Meet The Team

City-County Task Force

Four elected officials representing both the City and County of Santa Cruz.

County Supervisor

Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty serves as the Third District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County. Elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2014 and reelected in 2018, Ryan is a two-time former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz. He was the co-founder of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation (now owned by Pacific Workplaces), a lecturer on law and government at UC Santa Cruz, and co-author of The Rise of the Naked Economy – How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace (Macmillan, 2013) and wrote Etched in Stone – Enduring Words from our National Monuments (National Geographic, 2007). Ryan was selected by the Aspen Institute to be a Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership as one of "the nation’s most promising young elected officials," a "Community Hero" by the Red Cross of Santa Cruz County, and “Advocate of the Year” by the United Way of Santa Cruz County.

Currently serving as the Chair of the Central California Alliance for Health, the Medi-Cal managed health care plan serving 350,000 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties, he works to improve access to health care for lower-income residents.

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Mayor

Donna Meyers

Bio coming soon...

Councilmember

Sandy Brown

Sandy Brown​ is a longtime Santa Cruz resident, college professor, and former union and political organizer. She has worked for the nonprofit Community Action board and as a sustainable agriculture consultant with Swanton Berry Farms. She is passionate about sustainable development and economic development policies that benefit the community.

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Councilmember
Justin Cummings

Justin Cummings, originally a Chicago native, graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2006. In the fall of 2007, Justin moved to Santa Cruz to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz for a Ph.D. focused on understanding how trees used for tropical forest restoration inhibited the regeneration of invasive grasses in Panama. After receiving his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a designated emphasis in Environmental Studies in 2013, Justin moved to Miami, FL to pursue a post-doc in Environmental Biophysics at Florida International University, where his work focused on understanding how changes in environmental factors influenced the uptake and release of CO2 across seasons in the Florida Everglades.  In 2015, Justin moved back to Santa Cruz, CA where he has helped co-create and served as the director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, whose mission is to prepare the next generation of diverse conservation leaders.  In 2018, Justin was the highest vote recipient in the election for City Council and is the new Mayor for the city of Santa Cruz. Justin has lived and worked in Europe, Central and South America, throughout the US, including Alaska, is fluent in Spanish, and brings a global perspective to face the challenges here in Santa Cruz.

Advocate

Morgan Bostic

Morgan Bostic has been hired by the Santa Cruz City Council and County Board of Supervisors as the Advocate serving the City-County Task Force to Address UCSC Growth Plans. 

Morgan Bostic earned a degree in Politics and Legal Studies from UC Santa Cruz in 2018. As an undergraduate, she was an intern for two Santa Cruz City Councilmembers, drafted policy for various Santa Cruz County departments, and worked on numerous local campaigns as a public policy research assistant. In 2018, Ms. Bostic was awarded the Robert T. Matsui US Congressional Fellowship, through which she worked as a fellow for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Washington D.C. Upon graduating, Ms. Bostic moved back to her home of Los Angeles to serve as a Council Aide for City Councilmember Mike Bonin, where she was the policy and services liaison for residents in the neighborhood of Venice Beach. She is excited to be back in Santa Cruz serving the community as the Advocate for the Task Force.

Morgan Bostic can be reached at morgan.bostic@actonucscgrowth.org.

City-County Staff

The work of the Task Force is provided with financial and staff support by both the

City and County of Santa Cruz.

Lee Butler has over 17 years of public sector experience with the cities of Santa Cruz, San Jose, Gilroy, and Santa Clara. Lee currently serves as the Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Cruz, overseeing advance planning, current planning, building, and code enforcement functions. Previously, Lee managed current planning, advance planning, and code enforcement for the City of Santa Clara; oversaw the Economic Development and Building Divisions for Gilroy’s Community Development Department; and worked in a variety of roles with the City of San Jose.

Lee’s development facilitation efforts across diverse disciplines have been a cornerstone of his success. Lee bridges gaps between planning, building, public works, and fire prevention to facilitate and streamline permitting, promote economic development and improve customer service. Lee worked on the award-winning Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan, the Gilroy 2040 General Plan, various zoning ordinance updates, downtown revitalization efforts, and on entitlements for a broad range of commercial, industrial, and residential projects.

Lee has a Bachelors's Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and he is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).​

 

Rachel Dann is currently Chief of Staff to Third District Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty.  She has worked in public service in Santa Cruz County for over 20 years, beginning her professional career working for Congressman Sam Farr from 2000-2005.  In 2007, she joined Supervisor Neal Coonerty as an Analyst after running his successful campaign for Supervisor and has been with Supervisor Ryan Coonerty's staff since he took office in 2014.

 Rachel grew up in San Francisco, attending public schools, and was active in the arts and politics in the City, both as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra where she was a member of the viola section for 5 years and as an intern for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi from 1989-1990.  She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in history and spent a year abroad studying in Geneva, Switzerland while her fiance worked on his graduate degree at CERN.  She returned to Santa Cruz where she found her true home and earned a Master's degree in history from the University of California Santa Cruz focusing on the antebellum south.  Rachel has served on the Santa Cruz County Planning Commission since 2007, was a member of the County's Integrated Waste Management Task Force for several years, and brings significant policy and strategic community outreach and planning experience to the Task Force.  Rachel also serves on the Board of the Santa Cruz County Symphony.

Planning Director

Lee Butler

Analyst, Office Supervisor

Rachel Dann

Special Project Coordinator 

Andy Schiffrin

Andy Schiffrin’s primary employment for over 40 years has been as an analyst working for the elected County Supervisor representing most of the City of Santa Cruz.  Although formally retired, he continues to volunteer part-time in that office.  One quarter a year, Andy also teaches an upper-division Environmental Assessment class in the Environmental Studies Department at UCSC.  The class focuses on land use planning in California and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  Andy also has been employed part-time since 2006 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Reservist in their Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) program assisting communities recover from major disasters.  Andy brings significant political experience to his work and emphasizes practical approaches and strategic thinking.

Prior to his work at the County of Santa Cruz, Andy was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria, served at the Boston Model Cities program as the Housing Director, and worked for a short time at the California Coastal Commission, when it first started, as a permit analyst.​

Advisory Group

The City-County Task Force has appointed a volunteer Advisory Committee of community and student/campus representatives to assist with outreach, education, and mobilization.

John Aird, Coalition to Limit University Expansion (CLUE)

Trina Barton, Ph.D. Candidate, Politics 


Ted Benhari, CLUE: Committee to Limit University Growth


Danny Drysdale, Democratic Socialists of America, political organizer


Charlie Eadie, Past President UCSC Alumni Assoc, Land Use consultant


Deb Elston, Santa Cruz Neighbors


Zav Hershfield, UCSC alumnus, Tenant organizer


Denise Holbert, Retired, Save Santa Cruz


Jan Karwin, League of Women Voters

Ronnie Lipschutz, UCSC Professor of Politics 

Thaddaeus Mammo, UCSC Undergraduate Student

Robert Orrizzi, Santa Cruz Neighbors, City Transportation/Public Works Commission


Gary Patton, Attorney, former county supervisor, Save Santa Cruz

 

Chris Reithel, UCSC Graduate Student


Mike Rotkin, UCSC Lecturer, former City Councilmember, and Mayor


Krisna Supatra-Campbell, UCSC Student


Bill Tysseling, Former CEO, Santa Cruz Area Chamber​​

Ronnie Voskoboynik, UCSC Undergraduate Student