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For Immediate Release

Permit Sonoma announces Equity Working Committee membership

SANTA ROSA, CA | December 05, 2022

Permit Sonoma today announced the names of 20 individuals selected for a new Equity Working Committee designed to help shape land-use planning through an equity lens. More than 125 people applied to participate on the committee that will assist in developing Permit Sonoma and Sonoma County’s environmental justice policies and risk-reduction planning for wildfire and other hazards by centering the expertise of under-resourced communities.

The committee will help Permit Sonoma integrate the experiences of low-income residents, communities of color, communities experiencing disproportionate poor health outcomes, and people with disabilities to improve policy making, planning and public participation programs. The committee will advise Permit Sonoma in key policy efforts such as the Environmental Justice and Safety Element updates to the General Plan. The Equity Working Committee will also assist in identifying ways to improve community engagement with fire prevention grant programs.

Members of the working group are as follows:



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


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

The new updates to the Environmental Justice and Safety Elements of the General Plan will help provide the guidelines needed to develop land-use policy that would protect the public from hazards and to prioritize the needs of environmentally burdened and under-resourced communities. Together, these efforts are critical to advancing public health, resilience, and climate adaptation, and ensuring that everyone gets to access environmental benefits such as clean air and parks.

Media Contact:
Bradley Dunn, Permit Sonoma Policy Manager 
(707) 321-0502
2550 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403