Jon Wizard is a longtime resident of the Central Coast who has lived and worked in each part of Assembly District 30. His family came to the Monterey Bay when Jon’s father transferred from Coronado Island and accepted a job at the Naval Postgraduate School. A commitment to public service runs deeply in Jon’s family. His grandparents spent a lifetime dedicated to the education of others—his grandmother was an English teacher and his grandfather was a local superintendent—and Jon’s mother worked with developmentally disabled adults in Pacific Grove. All of this instilled in Jon the values of serving the community and working to uplift and empower others.
Soon after high school, Jon worked hard to begin his career in public service while at the same time continuing his education. Through his time spent as a firefighter, 911 dispatcher, and later a police officer and deputy sheriff, Jon experienced firsthand the valuable role community colleges play in vocational training when he attended public safety academies at Monterey Peninsula College and Allan Hancock College. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree at San José State University and, wanting to gain a better understanding of the community he worked in, Jon earned a Master’s in Humanities from Cal State Dominguez Hills. After more than a decade as a first responder, Jon’s career in public safety was cut short by several injuries; however, he was not deterred from continuing his commitment to serving the community.
Motivated by his experiences in public safety, which often meant interacting with people experiencing homelessness, Jon continued his public service by working to bring housing solutions to Monterey County and the City of Seaside. He was appointed to the Monterey County Planning Commission by Supervisor Jane Parker in 2017 before successfully running for Seaside City Council in 2018 where he’s been a champion for creating affordable housing opportunities from day one. At the same time he served on the Seaside City Council, Jon worked for Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay building homes in Santa Cruz County. Jon also serves as the chair of the Housing Authority of the County of Monterey, which manages properties in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Jon has dedicated his life to serving people across Assembly District 30 and is excited about the opportunity to continue serving the people of the district as their representative in Sacramento.
Through his hands-on experience in housing, Jon has worked to move projects like Campus Town forward, a new development that will bring housing and economic opportunity to Seaside. And just weeks after being sworn in to the City Council, Jon convened a town hall and led the effort to establish Casa de Noche Buena, a first-of-its-kind shelter on the Monterey Peninsula that provides temporary housing and wraparound services for women and children who are experiencing homelessness. Jon was also a leader during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing the eviction moratorium to protect tenants from losing their homes and also working with tenants and property owners to access funds available through California’s rent relief program.
In a region home to iconic coastlines and old-growth forests that bring millions of visitors every year, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Assembly District 30 especially hard. Jon Wizard will be a champion for our community in Sacramento to ensure that our region gets the resources it needs to support a strong economic recovery. That means taking bold action to protect our communities from the effects of sea level rise, wildfire, and drought, as well as working with stakeholders to identify new opportunities for greater economic stability, such as innovations in the aviation industry and supporting green energy projects. Jon will champion greater economic opportunities that are necessary for a thriving community and that will help rebuild an economy ravaged by the pandemic. Jon will continue to fight for residents of Assembly District 30 to obtain the California Dream and for more housing opportunities for our seniors, veterans, teachers, and families so they can continue to call the Central Coast their home.
Today, Jon lives in Seaside with his fiancée Jessica and two stepsons, Ashton and Tristan. Jessica is an acute-care nurse at the community hospital and a Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board Trustee. Jon now works as the policy director for a housing nonprofit that supports residents in California cities and counties who want to see more safe, decent, and affordable housing opportunities throughout their communities.