Company’s 2021 Achievement Awards.

A Riverside native, Nathanael loves working in and giving back to his community, along with using his interests in energy and sustainability to drive change. He also enjoys watching The Office (for which he started a fan club), trying new food, and skydiving.

 


Luis Montano
 

Luis Montano

Intern

Luis was raised in Hesperia and Victorville, with a younger brother and sister, by his two wonderful parents who immigrated to the United States from Mexico.  Very early on his parents instilled in him the value of hard work and stressed the importance of an education.

Currently a 4th year Political Science major at University of California, Riverside with a graduation date of Fall 2021, Luis has always had a passion for politics and finding creative solutions to problems and issues. Originally interested in finding a role within national politics, he has shifted his focus to local government and local issues after developing a mentorship with former Riverside Mayor and current distinguished UC Riverside professor of Political Science, Dr. Ron Loveridge.

At the Office of the Mayor, Luis is primarily responsible for legislative tracking and analysis, bill and policy research, and economic development projects. His time as an intern has allowed him to gain more perspective on what it takes to craft and implement policy and a better understanding of how a city operates. 

After graduating, Luis plans to continue working in local government while pursuing a Juris Doctor degree in order to better serve his community.


Miles Ward

Miles Ward

Intern

Miles was born and raised in Riverside. He attends California Baptist University while majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Management. At CBU, he is the Vice President of the Leadership Society and has led multiple diverse team projects during his tenure while operating his own startup company. Miles expects to graduate in the Fall of 2022.

Miles’ goal is to be a part of real progress relating to issues he cares about most: homelessness, economic development, and infrastructure improvement. As a communications intern, he hopes to convey the Mayor's vision appropriately and at the same time contribute ideas aimed at making Riverside a better place to live, raise a family, and pursue dreams.