Biography of Susan Gorin
A native of Massachusetts, Susan Gorin grew up Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After high school graduation, Susan married Joe Gorin and the couple moved to Boston where Susan became sole support of the family while working for the telephone company as Joe attended M.I.T. Ms. Gorin and her family moved to Sonoma County in 1982 when Joe transferred within Hewlett Packard. They also moved their electronics business that they started in Colorado to Santa Rosa.
Ms. Gorin attended Santa Rosa Junior College and continued her education at Sonoma State University, graduating in 1991 cum laude with degree in Political Science and Economics. She became involved in local government and served as Chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, President of the Court Appointed Special Advocates Board, Vice-President of the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, Advisory Board member of Safe Havens for Youth, and President of the League of Women Voters.
In 1996 Ms. Gorin was elected to the Santa Rosa School Board, subsequently served on the Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, and Santa Rosa Planning Commission. She then successfully ran for the Santa Rosa City Council where she served for six years. In addition to serving as a six-year city council member and two years as Mayor, Ms. Gorin was elected by the Sonoma County Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association to serve as their representative on the Executive Boards for the Association of Bay Area Governments and Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In 2012, Ms. Gorin was elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, representing the First District.
Ms. Gorin holds a deep love for the outdoors which was honed by living in the Northeast and Colorado where she learned about the basic need to balance one's inner compass. This passion grew with her three decades of living in Sonoma County, guiding her service to the community.
Sonoma County Water Advisory Committee – Chair
Sonoma County Mayor and Council members Association – Former Chair
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) – Executive Board, Representing the Sonoma County Mayors and Council members
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) – Executive Board, Representing our Sonoma County Mayors and Council members
Santa Rosa Mayor 2008 to 2010
City Council 2006 to present
City Planning Commission 2004 to 2006
City Board of Public Utilities 2002 to 2004
School Board (Santa Rosa City Schools) 1996 to 2000
League of Women Voters of Sonoma County – Former President
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee – Former Chair
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) –Former President
Concerned Citizens for Santa Rosa – Former Co-chair
Sonoma County Public Library Foundation – Former Vice-President
Safe Havens for Youth – Former Advisory Board Member