We, the Board of Directors of Sonoma County Conservation Action, have been impressed beyond measure by the leadership and passion of our Executive Director, Kerry Fugett. It has been a joy to work with her as she developed into a powerful force in local environmental and social justice movements.
As in ecological systems, we are in continual growth and evolution, and today announce the departure of Kerry as ED of SCCA. At the same time, we are equally uplifted by this opportunity for her to relaunch the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy under Daily Acts in Petaluma.
For the last two and a half years, Kerry played a critical role in the development and growth of the organization. We are proud of her innumerable accomplishments, including:
- Immediately stepped up during the wildfires to launch theSonomaCounty.Recovers.org community powered disaster relief platform and form the Just and Resilient Future Fund helping raise over $300,000 to distribute to grassroots fire relief and resilience efforts.
- Nimbly responded to the need to protect our watersheds post-fire by joining the Watershed Collaborative, bringing Chris Grabill and Amara Gromm onto the team to create the collaborative Watershed Protection Program with Russian Riverkeeper, Clean River Alliance, and Community Soil, mobilizing 300+ volunteers to contain debris from over 430 burned properties.
- Spearheaded the Toxic Free Future campaign to eliminate synthetic pesticides from our schools and open spaces, successfully transitioning Santa Rosa City School District to prioritize non-chemical weed management methods.
- Grew our membership and greatly scaled our technical capabilities and outreach tools.
- Greatly expanded our partnership and collaborations through the formation of the Another World is Possible Coalition, mobilizing community members and turning out over 4,000 people at the Community Engagement Fair.
- Doubled the size and fundraising accomplishments at the Annual Grassroots Gala.
- A 75% win rate for our endorsed environmental candidates and issues in the 2016 election season, knocking on doors and reaching over 10,000 voters to advocate for our Community Separator renewal, Regional Parks, smart growth policies and candidates.
Over the next few months, we will be conducting a search to find the new Sonoma County Conservation Action Executive Director. It is our priority to find a passionate individual to lead, while ensuring a stable and effective organization.
The job announcement is posted on our website: conservationaction.org/join-our-team
, and we ask for your help in identifying candidates who can lead Sonoma County Conservation Action, be a spokesperson for our environmental community and ensure that equity is at the core of everything we champion.
We sincerely thank Kerry for her dedication, passion, creativity and energy which has strengthened Sonoma County Conservation Action as the premier environmental advocacy organization in the region. While she will be missed by staff, Board Members, partners and members, we look forward to continuing to work with her to drive change in our community as we bring on our next dynamic community leader.
As our environment faces increasing threats from the Trump administration nationally, and land use decisions locally, the importance our work in advocacy, supporting bold leaders and ensuring accountability is more critical than ever.
We look for a bold leader who can bring us together, ensure equity and environmental justice are core to what we do, and continue to broaden our partnerships and impact, growing SCCA’s role as the trusted environmental leader in Sonoma County.
We please share this job description with any friends, associates or other potentially interested people and encourage them to apply by March 16th.
“SCCA is proud, with our 26 year history of training change makers, to see Kerry step up in this moment to empower local leaders, to strengthen our partnership with Daily Acts, and to expand the ecosystem of inspired innovators in this collective movement,”
— Neal Fishman, SCCA Board of Directors, President & Michael Allen, SCCA Board of Directors, Board Chair.