February 2023

“We are all one – and if we don’t know it, we’ll learn it the hard way.” – Bayard Rustin

February was filled with amazing Black History Month programs, events, and activities. 
I continued to engage deeply on the Housing Element process and had a productive meeting with Tennis Wick, the Director of Permit Sonoma and our Housing Element Coalition to better understand how they are leveraging the City Centered Growth conversation along with the RHNA Shift in policy. 
Throughout the month, our branch was selected to join the following city councils as a recipient of Black History Month Proclamations:

  • Santa Rosa City Council
  • Rohnert Park City Council
  • Healdsburg City Council
  • Town of Windsor

I continued to engage in meeting more of our community leaders across nonprofit, government agencies, and higher education. I feel it is imperative to continue to share the work our branch has done and aspires to continue with their partnership and collaboration. We are only going to continue to impact our community with change by growing our community relationships.
Our committee leaders are amazing and could use every helping hand and skillset out there in the move towards a more equitable and inclusive Sonoma County. 


Kirstyne Lange, President