Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Advisory Committee

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The District’s Advisory Committee is comprised of 17 members representing specific designations: two appointed by each County Supervisor, three representing the Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association, and one each representing agriculture, the environment, real estate or property appraisal, and business. While solely advisory, the Committee offers opinions and makes recommendations at the request of the District’s Board of Directors or its General Manager. The Committee also reviews and advises on real property transactions, provides broad-based citizen input on District operations, and acts as ambassadors for the District.

Current Advisory Committee members:

Jan McFarland, Fairhaven Institute | First District
Kristin Thigpen, Thigpen Marketing & Project Management | First District
Steve Rabinowitsh, Santa Rosa Junior College | Third District
Elly Grogan, Community Foundation Sonoma County | Third District
Bill Smith, Retired Codding Enterprises Legal Counsel | Fourth District
Doug Lipton, Healdsburg SHED | Fourth District
Jeffrey Holtzman, Retired Deputy District Attorney – Sonoma County Environmental & Consumer Law Division | Fifth District
John Nagle | Fifth District
David Cook, Sonoma City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
John Dell’Osso (Chair), Cotati City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
Neysa Hinton, Sebastopol City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
Curt Nichols (Chair Pro Tem), Carlile Macy | Business
Don McEnhill (Vice Chair), Russian Riverkeeper | Environment
Cary Fargo, Vanguard Properties | Real Estate
Regan Connell, Montgomery High School | Youth member

Advisory Committee meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at the District office. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to address the Committee on matters of public interest.

Agendas & Approved Minutes