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Third District Supervisor Ryan Coonerty

Ryan Coonerty serves as the Third District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County. The Third District stretches from 7th Avenue in Live Oak through the City of Santa Cruz and up the North Coast, including the communities of Davenport and Bonny Doon.

Elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Ryan is a two-time former Mayor of the City of Santa Cruz, an entrepreneur, author, and educator. He is the cofounder of NextSpace Coworking + Innovation, 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). He also 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 "The Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce.

On the Board of Supervisors, Ryan has created incentives to support affordable workforce housing, led the expansion of the public safety program Community Partnership for Accountability, Connection and Treatment (PACT) program, and brought forward a successful proposal for the County to stop doing business with banks that had plead guilty to felonies. Ryan built on the work of his predecessors to improve Twin Lakes Beachfront access and worked with the Santa Cruz County Clerk to make sure the postage is paid on all vote-by-mail ballots—so that stamps are never a barrier to voting. Ryan's current priorities include establishing a local Nurse-Family Partnership to support new mothers and measurably improve the lives of children and families through better health and education opportunities, enacting the Community Choice Energy initiative that will reduce carbon emissions while supporting the local economy and jobs, and promoting smart government and customer service.

Ryan is also actively supporting transportation improvements including repairs to local roads, the construction of the Santa Cruz County Rail Trail, and maintaining our public transportation system. Ryan works hard to protect the environment, create jobs and economic opportunity, enhance public safety, and improve government services for citizens

As Mayor and Councilmember, Ryan led successful efforts to reach a historic agreement with UC Santa Cruz and to invest the City’s reserve funds back into the community to spur the local economy, authored the Clean Oceans, Rivers and Beaches initiative, and brought a new generation into civic life through the creation of Santa Cruz NEXT. Ryan also played a key role in attracting the Santa Cruz Warriors, developed online programs to simplify permitting for citizens and small businesses, and created policies to increase the use of local alternative energy.

Ryan attended Santa Cruz’s public schools and graduated from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. He received a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ryan also serves on numerous non-profit boards. He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife Emily, daughter Daisy and son Kellan.

Ryan welcomes your comments and questions.

Supervisor Coonerty Newsletters

2017 Newsletters

Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's February 2017 Newsletter.

2016 Newsletters

Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's December 2016 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's September 2016 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's June 2016 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's May 2016 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's February 2016 Newsletter.

2015 Newsletters

Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's November 2015 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's September 2015 Newsletter.
Click here to view Supervisor Coonerty's July 2015 Newsletter.

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Supervisor Coonerty represents the Board of Supervisors on the following regional agencies and boards:

  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County
  • Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments Board of Directors (Alternate)
  • Community Action Board
  • Criminal Justice Council of Santa Cruz County
  • Integrated Waste Management Local Task Force
  • Jail Overcrowding Committee
  • Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
  • Local Agency Formation Commission
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Task Force
  • Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors
  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission
  • Successor Agency Oversight Board to the former Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Cruz

Scheduling an Appointment with Supervisor Coonerty:

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Supervisor Coonerty, please feel free to call his office at 454-2200 and ask to speak to one of his staff members. Supervisor Coonerty regularly attends the Davenport/North Coast Association meetings and the Rural Bonny Doon Association meetings. If you are a resident of Bonny Doon or the North Coast, you may wish to speak with Supervisor Coonerty at those venues. If you have any questions about scheduling a meeting with Supervisor Coonerty, please do not hesitate to contact his office.

Staff to Supervisor Coonerty includes:

Rachel Dann, County Supervisor's Analyst
Allison Endert, County Supervisor's Analyst

Consider getting involved in the local issues that affect our county Commissions:

You can become involved in your community by applying to serve on a county commission. The Board of Supervisors appoints Santa Cruz County residents to positions on more than 40 advisory bodies established to provide advice and recommendations to the Board on a variety of subject areas. While some of these entities are mandated by State law, most were established by the Board to facilitate citizen involvement in government and to assist the Board in its decision making process. There are at-large appointments, where any member of the Board can nominate an appointee. There are also district appointments, where an individual Supervisor nominates an appointee, usually a resident of his or her supervisorial district. In addition, some appointees are required to represent particular groups and/or interests. In all cases, the Board as a whole makes the final appointment. For more information, please click on the links below:

Third District Vacancies
At-Large Vacancies

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