Tara Thronson is serving as Deputy to Supervisor Saylor in Yolo County District 2. Tara was formerly a Project Leader at Valley Vision, a nonprofit social enterprise that strengthens communities in the Sacramento region through research, collaboration and leadership. For six years she managed a range of regional initiatives at Valley Vision to improve the economic, social, and environmental prosperity of the Sacramento Capital Region. In 2014 Tara introduced Village Square to the Sacramento region, a national effort that enables civil dialogue among neighbors on tough public policy topics. Through her role co-managing the Cleaner Air Partnership, she helped the business and public health communities mutually agree on strategies that lead to cleaner air in the Sacramento region. Previously Tara helped cultivate and manage the Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium. She was often called the resident “broadband evangelist,” spreading the word about the positive economic and social equity impacts resulting from a population who understands how to navigate the web and has regular access to high-speed Internet.
From an early age Tara has wanted to make a positive impact on her community. Throughout her career and volunteer efforts she has viewed her work through the lens of striving to make the world a better place for everyone. Tara finds that connecting with people who have had different life experiences helps shape her worldview and inspires her to strive to be a better person every day.
When not trying to save the world, Tara enjoys biking*, running, spending time with her husband and two young children, listening to some good tunes, drinking wine, and enjoying the beauty of California. *Not the “ride a bike with a tiny, uncomfortable seat for a long time” kind of biking…but the sit up straight and ride with ease by herself or with the kiddos in tow.
Adele Markey is serving as Assistant Deputy to Supervisor Saylor. She grew up in Davis before attending college in Portland, Oregon, where she studied Psychology. In Portland, Adele worked for Columbia Care Services as a care provider in a residential mental healthcare facility. She is excited to help destigmatize mental illness and improve mental health accessibility in Yolo County. For the last eight summers, Adele has worked as a counselor and improv teacher at Camp Winnarainbow, a performing arts and circus camp which teaches kids confidence, compassion, and community involvement. She looks forward to engaging children and young people with government in order to foster civic participation in future generations. Adele believes that government should serve all people and is committed to listening to and amplifying the voices of marginalized groups of people.
Danielle is providing extra help to the District 2 team during the summer of 2015. She is a Davis native who, after graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2014, is roosting briefly at home before flying off to pursue her dream of being a painter. In the meantime, she’s enjoying the friendly communities and aggressively flat landscapes of Yolo County. She greatly admires Don’s work with homelessness and mental health issues and is proud to be working for him, however briefly.