The Ag + Open Space Advisory Committee is comprised of 19 members representing specific designations: two appointed by each County Supervisor, three representing the Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association, two youth members, 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 Ag + Open Space Board of Directors or its General Manager. The Committee also reviews and advises on real property transactions, provides broad-based citizen input on Ag + Open Space operations, and acts as ambassadors for Ag + Open Space.

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Current Advisory Committee members:

Jan McFarland, Fairhaven Institute | First District
Kristina Tierney, City of Sonoma | First District
Paul Martin, Martin Family Ranch | Second District
Sue Conley, Cowgirl Creamery (Retired) | Second District
Michelle Whitman (Chair), Renewal Enterprise District | Third District
Steve Rabinowitsh, Santa Rosa Junior College | Third District
Bill Smith, Codding Enterprises Legal Counsel (Retired) | Fourth District
Jesus Guzman, Corazón Healdsburg | Fourth District
John Nagle | Fifth District
Wendy Eliot, Sonoma Land Trust (Retired) | Fifth District
Brian Barnacle, Petaluma City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
Neysa Hinton, Sebastopol City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
Ariel Kelley, Healdsburg City Council | Mayors and Councilmembers
Tawny Tesconi, Sonoma County Farm Bureau | Agriculture
Curt Nichols (Chair Pro Tem), Carlile Macy | Business
Don McEnhill (Vice-Chair), Russian Riverkeeper | Environment
Cary Fargo, Vanguard Properties | Real Estate
Vacant | Youth
Vacant | Youth

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Advisory Committee meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month. Meetings are being held virtually for the time being. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings to address the Committee on matters of public interest.