DA Rosen Chooses Veteran Prosecutor as New Top Manager Women Now Make Up Half of All Assistant DAs

For release on December 21, 2021

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DA Rosen Chooses Veteran Prosecutor as New Top Manager
Women Now Make Up Half of All Assistant DAs

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen today announced his appointment of veteran prosecutor Angela Bernhard as one of the Office’s top managers.

Ms. Bernhard, who joined the Office in 1998, has served for three years as the Office’s Chief Trial Deputy and the supervisor of the Homicide Unit. She will join DA Rosen’s team of six Assistant District Attorneys. ADAs oversee multiple teams in the Office and serve as DA Rosen’s innermost circle of advisors and legal experts. Her appointment increases the current number of women ADAs to three – the highest number in the Office’s long history.

District Attorney Jeff Rosen said: “Angela has pursued our mission of public safety with a single-minded dedication, the deepest empathy for victims, and an unwavering sense of fairness. She is an inspirational, powerful leader. She is the kind of public servant that our community and I are lucky to rely upon for the most demanding of jobs – the safety of our families and friends.”

Also making history in the largest district attorney’s office in Northern California, is prosecutor Daniel Okonkwo. Mr. Okonkwo – who has been the supervisor of the Complaints Unit - will replace Bernhard as the Office’s Chief Trial Deputy. Mr.  Okonkwo, a Stanford-educated prosecutor in this Office for more than 27 years, is the first African American to hold the executive management position.

The CTD serves as a liaison between the office and judges, law enforcement. The CTD also helps manage and oversee criminal trials.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky said: “These appointments reflect a diverse prosecutor’s office determined to show that fairness and public safety go hand-in-hand.”

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