Advocacy

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation Advocacy Program

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation supports our elected officials and non-government entities at the local, state and federal level. Our role is to ensure access to lawmakers and agency directors at the highest level while garnering the support of private sector leaders. We work tirelessly to ensure our region receives the necessary government funding to recover and rebuild.

We understand the complexity of rebuilding after an unprecedented disaster and are committed to being a resource to our elected officials and staff. Ultimately, it will be the collaborative efforts of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that determines our success over the coming years.

Our first delegation to Washington, D.C. in January of 2018 was pivotal in securing 90% reimbursement from FEMA for debris removal costs that totaled $1.3 billion. Without the added 15% allocated, affected jurisdictions would have been responsible for millions more in shared cost, thus bankrupting the City of Santa Rosa and likely the County of Sonoma.

In September of 2018, we again traveled to Washington, D.C. with the City of Santa Rosa, County of Sonoma, and County of Napa. The delegation was a mix of public and private sector leaders working in lockstep to ensure the challenges of rebuilding our region are foremost on the minds of elected and agency decision makers. Our delegation met with FEMA, HUD, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, as well as staff members for California Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania, who chairs a House subcommittee on economic development and emergency management.

Our delegation:

  • Rebuild NorthBay Board Members: Darius Anderson (Kenwood Investments), Michael Mondavi (Folio Fine Wine Partners), Henry Hansel (Hansel Auto Group), Larry Florin (Burbank Housing) as well as private sector leader: Steve Falk, CEO Sonoma Media.
  • City of Santa Rosa: Mayor Chris Coursey, City Manager Sean McGlynn, Public Works Director Jason Nutt, and Gov’t & Communication Affairs Director Adriane Mertens.
  • County of Sonoma: Supervisor David Rabbitt, Recovery and Resiliency Director Michael Gossman.
  • County of Napa: Supervisor Belia Ramos.

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Advocacy improves the lives of fire survivors while giving them the chance to raise their voice.
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Honorary Committee


Rebuild NorthBay's Honorary Committee is a platform for counties and cities to share successes and challenges in a post-disaster environment.

The Honorary Committee is Co-Chaired by Representative Mike Thompson and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. The committee includes elected officials from Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties, as well as cities within the region.

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation facilitates regional collaboration of elected officials through quarterly communications, advocacy support on state and federal levels, and by building private, public partnerships that allow us to solve problems.

Honorary Committee