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Ed Chavez
Ed Chavez
Chief of Staff


Ed Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles County. He holds 3 college degrees including a Master’s in Public Administration. He is a graduate of several universities including the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He has been a longtime educator in high school, adult school, community college, and in county jails. Ed Chavez has also been an elected official for over 34 years and was a colleague of Supervisor Joe Baca, Jr. in the California State Assembly in Sacramento. He is married to his wife Renee and they have raised 3 children together.



Tony Mejia
Tony Mejia
Senior Administrative Analyst
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Tony Mejia joined the Fifth District team in December 2020 and currently serves as Senior Administrative Analyst to the Supervisor. He is a liaison with our various governmental agencies, i.e. San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA), Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), Board Governed County Service Areas, San Bernardino Fire Protection District, and San Bernardino County Flood Control District and assists with extensive data research and preparation of detailed reports/recommendations for the Supervisor. Tony also oversees agenda review preparation and works on special projects as assigned.

Tony earned a Bachelor’s degree in history from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Since earning his degree, Tony has worked within the private sector and as a staff member for two former San Bernardino County Supervisors.

Tony volunteers with his local church and is an enthusiastic sports fan who roots for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Chargers.



Channing Hawkins
Channing Hawkins
Special Assistant
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Channing Hawkins is now serving as Special Assistant to 5th District Supervisor, where he is the lead staff for communications, constituent services, community, and stakeholder engagement. His previous experiences include serving as an adviser to the California State Assembly, U.S. Congress, and U.S. Department of Agriculture and roles in civil rights and labor organizations. He has earned a law degree and undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Hawkins resides in Rialto with his wife and three energetic boys.



Kim Knaus
Kim Knaus
Field Representative
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Kim Knaus serves as the Field Representative for Supervisor Baca. Her areas of responsibility include attending to community needs and finding solutions to various constituent concerns. Kim serves as a liaison for constituents, community organizations, and community partners. She also assists in Communications, helping to develop and execute media strategies. Being a resident of the Fifth District for over 30 years and being a passionate community advocate, she is proud to bring awareness to the communities’ issues and needs within the Fifth District.

Kim studied locally at Cal State San Bernardino and has an extensive background in customer relations, community, and labor organizing. Kim is married and a mother of two lively children. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering to help uplift underserved communities.



Laura A. Mancha
Laura A. Mancha
Community Service Liaison
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Laura A. Mancha is currently a Community Service Liaison for Supervisor Baca and has worked for the County of San Bernardino for 7 years. She is a passionate supporter of public education and has served as a local school trustee for over 25 years. Laura is a proud graduate of our local school systems and obtained her Master’s Degree from California State San Bernardino in 2016. She is a strong advocate for people with disabilities. Laura and her life partner, Manuel, are life-long residences from the City of Fontana.



Virgina Marquez
Virgina Marquez
Community Services Liaison
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Ms. Marquez' responsibilities include partnerships and collaborations with municipalities and other entities within the 5th District, namely, the City of Colton, the Colton Joint Unified School District, and the Community of Rosena Ranch. Ms. Marquez truly believes in public service and the need to respond to quality of life issues in an expeditious manner.

Ms. Marquez is a lifelong resident of the City of San Bernardino, attended and graduated from Pacific High School, and California State University - San Bernardino. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Her career spanned 33 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she was assigned to 3 prisons and 6 parole units. Subsequent to her retirement, she was elected to 2 terms as the 1st Ward Councilwoman for the City of San Bernardino from 2010-2018. During her tenure, Ms. Marquez was assigned to represent her city on the County's Inter Agency Council on Homelessness (ICH), and also chaired the San Bernardino Hometown Military Hero Banner Program.

Ms. Marquez belongs to the following professional organizations:

  • California Correctional Peace Officer Association (Retiree Chapter)
  • Home of the Neighborly Service (Board Member)
  • League of Women Voters-San Bernardino area (Board Member)

Ms. Marquez is a parishioner of the Saint Anthony Catholic Church in San Bernardino.