Alexander moved to Hercules at the age of six. He is a product of the local schools and the programs the city has to offer. Alexander attended Ohlone Elementary School, Hercules Middle School, and Hercules High School. He played basketball at the Swim Center for years, attended Day Camps, and various programs throughout his youth.
Alexander’s interest in public service started at the age of five when his late father would take him to city council meetings in Oakland. During President Obama’s 2008 Alexander watched President Obama rise in the polls and popularity and his mother would take him to different events in his area and instilled the belief that the government is there to serve the people. When Alexander was 13, he volunteered on Governor Brown’s 2010 campaign by going door to door to promote his message for a better California.
Since his days at Hercules High School, Alexander has remained active in his community. In high school, Alexander and his friends started Herban Movement. The team made reusable bags and cookbook hybrids. They won Best Junior Achievement Company in Northern California, Best Business Plan, and Commercial. This sparked his interest in protecting the environment. He formed his first waterfront clean up at the age of 17 and continues to make time to protect and clean the city’s waterfront.
After graduating high school in 2015, Alexander briefly attended Diablo Valley College, but tragedy struck and his father passed away the first weeks into Alexander’s college career. Now living with a single mother for the first time in his life, he was exposed to many different challenges. It was at this point, he decided he wanted to be a voice for others because of his experiences.
Alexander transferred to Contra Costa College in January of 2016. Since then he has held numerous positions. He was the President of Community Organizing and Political Action where he led the drive for civic engagement on campus. He joined the student government as a Senator then becoming the Vice President and later a two-term Student Body President. During his time as Vice President, Alexander and his team started the college’s first LGBT+ Appreciation Day. As President, his team created the first free breakfast, school supply, and bus pass program. Alexander was appointed to the California Community College Board of Governors by Governor Jerry Brown to represent 2.2 million students and help govern the nation’s largest system of higher education. On the board, he voted to make community college tuition-free for the first two years. He is also one of the founding members of Calbright College, the nation’s first 100 percent online community college.
Alexander has worked with elementary school students and seniors. He has worked in the public sector in the Office of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and the Richmond City Council. He is a small business owner, works with autistic children, serves on the Hercules Education Foundation Board of Directors, and is a soldier in the California Guard.
Alexander is an avid skateboarder and foodie.
Manveer Sandhu grew up in the suburbs of California in the city of Fairfield. He has a demonstrated history of working to improve his community alongside a strategic mindset on the future. Manveer serves in the United States Air Force Reserve as an Intelligence Analyst and serves as Trustee on the Travis Unified School District Governing Board. He believes that as we become more united, tolerant, and accepting, we will create a more economically prosperous society. In addition to serving in the Air Force and as Trustee, he is on the Board of Directors of the Solano County Library Foundation and hosts an insightful podcast called Pod Solano. He is near completion of his BS in Economics and Minor in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.
Carol currently serves as the External Vice President for the firm. As a daughter of immigrants and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Carol uses her voice to bring attention to issues that threaten social justice in and out of the educational systems. Her passion for politics formed at a young age. Since 2005, she has been participating in marches and protests for
In high school, she pushed her leadership abilities and became the first student to be elected for two terms as student body president. Then she brought her passion and leadership to Sacramento. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. Where she majored in Political Science, and Communication Studies. There she served as the Executive Director, President, and VP of Membership for the College Democrats at Sac
State while also previously serving as the
California College Democrats as
North Regional Director.
Currently, Gonzalez is a registered lobbyist with the Strategic Education Services (SES), a lobbying and consulting firm, which represents K-12 school districts, community colleges, and other educational organizations. She also assists with clients including the Education Coalition and the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation. There she helps work on ranging issues from school funding, attacking racist structures in our educational system to immigration/DACA.
Gonzalez also volunteers as a program coordinator for Advancing Latinas, a nonprofit organization. There, she creates and implements programs that mentor high school Latinas to increase their success after high school. Additionally, she holds leadership positions with the California Young Democrats Womxn’s Caucus and College Democrats of America Latino Caucus.
Before joining SES, Gonzalez worked as an intern at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. At Planned Parenthood, she helped advance and track women’s health policy. Prior to that, she worked as Deputy Field Organizer. She canvassed neighborhoods, recruited interns, and held phone banks for a congressional re-election campaign. She also spent time in Washington D.C assisting a political action committee, BOLD PAC, as a summer intern. Additionally, she worked as a file clerk at a law firm for two years where she would upkeep ligation cases for attorneys. She also worked at the Secretary of State’s office in the Elections Division where she worked on voter outreach and assistance, while simultaneously working with the Associated Student Incorporated, at CSUS, as a student services representative.
Gonzalez is inspired to further advance her knowledge of policy and hopes to seek a Master Degree in Public Administration at McGeorge School of Law.
In her spare time, she likes to take walks with her dog Princess and watch the sunset. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and nature.