Elect John Leopold for 1st District Supervisor

Background and Experience

1st District Supervisor

Vice-Chair, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Vice-Chair, Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals
Member and Past Chair, Regional Transportation Commission
Member, Metropolitan Transit District
Member, Santa Cruz County Sanitation District
Member and Past Chair, Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
Member, Criminal Justice Council
Member, Central Coast Rail Coordinating Committee

Member, Smart On Crime Santa Cruz County
Chair, California Association of Local Agency Formation Commission (CALAFCo)
Member, World Surfing Reserve Stewardship Council


Cabrillo College Board of Trustees, 2000–2008
Elected member of the community college’s governing Board, President of the Board 2003–2004. Led the effort to pass the Cabrillo Bond measure in 2004.

Chief Fundraiser
UC Santa Cruz, Division of Social Sciences, 2001–2008
Responsible for finding funding for student scholarships and faculty research.

Board Member
Pacific Collegiate School Board, 2006–2008
Charter school in Santa Cruz that was listed as the #2 school in the country by US News and World Report (11/07).

Save Our Small Schools, 2003
Led the effort to preserve small class sizes in the Soquel Elementary Unified School District.

Measure A Campaign, 2002
Led the successful effort to pass a school to preserve and expand the schools in the Soquel Elementary Unified School District.

Community Activities

Live Oak Little League Coach, 2005
Helped coach the Tigers.

Temple Beth El 50th Anniversary Celebration, 2004–2005
Led the fundraising efforts for temple’s endowment fund.

Board Member
Temple Beth El, Board of Directors, 1997–2001
Responsible for overseeing all recruitments, evaluations and re–writing of personnel policies.

Associate Director
Working Partnerships USA, 1997–2001
Working Partnerships is a non-profit organization focuses on labor and economic policy. Created a program to support temporary workers and help design the Children’s Health Initiative which provides insurance coverage for children under 18.

Santa Cruz Action Network (SCAN), (1989–1991)
Helped lead the effort to get the first pay equity contract for women working for the County of Santa Cruz. Worked collaboratively with the Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce on a Resource Directory after the 1989 earthquake.

Economic Development

Founder and General Manager
Santa Cruz Mail & Data Service, 1991–1994
Launched a direct mail advertising business in Santa Cruz County.

Board Member
Northern California Manufacturing Exchange (MANEX), 1999–2001
MANEX is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and represents manufactures in nine Bay Area counties.

City of Santa Cruz Public Works Commission, 1989–91
Oversaw the budget of the largest City department and developed policies for City Council.

Democratic Management Services, Board of Directors, 1991–1993
Responsible for operation of six democratically managed businesses and non-profits with operating budgets totaling $3 million.

Health Services

Board Member
Central Coast Alliance for Health, 2013–16
Medi-Cal insurance provider in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced Counties. Served during the largest expansion of the insurance services in a generation. Reinvested funds back into communities to recruit medical professionals and expand clinic space and equipment to better serve the 70,000 members in Santa Cruz County.

Vice–Chair and Member
Human Care Alliance, 1994–96
Coalition of County human service agencies that provide health education and direct social services.

Steering Committee Member
HIV Services Consortium of Santa Cruz County, 1994–1996
Federally mandated group responsible for disbursement of funds from the Ryan White CARE Act. Also Chair of the Skilled Nursing Subcommittee.

AIDS Housing Advisory Task Force to Secretary Cisneros, 1995–1996
Developed proposals with advisory group to Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

First White House Conference on AIDS, 1995
Met with AIDS service leaders from across the country to help build and strengthen HIV/AIDS Policy during the Clinton Administration.

Executive Director
Santa Cruz AIDS Project, 1994–1996
Doubled the number of affordable housing space for people living with HIV/AIDS, help draft the needle exchange ordinance, and worked to open local skilled nursing facilities for people living with AIDS.

Reproductive Rights Network, 1989–1994
The Reproductive Rights Network of Santa Cruz County is a local coalition including all key local providers and advocates of reproductive choice, which coordinates action on priority issues. This group and its member organizations are active in advocating for public policies that will ensure the legal status of services, freedom from violence or harassment, and adequate funding levels.


Board Member
Arhoolie Foundation, 1999–present
Organization dedicated to preserving vernacular music styles.

Board Member
Rex Foundation 1999–2010
Member of philanthropic foundation, Chair 1999–2005.

Community Service Awards

Advocate of the Year
United Way of Santa Cruz County, 2016
Honored for efforts in convening the Cradle To Career initiative to unite organizations and parents to develop a collective impact project in Live Oak to improve the health and well-being of families.

Voice for Opportunity and Involvement - Voices for Choice
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, 2010
Honored for tireless efforts to promote reproductive freedom and privacy.

2010 Outstanding Community Leader Award
Surfrider Foundation, Santa Cruz Chapter, 2010
For support of chapterís effort to get temporary stairs put in at the Hook during the seawall construction.

Speaker of the Year
United Way of Santa Cruz County, 1994
Recognized for participation in annual campaign drive.

Ally of the Community Award
Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration, 1990
Only two people a year are awarded this recognition for their work in solidarity with the lesbian and gay community.