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.
Jessica Jones is serving as the Assistant Deputy to Supervisor Saylor in Yolo County District 2. She is a recent UC Davis graduate, with a Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. Jessica is passionate about greening school operations and the nexus between children's health and environmental health issues. As a Sonoma County native, Jessica has a wide array of community engagement experience, from working on environmental policy adoption at Santa Rosa Junior College, spearheading the development and adoption of the first Environmental Purchasing Guideline for the Sonoma County Office of Education, to helping Sonoma County ban plastic bags, and to advocating for community choice aggregation.
While a student at UC Davis, she spearheaded the development of the first internship program, the Center for Regional Change Scholars Program, for the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. Jessica has also had the opportunity to serve as an intern with CalRecycle, where she conducted a preliminary study on environmentally preferable procurement in primary and secondary schools in California, and co-authored a webpage on Environmental Procurement Resources for Schools.
Jessica is a 2017 recipient of the Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award, recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Senior Award for Community and Regional Development, 2016 finalist for the Truman Award, a 2014 Udall Scholar, the recipient of the 2013 SRJC Bailey Award, and the 2013 Sonoma County Conservation Action Youth Award. She was president of the associated students at Santa Rosa Junior College for two years, the co-founder and president of the award-winning club "Students for Sustainable Communities".
Jessica enjoys puzzles, playing with her pugs, hiking and indoor rock climbing, and making dinner with friends and family.