Brett Watson

"I moved to Humboldt County in 2006 to attend HSU. I immediately fell in love with Arcata and was blessed enough to relocate here in 2010 after graduating with a BS in Forestry, and an Environmental Ethics Minor.

While attending HSU, I was President and National Co-Chair of HSU's Student Association for Fire Ecology, as well as President of the Society of American Foresters (HSU Chapter). I've served on the City of Arcata's Economic Development Committee for five years (two years as Chair), on the board of Arcata Main Street, and was an early board member of Zero Waste Humboldt. Two years in a row, I managed Zero Waste Humboldt’s collection efforts in the North Country Fair, donating my time, resources, and staff to help make the event a Zero Waste success. I'm a lifetime member of FOAM and volunteer at the Arcata Marsh, and I volunteer weekly at the Arcata Community Center, where I facilitate "Tech with Brett," providing assistance with Arcata's seniors' technology needs.

I take pride in having owned and operated my small business in Arcata for over ten years. I’m mainly interested in increasing community safety, helping seniors and students, building a "premier" dog park for residents and tourists, continuing progress on Zero Waste goals, and diversifying Arcata’s economy. I believe it’s important to balance embracing HSU, environmental tourism, and other sectors of the economy, while keeping sustainability at the forefront of Arcata’s economic goals."

Arcata City Council Service

  • Appointed by City Council to fill a vacancy on April 13, 2017
  • Sworn-in on April 19, 2017
  • Re-elected: 2019
  • Mayor: 2019
  • Vice-Mayor: 2018 and 2021
  • Mayor: 2021

Previous City & Regional Committee Assignments

  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Joint Powers Authority
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt State University/City Liaison's Working Group
  • City Council Representative to the Homelessness and Housing Working Group
  • City Council Liaison to Friends of the Arcata Marsh Board
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Water Task Force
  • City Council Liaison to the Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response Joint Powers Authority
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt State University/City Liaison's Working Group
  • City Council Liaison to the Arcata Chamber of Commerce
  • City Council Representative to the Humboldt County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee

Other Community Service

  • Founder of the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Collaborative 
  • Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary Volunteer
  • Weekly "Tech with Brett" Facilitator helping seniors with technology needs at the Arcata Community Center
  • Housing Trust Fund & Homelessness Committee, At-large Member
  • Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise, Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Big Brother
  • Board Member, Arcata Main Street
  • Board Member, Zero Waste Humboldt
  • City of Arcata Economic Development Committee, served 2 years as Chair (2012-2017)
  • President and National Co-Chair, Humboldt State University’s Student Association for Fire Ecology
  • President, Humboldt State University's Society of American Foresters