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Napa CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Amber Manfree

Geographer/Educator
3,869 votes (45.47%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve quality of life for Napa residents by ensuring water security, building affordable housing, and working on transportation issues
  • Address the climate crisis by shifting to carbon-neutral building design and transportation, creation of clean energy sources, and carbon banking through conservation
  • Bring an inclusive, data-driven approach to planning decisions to save money, make smarter decisions, and build community

Experience

Experience

Profession:Geographer/Educator
Cartography Consultant, Self (2018–current)
Instructor, University of California Davis Continuing and Professional Education (2017–2019)
Field Technician and GIS Analyst, Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation (2005–2007)
Marketing Director, Bookkeeper, Santa Rosa Community Market (1999–2006)

Education

University of California Davis Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Geography (2014)
University of California Davis Master of Arts (MA), Geography (2012)
Sonoma State University Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies (1999)

Community Activities

Board member, Protect Rural Napa (2012–2019)
Field biology project volunteer - various projects, University of California, Davis (2008–2018)
Outdoor education volunteer educator, Napa Resource Conservation District (2014–2015)

Biography

I grew up in rural Napa at the end of Soda Canyon Road. My mother is a wonderful artist and naturalist, and she instilled a deep appreciation for nature in me. My family of origin is blue collar; there are several electricians, a teacher, a nurse, people who worked in food service and the military.

I graduated from Vintage High in 1995, went to Sonoma State for Environmental Studies, and worked in Santa Rosa for many years. I've had a wide range of jobs, from Round Table pizza to Community Market, selling veggies at farmers markets, and working for environmental non-profits. 

At the suggestion of some wonderful mentors, I went to Graduate school at UC Davis for Geography, and became the first person in my family to earn an advanced degree. My areas of study were regional history, natural resources management, and map making. As a instructor with the UC, I taught hundreds of local and state agency employees how to better manage their projects. 

While I lived in Sonoma and Yolo counties, I frequently returned to visit family and help with property maintenance. This has allowed me to stay connected to the greater community, as well. I was a founding member of Protect Rural Napa and have been active in opposing remote winery event centers, and also in analyzing policy impacts for Measure C / the Water Quality Tree Portection Ordinance on behalf of Napa Valley Vintners and the Growers / Vintners for Responsible Ag. 

As a fifth generation Napan, I look forward to representing the interests or ordinary people, and planning for our future together. 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Growers/Vintners for Responsible Agriculture
  • Vision 2050
  • Protect Rural Napa

Elected Officials (3)

  • Amy Martenson
  • Tony Norris
  • Donald Williams

Individuals (67)

  • Tony Poer
  • Ron Rhyno
  • Shellie Rice
  • Guillermo Rosas
  • Genji Schmeder
  • Nadya Schmeder
  • Rachael Poer
  • Harris Nussbaum
  • Beth Nelsen
  • Draselle Muscatine
  • Dan Mufson
  • Gary Margadant
  • Norm Manzer
  • Linda Manzer
  • Chris Malan
  • John Scruby
  • Jacqueline Skoda
  • Susan Adams
  • Kristina Young
  • Shelle Wolfe
  • Sahoko Yui
  • Julia Winiarski
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Jim Wilson
  • Ernie Wilson
  • Charlotte Williams
  • Karen White
  • Jim Welsh
  • Neil Watter
  • Jobina Toh
  • Laure Tinthoff
  • Jill Thomas-Doyle
  • Ken Stanton
  • Tony MacCabe
  • Diana MacCabe
  • Kathy Felch
  • Roland Dumas
  • Elaine de Man
  • Patricia Damery
  • Tom Clark
  • Laurie Clark
  • Ermilita Bruce-Gulliksen
  • Joe Borreson
  • Sandy Booth
  • Iris Barrie
  • Israel Valencia
  • Kathryn Winter
  • Diane Shepp
  • Lauren Griffiths
  • Cynthia Grupp
  • Allison Hackett
  • Rich MacCabe
  • Dr. Cheryl Lynn de Werff
  • Julie Lazar
  • Jason Kishineff
  • Jim King
  • Andy Janik
  • Dotty Hopkins
  • Betsy Holzhauer
  • David Heitzman
  • Sheryl Hayworth
  • Sarrah Hackett
  • Ryan Hackett
  • Mike Hackett
  • Carolyn Hackett
  • Bradie Hackett

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm running for supervisor because I'm concerned about the direction of Napa County. Not enough is being done to address climate change, prevent the erosion of the Agricultural Preserve and Winery Definition Ordinance, ensure water security, and retain biodiversity. We need to diversify our economy both for the well-being of residents and to prepare for a shifting climate.

In my view, there has long been a failure in the Board of Supervisors to be responsive to the concerns of residents on a variety of issues. We need more inclusive processes that build community, especially around issues that affect people living in cities, where the County partners with cities on a number of projects.

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