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Sonoma County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Colleen Shea Fernald

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Sebastopol

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I'm passionate about creating an inheritable future. Here's some highlights...

In 2001 I joined the Sustainable Sebastopol Salon, and began attending City Council meetings. From that, I became Founder/Coordinator of the Sebastopol Sustainability Conference & Festival, which took place in 2002 and 2003.

In 2004, I partnered with the Producers of the Health & Harmony Festival to evolve this event into the North Bay EcoFest.

In addition to those events, I have applied my event production skills to: The Creativity Cafe, Children's Interactive Expo, the New Living Expo, Harmony Festival, and the Sonoma County Watershed Day.

Non-profit work includes: 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Russian River Watershed Council; former Board member for the Graton Community Projects, and Project Manager for pollution prevention projects; member of the Sonoma County Water Coalition, the West County Watershed Network, and RRWC representative for the Salmon Coalition.

I was selected by then Santa Rosa Mayor, Jane Bender, to serve on the Climate Protection Campaign's Community Climate Action Plan. Previously, I have done research for the Climate Protection Campaign.

While I was a member of the Graton Community Projects, and also working for the Graton CSD, I initiated a grant request for Prop. 50 funds which resulted in receiving $650,000 for the GCSD. I've been involved in the GCSD's groundwater management plan.

I have served as a citizen lobbyist for water quantity and quality issues on the local, State and Federal level, I attend many regional Water Advisory Committee meetings, sometimes the Santa Rosa's PUC meetings, most of the Salmon Coalition, State Water Board in-stream flow and frost protection meetings, many RWQCB and a few State Water Board meetings on water and watershed protection issues.

I have been attending most Sebastopol and Santa Rosa City Council meetings, along with the Sonoma Country Board of Supervisors meetings for the last 8 years; in order to learn how to refine, and work to influence important public policies for our region and nation.

On the political front, I wanted to raise the bar with regard to sustainability for Sonoma County as a whole, and entered the Board of Supervisors race in the 1st District in 2008. After meeting with another candidate, Will Pier, I dropped out and helped launch his campaign which has assisted him to be in the runoff this November and nearly defeat the incumbent.

I have been a paid to assist the campaigns for: Dennis Kucinch, No Lowe's big box development for Cotati, and GE Free Sonoma County.

My family's container garden is in the 350 Garden Challenge. I have been joyfully nourishing my family with it's bounty.

Want to support creating an inheritable future too? Please consider donating to:

Friends of Colleen Fernald for Sebastopol City Council

PO Box 3007 Santa Rosa, Ca 95402



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