NAPIPA - Regional Board

Northern California Chapter

PRESIDENT

ALEXANDER ADAMS

Deputy District Attorney
Santa Clara County

 

 

Alex Adams is a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County D.A.’s Office. Alex is a graduate of UCLA Law School, and he started working with Santa Clara County as a law-clerk after taking the bar exam in 2013. Now in his fifth year, he is currently assigned to the Major Narcotics Vendor Prosecution team, which investigates and prosecutes large-scale narcotics trafficking cases. While not at work, Alex coaches high-school mock trial and volunteers at an education-related non-profit.  

VICE PRESIDENT

NICHOLAS HONDA

Deputy District Attorney
Sacramento County
 

 

Nicholas Honda is a Deputy District Attorney for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. He earned a degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, Nick was an intern with the San Diego County DA’s Office, California Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of CA. After serving as a Deputy DA in Butte and San Diego Counties, Nick returned to his hometown of Sacramento.

vice president

WADE CHOW

Assistant District Attorney

San Francisco County District Attorney's Office

732 Brannan Street 

San Francisco, CA 94103

Wade Chow is an Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.  

SECRETARY

GENEVIEVE GALMAN

Deputy District Attorney
Contra Costa County

 

 

Genevieve Galman is a Deputy District Attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. Genevieve earned a B.A. in Political Science and in Sociology from UC Irvine and a J.D. from USF School of Law. During law school, Genevieve volunteered as a Law Clerk at the Contra Costa County, San Mateo County and San Francisco District Attorney Offices. Genevieve was a NAPIPA Scholarship Award Recipient in 2017.

BOARD MEMBER
THIENVU HO

Deputy District Attorney
Sacramento County

 

Thienvu Ho is an Assistant Chief Deputy D.A. for Sacramento County. He has been an attorney for 23 years. In that time, he has successfully prosecuted sexual assault, gang,  homicide cases and serial killers. He currently overseas the Justice and Community Relations Bureau which handles post-conviction litigation, training, community prosecution and media outreach. He has previously taught for CDAA on “Voir Dire in Sexual Assault and Homicide Cases,” P.O.S.T instruction and is currently an adjunct professor for trial advocacy at McGeorge School of Law. He is the former Vice President of NAPIPA’s Northern California Chapter. In 2017, he was presented with both the NAPIPA and Sacramento District Attorney’s Office Prosecutor of the Year Award. He also successfully prosecuted the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer, who committed 13 murders and over 50 sexual assaults in 11 different jurisdictions throughout California.

BOARD MEMBER

JENNIFER OW

Deputy District Attorney

Placer County

 

Jennifer Ow is an Assistant DA in Placer County.  She has been a prosecutor for 25 years.  She was born and raised in Hawaii and began her career at the Honolulu Prosecutor’s Office.  In 1999, she relocated to California and joined the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.  Jennifer was assigned to the Sexual Assault unit before being promoted to Deputy in Charge of the Redwood City Branch.  Jennifer and her family moved to Placer County in 2012.  She worked at the Nevada County District Attorney’s office until 2016, when she was hired by the Placer County DA’s office.  Jennifer was initially assigned to the Sexual Assault unit and was eventually promoted to the Supervisor in charge of the Misdemeanor Unit, a position she held until being selected as an Assistant District Attorney under District Attorney Morgan Gire.      

BOARD MEMBER
JASON PECK

Deputy District Attorney
Contra Costa County

BOARD MEMBER
JENCY BRESKA

Deputy District Attorney
San Francisco County

 

Jency is an Assistant District Attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. She is an alum of Santa Clara University and UC Hastings School of Law and started her career as a prosecutor as a DDA for the Contra Costa County DA’s Office. She has been with the SFDA since 2018 and is currently assigned to the General Felonies Unit. In her spare time, Jency enjoys the outdoors and Warriors basketball.

BOARD MEMBER
DANIEL CHUNG

Deputy District Attorney
Santa Clara County

 

Daniel Chung is a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County specializing in violent felonies. Prior to working as a prosecutor in Silicon Valley, Daniel was an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where he specialized in felony gun crimes. Daniel received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his A.B. from Harvard College.   

BOARD MEMBER

DESHAWN MADHA

Deputy District Attorney

San Mateo County

Deshawn Madha is serving in his ninth year as a Deputy District Attorney at the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. Deshawn currently works in the Elder Abuse Unit, where he prosecutes serious physical and financial abuse against vulnerable populations, including elders and dependent adults.  Deshawn earned his law degree from UC Hastings in San Francisco and is a proud alumnus of UC San Diego.  In his spare time, Deshawn coaches High School Mock Trial.  

BOARD MEMBER
SAMUEL LUZADAS, JR.

Deputy District Attorney
Stanislaus County

 

Samuel Luzadas, Jr. is a Deputy District Attorney with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.  Samuel graduated from Golden Gate University, School of Law in 2010 and began working with Stanislaus County in 2011.  He previously served in the Domestic Violence Unit and is currently assigned to the Gang Unit.  Samuel also previously taught Trial Advocacy at Golden Gate University.

BOARD MEMBER
HANHI TRAN

Deputy District Attorney
Santa Clara County

 

HaNhi L. Tran currently serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 2006 and her Law Degree from UCLA in 2010. HaNhi joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2012, where she has worked on the Major Narcotics Vendor Prosecution Unit, Family Violence Unit, and the Community Prosecution Unit. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s Office, HaNhi served as a C.V. Starr Lecturer of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law, in Shenzhen, China.

Office representative

ABEL HUNG

Assistant District Attorney

Santa Cruz County

 

Abel started his career at the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office in 2003 where he remained for approximately 8 years. In 2011, Abel joined the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office where he is currently the senior ADA in the Narcotics Unit and assigned to the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team (S.C.C.A.C.T.)  In addition to his prosecutorial duties, he is an active instructor having taught courses on search warrants, confidential informants, and narcotics investigations to numerous prosecutors and law enforcement officers.  

office representative

MELISSA BEGLEY

Deputy District Attorney

Placer County

Office representative

SARAH MA

Deputy District Attorney

Monterey County

 

Sarah Ma is a deputy district attorney at the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in the Filing Unit.  She graduated from Wellesley College in 2005 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Classics.  She received her law degree from Santa Clara University in 2009.  Ms. Ma has been with Monterey County since 2011, where she has served the Misdemeanor Unit, the Juvenile Unit, the Child and Sexual Assault Unit and the Gang Unit.

Office representative

Ed LIANG

Deputy District Attorney

Santa Clara County

 

Edward Liang is currently a deputy district attorney at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office in the Gang Unit.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 with a B.A. in Economics.  He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2010.  Mr. Liang has been with the office since 2012, where he has served in the South County office, the Family Violence Unit, the Central Misdemeanor Unit, the Narcotics Unit, the Major Vendor Narcotics Prosecution Unit, and the Violent Felonies Unit.

Office representative

KENNY NGUYEN

Deputy District Attorney

Nevada County

 

Kenny Nguyen received his J.D. at UC Hastings and B.A. at UCLA. He currently works at the Nevada County District Attorney's Office. Kenny was a NAPIPA scholarship recipient in 2017. 

OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE

VANESSA WONG

Deputy District Attorney

Fresno County

Nor Cal Endorsement Committee

Shinmee Chang (San Mateo County ADA)

Jency Breska (San Francisco County DDA)

Paul Jhin (Santa Clara County DDA)

Jennifer Ow (Placer County DDA)

Jason Peck (Contra Costa County DDA)

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