1st District Supervisor
As a member of the Board of Supervisors, John has worked with the community to develop an effective Vacation Rental Ordinance, sensible gun shop regulations, a set of budget policies that prioritize services to the community, and cannabis regulations. John engaged hundreds of community members in developing community projects as part of the Redevelopment Agency and criminal justice reforms efforts in response to the state’s prison realignment. He led the Board is banning hydraulic fracking in Santa Cruz County and securing Sunny Cove Beach for permanent public use. John played a leadership role in the acquisition of the branch rail line through Santa Cruz County and the development of a master plan for the Monterey Bay Scenic Trail (sometimes known as the Rail Trail). He has worked collaboratively with our schools in the creation of a Boys & Girls Club with the Live Oak School District and the Santa Cruz Boys and Girls Club, and new recreational facilities with the Loma Prieta and Happy Valley School Districts.
Member and Past Chair, Regional Transportation Commission
Member, Metropolitan Transit District
Member, Santa Cruz County Sanitation District
Member and Past Chair, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
Member, Community Corrections Partnership
Member, Central Coast Rail Coordinating Committee
Member, Santa Margarita Groundwater Sustainability Committee
Member, Task Force on Justice and Gender
Member, Smart On Crime Santa Cruz County
Member, World Surfing Reserve Stewardship Council
Past Chair, California Association of Local Agency Formation Commission (CALAFCo)
Vice-Chair, Select Committee on San Francisco Arrivals
Co-Chair, Measure D Campaign – Transportation Self-Help Initiative, 2016
Co-Chair, Measure G Campaign – County initiative for public safety, parks, and social services, 2018
Co-Chair, Measure F Campaign – County effort to fund our Parks Department, 2014
Steering Committee Member
Live Oak Cradle To Career Initiative, 2013-present
A collective impact project, led by parents, to ensure that all students and their families have the best opportunity in life.
Cabrillo College Board of Trustees, 2000–2008
President of the Board 2003–2004. Led the effort to pass the Cabrillo Bond measure in 2004.
Measure A Campaign, 2002
Led the successful effort to pass a school to preserve and expand the schools in the Soquel Elementary Unified School District.
Board Member, Central Coast Alliance for Health, 2013–16
Medi-Cal insurance provider in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties. Served during the largest expansion of the insurance services in a generation. Reinvested funds back into communities to recruit medical professionals and expand clinic space and equipment to better serve the 70,000 members in Santa Cruz County.
Associate Director, Working Partnerships USA, 1997–2001
Working Partnerships is a non-profit organization focuses on labor and economic policy. Created a program to support temporary workers and help design the Children’s Health Initiative which provides insurance coverage for children under 18.
Executive Director, Santa Cruz AIDS Project, 1994–1996
Member, AIDS Housing Advisory Task Force to Secretary Cisneros, 1995–1996
Participant, First White House Conference on AIDS, 1995
Community Service Awards
Advocate of the Year, United Way of Santa Cruz County, 2016
2015 Vision and Voice for Children Award, Santa Cruz County Child Care Planning Council, 2015
Voice for Opportunity and Involvement – Voices for Choice, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, 2010
2010 Outstanding Community Leader Award, Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter, 2010
Ally of the Community Award, Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration, 1990
Live Oak Little League Coach, Helped coach the Tigers, 2005.
Board Member, Temple Beth El, Board of Directors, 1997–2001
Board Member, Arhoolie Foundation, 2003–present
Board Member, Rex Foundation 1999–2010