Stefani Seffinger was elected to the City Council in 2014.
Stef first moved to Ashland in the 1970's with her husband Daniel. Their son, Josh, was born here while she was working at Ashland High School as a counselor. In 1983 Stef and her husband made the the difficult decision to leave Ashland to pursue their career goals. Stef worked as a Program Specialist and School Psychologist for Pajaro Unified School District while Dan started a Children's Out Patient Program at Kaiser Permanente.
After their retirement In 2006 Stef and Dan were able to return to Ashland and pursue their interest in making glass art and serving the community.
Stefani has always been interested in social service, education, environmental issues, and the needs of individuals with special needs. She has served as president of the Santa Cruz Montessori School Board, as the vice president of the PVUSD teachers Union,and volunteered as a docent for the park system in Santa Cruz where she developed an educational program to advance stewardship at Seacliff Park. Through these experiences she gained budget management knowledge , leadership skills, and an understanding of management and labor issues from a variety of perspectives.
Stefani served on the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Forest Lands Commission before being elected to the city council. She is active in her efforts to protect our outstanding park system and to preserve our watershed.
Stefaniís priorities while serving on the city council include:
- Transparency in decision making and keeping an open dialog with the community .
- Keeping our city safe and vibrant for our citizens as well as our tourists.
- Providing high quality city services ensured by a fiscally responsible budget process.
- Supporting our economic base and local business community.
- Providing social services to our citizens in need that focus on education, vocational development that provides a path to overcome barriers to achieve a good life.
- City planning that promotes an environmentally responsible community and affordable housing.
- Supporting our cultural community.
- Continued development of services for our senior population including age friendly housing, better transportation options and support services that allow seniors to age in their homes.
- Support of the Ashland Forest Resiliency project
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