Welcome to our new Advisory Committee youth members!

Welcome to our new Advisory Committee youth members!

September 26, 2019

Posted in: People & Places

Welcome to our new Advisory Committee youth members!

Ag + Open Space is happy to welcome our two new Advisory Committee Youth Members. Austin Maners and Alex Wood joined in September and we’re looking forward to the impact their perspectives will have on our work. 

New Advisory Committee youth members, Austin Manners (left) and Alex Wood (right).

Austin Maners is a senior at Analy High School in Sebastopol. Austin has been active with 4-H since he was nine years old, and is passionate about the rearing and showing of sheep. Last year, as the Sebastopol FFA and Sonoma Section FFA President, Austin served as a Committee Chair at the California State FFA Convention. Austin has enjoyed traveling the country with 4-H and FFA, and plans to study agriculture in college. Austin is excited to support Ag + Open Space by getting more local youth involved with our work, especially youth that aren’t already involved with agriculture. 

Alex Wood graduated from Santa Clara University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing, and a minor in Spanish. Last year, Alex was a Sustainability and Zero Waste Fellow with the City of San Rafael. As a Fellow, Alex worked on a project to address illegal waste dumping, led a reusable mug campaign, and drafted zero-waste programs for a variety of Marin-based organizations. Alex brings enthusiasm for community engagement and communications, and a passion for local food systems, to Ag + Open Space. 

Summary: Ag + Open Space is excited to welcome two new Advisory Committee youth members, Austin Maners and Alex Wood! Austin is a senior at Analy High School and has been active with 4-H since he was nine years old, where he’s been able to grow his passion for the rearing and showing of sheep. Alex graduated from Santa Clara University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing and was recently a Sustainability and Zero Waste Fellow with the City of San Rafael. We know both will bring invaluable insights to our work and we’re grateful for their commitment.