Enrique is the oldest of four siblings and the first in his family to be born in the U.S. He is a lifelong Bay Area native whose formative years spanned residence in both South San Jose (Hayes Mansion area), Morgan Hill, and most recently Los Angeles. He returns to this office after having left for three years to pursue graduate studies and work at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
His educational background and experience formed his appreciation for public policy and understanding of its challenges and implications for communities at all levels through the lens of all stakeholders. In San Jose he attended Hayes Elementary (K-6 traditional public), Apostles Lutheran (7-8 private parochial), University Preparatory Academy (9-12 public charter), and San Jose State University (B.A. Political Science w/Honors, Minor in Public Administration). Most recently he earned an Masters of Public Policy from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy with a focus in American and International Politics.
Having started in Councilmember Khamis’ office as an intern in 2014, he joined the office as a full time staffer from 2015-2016 before moving to Malibu to earn his M.P.P. at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy. Since then he spent the summer of 2017 at the International Institute for Counterterrorism in Israel as a Research Assistant, reaffirming his love of travel, international politics, and cultural immersion. After graduating from Pepperdine, he worked as the Assistant Deputy for Transportation and Land Use for L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, where his portfolio immersed him in the L.A. metropolitan regions’ policy scene. His knowledge of Metro, Metrolink, L.A. County, and SCAG’s administrative functions and future operational ambitions has equipped him to assume his new and current role in our office with a multi-regional perspective, experience, and ideas.
In his personal life, he enjoys the pursuit of knowledge through language learning – currently Hebrew and Arabic – and reading history and current events pertaining to Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucuses, and the Middle East. His love of world cultures and history inspires him to explore the nuances of warfare, international diplomacy, commerce, symbology, cultural exchanges, religious affairs, and more from Classical Antiquity to the present day (go ahead, ask him anything about the Great Schism of 1054, wait no don’t get him started!).
Recommended Books: Sun Tzu’s Art of War, Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations, and Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince.
Transportation, Homelessness, International Relations, & Marijuana