Juan P. Rodriguez
Civil Rights Officer
Juan is the County of Monterey’s Civil Rights Officer. He works with the Board of Supervisors, County employees, and recipients of County services to ensure the County follows the principles of its Civil Rights Ordinance and related policies, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Juan knows that the County derives its strength from the diversity of its population. In order to better serve our community, Juan believes that the County’s workforce should reflect the population that it serves. He believes strongly that we should strive for equity in all County operations, both internally and externally.
Juan became the County’s Equal Opportunity Officer – now Civil Rights Officer – in 2016. He is enjoying serving the residents of Monterey County in this capacity.
Juan is a member of the County’s first cohort of the the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) Training. He holds a certificate from the Association of Workplace Investigators Training Institute and completed the Core Mediation Skills Training Course from the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management.
Juan holds a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California and a juris doctor degree from the University of San Francisco. Recently, he obtained a Master of Arts in History from San Jose State University. Juan is licensed to practice law in California and in Mexico.
Colleen Beye is an Associate Equal Opportunity Analyst who supports strategic planning, policy, and implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 across County departments and the community.
Colleen believes that diverse and inclusive organizations are more creative, have happier employees, and can better serve their constituents.
Colleen’s most difficult and rewarding professional experience was serving in the Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she spent two years living near Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and facilitated communication between the community, local government, and a major tourism company.
Colleen is trained in racial equity, project management, and community engagement.
Colleen holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Cultural Competency in End-of-Life Care from the University of North Florida. She speaks a little bit of Spanish.
Gabriel Dueñas joined Monterey County in 2018 as an Associate Equal Opportunity Analyst. Gabriel manages the County’s civil rights training programs and Equal Opportunity Plan.
Gabriel has advocated for equal opportunities for underserved communities in the not-for-profit, Higher Education, and Government sectors his entire professional career. He is passionate about tapping into and cultivating talent in underrepresented populations.
Prior to Monterey County, Gabriel worked at NASA Ames Research Center as an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist in the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity as well as Coordinator of the Minority University Research Education Project in the Office of STEM Engagement.
Gabriel received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley, Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Gavilán College, and graduate coursework in Applied Anthropology from San José State University.
Equal Opportunity Analyst
With the County since 1996
Main duties: investigations, Civil Rights trainings
Rocio Quezada is an Administrative Secretary-Confidential who supports the Civil Rights Officer and Analysts, manages day-to-day communications and administrative tasks for the Office, and is the staff contact for the Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission, and the Commission on Disabilities.
Rocio has served Monterey County since 2008, in which she worked as a Senior Secretary in the Resource Management Agency. She joined the Equal Opportunity—now Civil Rights Office—in 2015.
Rocio believes in the importance of promoting a workplace free of discrimination and harassment; in which all employees can be in a welcoming and enjoyable environment.
Rocio is recognized countywide for her excellent customer service and has lived in Monterey County her entire life.
Elyse Rivas is an Associate Civil Rights Analyst who works across County Departments to ensure compliance with the County’s Equal Opportunity Plan and Civil Rights Ordinance, including investigating and resolving complaints of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment and providing trainings in the areas of equal opportunity.
Elyse believes in the mission of civil rights, and is dedicated to promoting, creating, and protecting safe and inclusive work places for all employees at Monterey County.
Elyse’s prior work experience with California Rural Legal Assistance and California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) exposed her to a wide array of issues dealing with employment rights and law. As an Enforcement Investigator with DFEH, she analyzed employee complaints under the standard of the Fair and Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). She communicated the civil rights law to complainants and respondents, identified potential violations via intensive investigation, and worked with parties to remedy problems in the workplace through continued education and training.
Elyse holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from Bard College. She is an avid Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors fan.