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Board Members

Meet our Attorneys

Aron DeFerrari

Aron DeFerrari

Title

President

What unit are they currently in?

Homicide

How long a DA?

16 years

Hobbies?

Car Repair / Restoration

Why they want to serve on the board?

I want to assure that the District Attorney’s Office I consider my home continues to thrive into the future by securing competitive compensation for our current and future attorneys. Without compensation that makes our office competitive with other DA’s Offices in the region we will continue to lose talented attorneys that make our office the great place that it truly is.

Jay Melaas

Jay Melaas

Title

Vice President

What unit are they currently in?

Sexual Assault Unit

How long a DA?

12 years

Hobbies?

Spending time with family, Outdoor Sports

Why they want to serve on the board?

I serve on this board to represent the interest of all association members. This includes advocating for pay that is commensurate with similar counties and reflective of the important work these attorneys do to keep this community safe.

Devon Bell

Devon Bell

Title

Secretary

What unit are they currently in?

Sexual Assault Unit

How long a DA?

12 years

Hobbies?

Running, Fitness and Travel

Why they want to serve on the board?

Recruitment and retention of top prosecutors is vital to the protection of Contra Costa County. I serve on the District Attorneys’ Association Board to ensure that the interests of our attorneys are represented and our voices are heard, allowing us to focus our energies on the fight for justice inside the courtroom.

 

Steve Bolen

Steve Bolen

Title

Representative  -Over 10 years

What unit are they currently in?

Brady Alert List Deputy

How long a DA?

29 years

Hobbies?

SF Giants season-ticket holder, hiking, gardening

Why they want to serve on the board?

I want to represent those prosecutors who have dedicated their careers to protecting the citizens of our county as demonstrated by their longevity and accomplishments.  The institutional memory and experience of this group is highly valuable to our county and should be compensated accordingly.  We must be vigilant in advocating for and defending the benefits we bargained for as career public servants.

 

Stephanie Kang

Stephanie Kang

Title

Representative – Three to Ten Years

What unit are they currently in?

Felony Domestic Violence

How long a DA?

6 years

Hobbies?

Netflix marathons, foodie adventures, and traveling.

Why they want to serve on the board?

I have so much respect for my colleagues who work tirelessly to protect our communities.  I am honored to serve as a representative for our prosecutors who have 3-10 years of experience and ensure our interests are heard.  It’s important that we prioritize our commitment to recruit, teach, and retain the best prosecutors.  I believe we can do so by advocating for both fair and competitive salaries as well as policies that promote a positive and supportive work environment.

 

Saron Tesfai

Saron Tesfai

Title

Treasurer

What unit are they currently in?

Juvenile

How long a DA?

4 years

Hobbies?

Snowboarding, cooking, jazz, piano

Why they want to serve on the board?
I want to serve on this Board to ensure that our positive impact in the community is appreciated and that our members receive fair compensation.  I want the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office to have a work atmosphere and attracts and retains the best attorneys in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Gillian Simmons

Gillian Simmons

Title

Representative – Contract

What unit are they currently in?

Misdemeanors 

How long a DA?

1 years

Hobbies?

Spending time with family,  reading, and Pilates 

Why they want to serve on the board?

I am honored to serve as the representative for our fixed-term attorneys. I look forward to being a voice for the new attorneys in our office and to ensuring that our unique perspectives are heard.