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Former Commissioners

Throughout the years, the Commission on Human Rights has been well-served by dedicated, passionate, and visionary volunteers who contributed much to the substance and success of the Commission. With the launch of the Commission's new website in 2016, we added a new feature — sharing the short stories of those whom have served on the Commission.

Judy Rice, Former Chair, 5th District

Judy Rice began her career working with the United Nations Development Program in Geneva, the Congo and Iran.  She also devoted 15 years to aerospace and over 20 years as a private consultant, specializing in communication and organizational productivity issues. 

In the 7 years that Judy served as Chairman of the Sonoma County Human Rights Commission she was the force behind the creation of the Junior Commission on Human Rights, a series of community forums including events on Immigration and Human Trafficking, and the formation of strong alliances with a variety of County Government Departments and Sonoma County agencies.,

She has a long history of volunteerism in the County including service on the Sonoma County Grand Jury, work with the Earle Baum Center (volunteer coordinator), the Sebastopol Library Advisory Board (Chair) ,the Assistance Dog Institute, attendance at the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy, service as a State-certified sexual assault counselor with UASA (now Verity), and work with the Humane Society and Sonoma Bird Rescue.  More recently she served on the CALLE (Community and Local Law Enforcement) Task force where she Chaired the subcommittee on Community Engagement and Healing.  

Judy holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development, has travelled extensively and is a published author.  She lives in Sebastopol, loves to cook, read, go to the movies and considers her primary obligation to slavishly serve the desires of her elderly cat. Judy served the Commission for over eight years, resigning on February 23, 2016.

Elaine B. Holtz, 4th District

Elaine B. Holtz is a 40-year resident of Sonoma County.  She has a strong background in marketing and sales and provides training in sales and public speaking. She is the author of three books, “G-Ma Speaks” a selection of poetry, “Increasing Sales Through Positive Customer Relations,” and “Maximizing your Profits Using Coupon Promotions.”  She also has twenty years experience working in the public sector.

Along with being a published poet, she is producer/host of "Women's Spaces," on radio station KBBF.  Her program is dedicated to interviewing ordinary women who are doing extraordinary things.  Elaine has a monthly column in the Sonoma County Gazette, "Santa Rosa Snippets," and is a freelance writer for NorthBay Business Magazine.

As Commissioner, Elaine was responsible for the passage of the Resolution in Support of the Inalienable Human Rights of Residents of the Muslim Faith and Celebrating the Contributions of Members of the Islamic Community, which was approved by the Commission on June 28, 2016. Elaine served a two-year term from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2016.

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