At the young age of 30, Sal Chavez has already launched a restaurant and a spirits distribution business and has been elected board chair of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District. In 2009, while completing his economics degree at Sonoma State University, Chavez collaborated with his parents to open Picazo Cafe, a hot spot in Sonoma Valley where business is bustling and locals frequently bump into someone they know. One customer he became friendly with was Camerino Hawing, a UCLA-educated Sonoma County architect and native of Mexico, who after seven years was resigning early from his post as a trustee on the Sonoma Valley school board. In 2012, at age 26, he took the leap and applied for what was at first an appointed position replacing Hawing. He interviewed with the board and was chosen over a man decades older, with a lifetime of experience in the business world.