Members for the Equity Working Committee within Permit Sonoma Announced

Membership for the county’s new Equity Working Committee have been announced. Permit Sonoma announced the 20 people on the committee which will help shape land-use planning through an equity lens. They include outgoing Vice-Mayor of Windsor Esther Lemus, Herman Henrnadez of Los Cien, and Evette Minor of the United Women’s Group and the Sonoma County Black Forum. The committee will advise Permit Sonoma in key policy efforts such as the Environmental Justice and Safety Element updates to the General Plan. The committee will also assist in identifying ways to improve community engagement with fire prevention grant programs.

Members of the working group are as follows:
Member Affiliation(s) Membership Role
Eddie Estrada Social Worker Member of disadvantaged community, Census Tract 6097153200 (unincorporated southwest Santa Rosa)
Fred Allebach Sonoma Valley Housing Group District 1
Zahyra Garcia Petaluma Pride Board of Directors District 2
Evette Minor United Women’s Group; Sonoma County Black Forum District 3
Dr. Morgan Marchbanks Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation District 4
Alina Matutes Haigler FireSafe Guerneville, President District 5
Mario Castillo North Bay Organizing Project Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Kendall Jarvis Legal Aid of Sonoma County Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Thalia Becerril Graton Day Labor Center Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Alma Shaw Sonoma Ecology Center Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Herman J. Hernandez Los Cien Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Greg Sitter Conservation Corps North Bay Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Jeanette Pantoja Sonoma COAD Nonprofit/Community-based organization
Collin Thoma Disability Services and Legal Center Representative of persons with disabilities
Madonna Feather-Cruz Graton Rancheria Tribal member
Reynalda Cruz Student Youth member at large
Ramon F. Meraz Generation Housing Member at large
Paulina López Sonoma County Human Rights Commission; North Bay Jobs with Justice; Sunrise Movement Member at large
Esther Lemus Moorland Neighborhood Action Team Member at large