Valerie is a dedicated conservationist, volunteer, leader, and lifelong resident of Sonoma County. As Program Director at Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), she uses her expertise in public policy and conservation, along with a dynamic and accessible communication style, to build innovative and effective solutions to pressing natural resource issues. Valerie leads the LandSmart® Planning program for the RCD, promoting productive lands and thriving streams through on-farm conservation planning. Plans will soon include carbon sequestration and soil health elements, helping farmers reduce GHG emissions and adapt to a changing climate. Over the past 3 years, she has also led the development of a water quality trading program for the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, facilitating a collaborative process to integrate the needs of buyers, sellers, regulators, and other watershed stakeholders.
In 2014, Valerie was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, where she participates in making critical water decisions for the region. She also serves on Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group, helping to shape the County’s Climate Action Plan. Additionally, Valerie is a board member with the Junior League of Napa-Sonoma, a non-profit dedicated to the development of women to affect positive change in our community. Valerie earned her B.S. in Biology from Sonoma State University, is a fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy (2008), and a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 30. She lives in Petaluma with her boyfriend Ken, and his two sons Michael and Joey.