Sustainable Sonoma was conceived by Sonoma Ecology Center to achieve a common agenda for the Valley that most of the community can support. In the early stages, Sonoma Ecology Center led in building the Sustainable Sonoma partnerships, primarily with the Chamber of Commerce and La Luz. Over time, the founding partners have become just a few of the many interests at the table. As Sustainable Sonoma matures, it will take on its own identity—a standalone staff, independent funding—so that it belongs to the whole community, not any particular organization.
Sustainable Sonoma Council
The Sustainable Sonoma Council represents all the interests in the Sonoma Valley community, and identifies areas of shared agreement among those interests. Agreements could include priority issues to work together on, or shared intentions for the future of the community. The learning and trust developed among the Sustainable Sonoma Council should, over time, produce multiple alignments around community needs. These areas of agreement will then produce tangible positive change in the community by creating allies and solutions that involve multiple sectors—solutions that could not have been achieved without aligning diverse interests.
See the roster of Sustainable Sonoma Council members and alternates here.
You will find Sustainable Sonoma Council meeting agendas, minutes and materials here.
The Steering Committee governs the operations of Sustainable Sonoma, including directing staff. The Steering Committee is charged with operational oversight, including budget, HR, and driving the strategic planning for growth and success of Sustainable Sonoma. Its members make decisions using practical consensus, promote Sustainable Sonoma, and keep Sustainable Sonoma true to its mission, vision, and values.
Richard Dale, Executive Director, Sonoma Ecology Center.. Interests represented: Environment, economy health. Affiliations: Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Health Round Table, SDC Coalition.
Gary Saperstein, Co-founder, Out in the Vineyard. Interests represented: tourism, business, LGBTQ.
Cynthia Scarborough, Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, Vintage House, retired ED. Interests represented: Senior services, health.
Veronica Vences, Associate Executive Director, La Luz Center. Interests represented: Latino, Spanish-speaking community members.
Health Action Community Engagement Manager
Read the full purpose, governance and charter of Sustainable Sonoma here.