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Planning Commissioner Biographies

The Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints five planning commissioners, each representing a district of the County.

Trung “Joe” Q. Ha is the Senior Vice President of AmpCo Contracting, Inc., a general engineering contractor specializing in environmental, demolition, and earthwork. He has worked in the construction and real estate development industry for over thirty years with developers and general contractors throughout California.

Mr. Ha is a graduate from Fullerton College with an Associates of Arts degree in Architecture, and from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. He holds a Class “A” General Engineering license with the State of California.

Joe, his wife Victoria, and two daughters are residents of Westminster since 2001. He was appointed to the Planning Commission by the 1st District Supervisor Andrew Do in November 2015.

Maria Ceja is an Orange County native, born and raised in the City of Santa Ana, and currently residing in the City of Anaheim. Maria has been involved in community volunteering in her hometown since 2018, advocating for housing and tenant rights and protections, public transportation focusing on bus rider conditions, and active transportation. She attended Santa Ana College and then transferred to Cal State Long Beach where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2019. After graduating, Maria began graduate school at the University of California, Irvine, and received her Master's in Urban and Regional Planning in 2021. Maria currently works in the private sector, working for a consulting firm supporting jurisdictions across the state of California with planning-related matters.

In her personal life, Maria enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and hiking, among many other joys life has to offer.

Kevin G. Rice is an attorney with his offices in Fullerton. With over twenty years in private practice, his focus is on probate law and estate planning, as well as probate and general civil litigation. Prior to this, he was a public affairs consultant.

Mr. Rice attended Orange High School and graduated from Cal. State University, Fullerton with a degree in Political Science and later graduated from Western State University, College of Law.

Mr. Rice serves as a hearing officer and Member of the Orange County Assessment Appeals Board as well as a member of the “Citizens Advisory Committee” for the East Orange County Water District. He spent many years as a little league and softball coach as well as being the President of the Orange/Villa Park Girls Softball League. He is also active in the Boy Scouts of America and serves as a merit badge counselor.

Kevin and his wife Laura have resided in Cowan Heights since 2003. He was appointed to the Planning Commission by 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer in May of 2016.

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Dave Bartlett is the Vice-President of Land Entitlement for Brookfield Properties Development. Over the past 30 years, he has guided the successful entitlements of many residential, mixed-use and commercial development projects throughout southern California. He joined the Brookfield team in 2004 and is currently oversees entitlements and pre-development for Brookfield’s Land and Housing operations in Southern California. 

Dave is past president of the Building Industry Association of Orange County and the current President of the Building Industry of Southern California. Mr. Bartlett is also the incoming Chair of the Orange County Business Council and currently serves as a member of the Orange County Planning Commission, representing the Fifth District. 

Dave attended the University of Arizona, in Tucson and obtained a liberal arts degree in Geography and Regional Development, with an emphasis in urban planning. 

Dave and his wife Anne Marie have three daughters and have lived and enjoyed life in Orange County for over 30 years.