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I have been a resident of the Valley since 1989, and have devoted my time and expertise to the community in a variety of capacities over the past two decades.
I began my commitment to community service with the Verano Springs Association and the Springs Task Force Coordinating Committee, focusing on efforts to guide and encourage the redevelopment of Highway 12, and to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Water Supply and Delivery
Since then I have devoted much of my attention to water supply and delivery issues, serving as an elected director of the Valley of the Moon Water District for twelve years, retiring in 2013.
The District has pursued an aggressive capital improvement program in that time, replacing water lines, constructing two new reservoirs and two new wells, and seismically retrofitting our infrastructure, addressing several decades of neglect.
We managed to accomplish those goals with modest, incremental rate increases, and the District continues to offer the fifteenth-lowest rates of sixteen Bay Area water providers.
I also chaired the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Basin Advisory Panel since its inception in 2008, through 2013. Our broad coalition of community representatives has developed and agreed to a groundwater management plan that will help preserve this critical resource for future generations.
Land Use and Development
I am the longest-standing member of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission, reviewing significant land use and development projects in the Valley. The Commission has earned a well-regarded voice, making recommendations for improvements to proposed development projects in the First District as well as the City of Sonoma.
I served as an elected member of the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission for three years representing independent special districts. As a member of the Policy Committee, we streamlined Commission practices, and addressed issues related to the boundaries of cities in the County.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a double major in engineering, I pursued a long career with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. I am now a consultant working with utilities and information technology companies to spearhead strategic engagement on energy efficiency, demand response, and smart grid initiatives.
My wife Nicole and I have been blessed recently with our son Ryder, who we adopted from Richmond, Virginia.
My passion in public service is to ensure that our critical infrastructure, including physical systems like water and sanitation, and community safety capabilities, is properly managed for today and into the future. I hope to offer my skills and experience to help build a shared sense of community that will enable Sonoma County citizens and public agencies to jointly address long-term challenges and opportunities.