Meet my staff

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David Gray
Chief of Staff

Email - Phone: (510) 620-6527

David Gray is a native of New Orleans, LA. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Master of Public Policy and earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology, Social Policy and Practice, and Urban Studies from Tulane University. Prior to becoming Mayor Butt’s Chief of Staff, David was the mayor’s Director of Projects and Programs, where he facilitated business and economic development, crime reduction, education, food access, poverty-alleviation and public health initiatives. David’s academic and professional background afforded him much experience in public policy analysis, community development, non-profit management, and social entrepreneurship.
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Alex Knox
Director of Policy and Strategy

Email - Phone: (510) 621-1302 (Se habla Español) 
Press: contact for media inquiries 
Contact for all LGBTQ and Gender Identity related issues

Roles and Responsibilities:
Housing Policy, Branding and Marketing Initiative, Land Use and Development, Environmental Sustainability, LGBTQ and Gender Identity issues, Point Molate Development, Community Events and Volunteer opportunities.

Alex Knox is a Richmond native and served as the lead coordinator for the Tom Butt for Mayor campaign. He is half Hispanic and fluent in Spanish and intermediate German. He graduated from Guilford College with a BA in Political Science. While in school he served as a steering committee member of the student government and was a key organizer for an annual college access conference geared towards Latino high school students.In the summer of '09 he worked as an intern at former Congressman George Miller's D.C. office. Alex was recently elected as an Assembly District Delegate to the CA Democratic Party as an advocate for increased civic engagement from youth and in emerging populations.
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Christopher Whitmore
Director of Community Engagement

Email - Phone: (510) 620-6502

Christopher Whitmore is a Richmond native and has aspired to serve his community through public service since childhood. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Law from Webster University in St. Louis, MO in 2014, and worked as an intern in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C before returning home to Richmond. Before joining Mayor Tom Butt’s staff, Christopher was the Outreach Coordinator for West County in the Office of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. 

Irene Perdomo
Director of Projects and Programs
Email - Phone: (510) 620-6548

Irene Perdomo is a Richmond native and joined Mayor Tom Butt’s office as a student intern. Born to Salvadorean parents, she is fluent in Spanish and enjoys teaching her 3 year old daughter about their heritage. Irene joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 2006 and was recently promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and serves Marines at a logistics unit in San Jose, CA.  Irene is also pursuing an Urban Studies and Planning Degree at San Francisco State University.