Michelle Azevedo became SJDA’s director of policy and operations on Jan. 22.
She worked as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State for the past 15 years, helping to create and implement U.S. foreign policy in Washington, D.C. and at various U.S. embassies, including Latvia, Mexico, Brazil and Belgium. Her bachelor’s degree is from UC-Santa Barbara in political science and Portuguese. Her master’s degree in international affairs is from American University.
She will lead SJDA’s economic development, planning, transportation and advocacy initiatives and directs the Property-Based Improvement District.
Azevedo replaces Derrick Seaver, who accepted a position as chief of staff for Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg.
Cheuk Law joined SJDA Jan. 2 as accounting manager. He possesses more than 15 years of experience as an auditor and accountant working for Nimble Pharmacy, Organic Spices, Marquez Brothers and Homelegance in the private sector and the City of Cupertino and Valley Transportation Authority in the public sector.
He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University-Hawaii.
Law replaces Peggy Bradley, who accepted a finance position with the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. In his position, Law handles SJDA’s accounting and financial duties, and staffs the Finance Committee.