Meet Our Staff

We’re Here To Serve You

My staff assistants hold the foundation of the District Five office together. They are in daily communication with community representatives and constituents, addressing the needs of our district along the way. They are accessible and committed to their positions; they are here to serve you.


Keith Bagwell, Executive Assistant

Keith Bagwell became Richard’s executive assistant in early 2002 after a 23-year career as an Arizona newspaper journalist and two years working on election campaigns, writing on a free-lance basis, and working with labor unions.Keith Bagwell

He is co-chair of the National Writers Union Tucson Chapter, is on the Arizona AFL-CIO General Board, is the Sierra Club Rincon Group Conservation Chair, and is on the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Executive Committee. He is a precinct committeeman for the Pima County Democratic Party.

As a newspaperman, his assignments included 12 years as The Arizona Daily Star’s environmental reporter, five years covering the Arizona Legislature and state government in Phoenix for the Scottsdale Progress and United Press International, and stints covering city halls, courts, county governments,and on general assignment.

Keith has degrees from the University of Arizona and in his spare time reads, plays bridge and is a baseball nut. He is married to Carolyn Trowbridge and has a step daughter and three granddaughters.

E-mail Keith here or give him a call at 520-724-8126.

­Caitlin Jensen, Special Staff Assistant

Caitlin Jensen joins the District Five office after five years of service as the caitlin jensenMarketing and Public Relations Manager at the Downtown Tucson Partnership.

Caitlin was named a “Up and Comer” by Inside Tucson Business in 2013, she is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Festivals and Events Association of Tucson and Southern Arizona (FEATSAZ), and is on the Board of the Tucson Presidio Trust.

Caitlin is a 2nd generation Tucsonan, enjoys community engagement, and loves tending her urban garden in central Tucson.

Contact Caitlin by email or by phone at 520-724.8126.

Marjava Ramirez, Special Staff Assistantmarjava

Marjava Ramirez is a Special Staff Assistant to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías. She is the first point of contact for our constituents and departments, and she oversees administrative duties in the District Five office. She is fluent in Spanish.

Marjava is a native Tucsonan and has worked for Pima County for five years. She was an Administrative Support Specialist at the Pima County Housing Center before joining the District Five team. Marjava is President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU,) where she is a strong labor-union advocate.

Marjava attended Pima Community College where she received her certification for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machine Operator. She enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys the outdoors, swimming, camping, and fishing, and is a big fan of the Arizona Cardinals football team. She is married to Santiago Ramirez and has three sons – Santiago III, Luis and Julian Ramirez.

E-mail Marjava here or give her a call at 520-724-8126.

Andrés Cano, Special Staff Assistant

Andrés Cano is a Special Staff Assistant to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías. He oversandresees District 5's neighborhood outreach, media relations, and community partnerships.  

A native Tucsonan, Andrés, 25, began his career in public service in high school, when he was appointed to chair the Arizona Governor's Youth Commission by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

Andrés is the first in his family to graduate from college. He graduated cum laude from Arizona State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism.

Andrés is a former President of the Young Democrats of Arizona, a scholar of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

In 2015, Andrés was awarded the prestigious Henry "Hank" Oyama 'Community Leadership Award' by Amistades, Inc.

In 2016, Andrés was named Equality Arizona's 'Emerging Leader.'

Andrés became the youngest and first Latino award recipient of the Center for the Future of Arizona's 'Emerging Leader' Award in 2016.

He is a graduate of the Human Rights Campaign's HIV360 Fellowship, made possible by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Andrés is involved in several grassroots initiatives to advance the quality of life in Southern Arizona. He is Honorary Chair of the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee, Chair of the Legislative District 3 Democratic Committee, and is Vice Chair of the Planned Parenthood Arizona Board of Directors.

In his spare time, Andrés enjoys taking care of his three godchildren: Adrian, Joshua, and Belle.

E-mail Andrés here or give him a call at 520-724-8126.

Aiselyn Anaya, Summer Youth Intern Aieslyn

Aiselyn Anaya is a 2017 Summer Youth Intern in the District Five office. Aieslyn is in her junior year at Amphitheater High School.

She has been interested in government since third grade, and her favorite music genre is rock.

You can reach Aiselyn here.
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Supervisor Richard Elías

Pima County, Arizona
District 5

130 W. Congress St. 11th Fl.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone: (520) 724-8126
Fax: (520) 884-1152

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