Lyndsey Burcina was born in Santa Rosa and has resided there ever since, spending the majority of her childhood in her grandparent’s West County home. It was there where she had been raised to value and honor her Japanese-American heritage, keeping up with the traditions of her family. She is a Japanese folk dance instructor with Enmanji Buddhist Temple in Sebastopol and the 2020 & 2021 title holder of Japanese-America’s Miss California.
Lyndsey attended Elsie Allen High School where she was able to launch her career as a Restorative Justice Practitioner at the age of 17 becoming one of the youngest specialists in the country to present and be recognized by the International Institute for Restorative Practices at their Word Conference in 2017. Since graduating in 2018 she has developed a curriculum now used in 13 states.
She has worked with many organizations within Sonoma County and has dedicated the last 5 years of her life to serving her community. Lyndsey looks forward to continuing to serve the county and to continue to grow and learn as new opportunities arise.