Sofia Pereira

About Sofia Pereira

"I want to bring a new generation of leadership to the Arcata City Council and to continue Arcata’s legacy of collaboration and innovation.

I have served the community in numerous capacities since moving to Arcata in 2005 to attend Humboldt State University. My vision is for Arcata to become the 1st Zero Waste City in Humboldt County; to strengthen connections between the city and community partners like Humboldt State University; and to increase the city’s use of technology to improve resident engagement and to make vital information easily accessible.

Please don't hesitate to contact me to share your ideas and concerns. I look forward to hearing from you!"

Arcata City Council Service

  • Council Member: 2014-2019
  • Vice-Mayor: 2017
  • Mayor: 2018
  • Re-elected: 2019


  •  Community Manager for She Should Run


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication- Humboldt State University- 2009
  • Minor in Social Advocacy- Humboldt State University

Member of City & Regional Committees

  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (2015-2019)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Indian Gaming Fund Committee (2015-2019)
  • City Council Liaison to the Arcata House Partnership (2015-2019)
  • City Council Alternate Liaison to the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (2019)

Other Community Service

  • Lost Coast Rotaract, Member 2010-Present
  • Lost Coast Rotaract, President 2013-14
  • Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, Board of Directors 2010-14

Past Community Service

  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt State University/City Liason's Working Group (2018)
  • Alternate City Council Liaison to the Arcata Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to League of California Cities, Redwood Empire Division, Representative to the Legislative Committee (2015)
  • Alternate Representative to Humboldt County Association of Governments (2016)
  • City Council Representative to the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (2017, Alternate from 2015-2016)
  • Arcata Committee on Democracy and Corporations, Member 2009-2010
  • Arcata Fire Protection District Strategic Planning Workgroup, External Stakeholder 2013
  • Field Representative for Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro 2012-2014
  • First Five Humboldt Pregnant and Parenting Teen Workgroup, Member 2013
  • Humboldt County Human Rights Commission, Commissioner 2009-2010
  • Humboldt State University Associated Students, President 2008-2009
  • Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, Treasurer-Secretary 2012-2013

Private Sector Accomplishments

  • Verizon Wireless Retail Leadership Development Program Apprentice 2009-2011


  • Greenpeace's "Change It!" Training, Summer 2007
  • HSU Community Advocate for an On-Campus Eco-Living Community
  • The Panetta Institute's "Education for Leadership in Public Policy," Summer 2008
  • Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, Class of 2014
  • Women's Campaign Fund, Political Programs Fellow, Fall 2011