Susan Ornelas, Councilmember


Phone:  (707) 826-2722
Email:  sornelas@cityofarcata.org
Fax:  (707) 822-8018
Write:  736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521

Elected:  November 2008
Re-Elected:  November 2012
Current Term Expires:  2016

Arcata's forward-thinking environmental management and economic development strategies are an inspiration for me, as they are for many people and communities. I have lived in Arcata since 1987 and raised two children while attending and then teaching at Humboldt State University. While Arcata is on the progressive side of many issues from wastewater management to community forestry, there is still work to be done.

My community interests are to continue to guide policy toward a sustainable future. To improve local opportunities, I am willing to study the issues, listen to community concerns, and make decisions to benefit the people. I will work to keep Arcata healthy, livable, bikeable, energy efficient and friendly.

Arcata City Council Service

Council Member:  2008present
Mayor:  2011
Vice-Mayor:  2010

Profession

Executive Director, Jacoby Creek Land Trust.

Education

Master of Science in Environmental Systems--International Development Technology, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering--Water Quality Emphasis.

Member of City and Regional Committees
  • City Council Liaison to the Arcata Chamber of Commerce (2013-2014)
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt County Association of Governments (2011-2014)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response JPA (2012-2014)
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Water Quality Task Force (2012-2014)
  • City Council Representative to Redwood Coast Energy Authority (2012-2014)
  • City Council Representative to the Indian Gaming Fund Committee (2012-2014)
  • City Council Liaison to the Arcata/Camoapa Sister City Committee (2012-2014)
Other Community Service
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmers (2008present)
Private Sector Accomplishments
  • Consultant for:
    • US Aid for International DevelopmentAgriculture
      Turkmenistan and Jamaica, West Indies
    • Specialty Agriculture Development, County of Humboldt
    • Agriculture & Conservation Easement-United Indian Health Services Potawot Village
  • Teaching Lecturer, Humboldt State University
    • - Sustainable Agriculture
    • - Restoration Practices
  • Project Manager, Arcata Educational Farm
  • Research Engineer, Schatz Energy Research Center
  • Advisor University of California Davis Extension / Hoopa
    • - Native American Agriculture
    • - Natural Resource/4-H Youth Program
  • Co-Owner Willow Creek Farms
Past Community Service
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (2013)
  • City Council Liaison to the HSU/City Liaisons Group (2011)
  • City Council Representative to the Legislative Committee of the League of California Cities-Redwood Empire Division (2011)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District - Water Quality Task Force (2011)
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response JPA (2010)
  • City Council Representative to the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (2010)
  • City Council Liaison to the Arcata Downtown Business Community - Main Street (200910)
  • City Council Representative to the Indian Gaming Fund Committee (2009)
  • City Council Liaison to the Sister City Committee (2009)
  • Open Space and Agriculture Committee (19992008)
  • Humboldt County Food Policy Coalition (200204)
  • Humboldt County Agricultural Advisory Board (1997present)
  • Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (19932002)
  • Arcata Foundation (19911995)
  • North Coast Growers Association (19871991)
Fellowships/Scholarships
  • Switzer Fellowship & Leadership Program, Switzer Foundation (1997, 2002)
  • Leadership Program in Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz (199395)