Board of Directors

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District is governed by a 12-member Board consisting of elected officials appointed as specified by AB 2224: two county supervisors each from Marin and Sonoma counties, three appointed City Council members from each county and two representatives from the Golden Gate Bridge District.

The SMART District is charged with planning, engineering, evaluating and implementing passenger train service and corridor maintenance from Cloverdale to Larkspur.

SMART Board of Directors

 

Debora Fudge – Chair
Sonoma County Mayors and Councilmembers Association

Email: dfudge@townofwindsor.com
Phone: (707) 522-8481

Debora Fudge is the Mayor of the Town of Windsor and is the only six-time Mayor in Windsor’s history. She has worked to change Windsor from an exit on the highway to a town with a heart, helping to create Windsor’s Downtown and Town Green. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) and is excited to be a Board member during startup of passenger rail service in Marin and Sonoma Counties. She is working hard to extend the train north to Windsor, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in community development and environmental planning. Creating greenbelts, transit oriented development, and now commuter rail service are her life’s work which she has been pleased to be able to contribute to Sonoma County.  

 

 


Kathrin Sears – Vice Chair
Marin County Board of Supervisors

Email: ksears@marincounty.org
Phone: (415) 473-7331

Supervisor Kate Sears is Southern Marin’s elected representative on the Marin Board of Supervisors. Kate had a career in both the public and private sectors prior to being appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the District Three Supervisorial seat in May of 2011, winning election in June 2012, and re-election on June 7, 2016. Kate was also an attorney in private practice for 16 years before joining the Consumer Law Section of the California Attorney General's Office in 2005. Her goals include creating healthy and equitable communities, improving public transit options, taking care of our aging community, addressing our housing affordability crisis, enhancing renewable energy and protecting our environment.

 

Judy Arnold
Marin County Board of Supervisors

Email: JArnold@marincounty.org
Phone: (415) 473-7331

Judy Arnold has served on the Marin County Board of Supervisors representing District 5 (Novato) since first being elected in 2006. Prior to that, Judy served on the Novato City Council from 2003-2006 and was involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. As Supervisor, Judy founded the Marin Economic Forum to focus on a local and sustainable economy; authored a resolution adding Education to the Board’s goals of sustainability; has been an advocate for government transparency and meaningful pension reform; and as a board member of SMART, the Golden Gate Bridge District, the Transportation Authority of Marin and Marin Transit, she has actively worked to reduce traffic congestion and improve our transportation infrastructure. Judy lives in Novato with her husband Bruce and is a proud mother and grandmother.

 

 


Jim Eddie
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway/Transportation District

Phone: 565-2241

Director Eddie took the oath of office joining the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District on January 6, 1995. Director Eddie was appointed by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and is the sole representative from Mendocino County.

During his tenure, James C. Eddie was elected by the Board of Directors (Board) to serve as its 40th President during the years 2013 and 2014. Director Eddie is currently one of the two District representatives on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District Board. He also serves as the First District Representative of the Board of Advisors for the Mendocino County Museum. Director Eddie previously served as a Trust member of the Board of Trustees for the Other Post- Employment Benefits Retirement Investment Trust Board and as the Chair of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad Authority.

Director Eddie served as a member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors for 20 years, retiring in December 1994. He is a resident of Potter Valley where he manages the family ranch, Eddie Ranch, LLC, and has three children and eight grandchildren.
 

 

Daniel Hillmer
Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers

Email: dhillmer@cityoflarkspur.org
Phone: (415) 927-5110

Dan Hillmer currently works with Muses Labs Inc., a health care technology company, implementing the Alzheimer’s disease treatment protocol (MEND) developed at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato. Trained as an urban designer and architect, he has 30 years of experience in public and private development projects throughout California. He has also taught at the University of Illinois and served as guest design lecturer at Stanford University. Director Hillmer is currently Vice Mayor and a City Councilmember in Larkspur, and has served four terms as Mayor. He currently represents the Larkspur City Council to the Transportation Authority of Marin, Ross Valley Paramedic Authority, Ross Valley Flood Zone 9 AB, MCCMC Legislative Committee and is a Commissioner to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission. 

 

 

 

 

Eric Lucan
Transportation Authority of Marin

Email: elucan@novato.org
Phone: (415) 272-3265

Eric Lucan was elected to the Novato City Council in 2011 and served as Mayor in 2014.  He was a member of the SMART Board in 2012-2014 and came back on the board starting in 2016.  He holds an MBA from Georgia State University and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Mike’s Bikes. Eric is a strong advocate for improving and expanding multi-modal public transportation options.  He also serves on the board of the Transportation Authority of Marin and in 2012 was named in the Top 40 Under 40 by the North Bay Business Journal.  As a native of Novato, Eric and his wife Kiley are proud to call Novato home.

 

 


Jake Mackenzie
Sonoma County Mayors and Councilmembers Association

Email: blumacjazz@aol.com
Phone: (707) 548-3419

Jake Mackenzie is a five-time Rohnert Park mayor who has played a major role in regional transportation and land use issues. In addition to serving on the SMART Board of Directors, he is also chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  Director Mackenzie was born in Scotland and came to the United States in 1962 to attend Oregon State University, where he earned his doctorate degree. He also worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 30 years, before retiring in 2002. He has lived in Rohnert Park since 1985, and as the city’s mayor, helps oversee its $34.9 million annual budget.

 

 


Barbara Pahre
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway/Transportation District

Email: bpahre@pacbell.net
Phone: (707) 224-7129

In addition to serving on the SMART Board of Directors, Barbara Pahre is second vice president on the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, where she is chair of the Finance-Auditing Committee, and a member of the Transportation Committee, and the Rules, Policy and Industrial Relations Committee. Director Pahre is also a facilitator for the Napa Food Bank/Latinos Unidos Sanctuary Garden. She retired as an associate superintendent for the Napa Valley Unified School District, and is an adjunct professor at Chapman University. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Connolly Educational Ranch and a member of the Governance Board of Covenant Presbyterian Church. She is immediate past president, Division 65 California Retired Teachers Association, and a former chair of the State Dairy Council Advisory Board and the Napa County Fish and Game Commission. She also served on the City of Napa Open Space Committee, the City of Napa General Plan Review Committee and the City of Napa Civil Service Commission. She has a degree from Iowa State University, a graduate degree from Sonoma State University, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Southern California.

 

 

 

 

Gary Phillips
Transportation Authority of Marin

Email: gary.phillips@cityofsanrafael.org
Phone: (415) 485-3074

Gary and his wife of over 40 years, Linda, have made San Rafael their home since 1972.  Together, they’ve raised their three children, Kenneth, Janette, Lisa, and become active members in the San Rafael community.

As his children were being educated in the Dixie School District and attending Terra Linda High School, Gary became increasingly involved in our local school system. Eventually, Gary successfully ran for the Dixie School Board where he served for 8 years, including two terms as its President. During his tenure, he helped turn the Dixie School District into one of the most respected, well-run educational systems in Marin County.

Gary then went on to serve three years on the San Rafael Planning Commission. While he was on the Commission, he provided pragmatic and informed decision making on important planning issues.

In 1994, Gary ran for a seat on the San Rafael City Council and won the election. Ultimately, he was re-elected to the Council three times serving from 1995 to 2007, and elected Mayor in 2011.

As a Mayor, Gary is known for his abilities to bring consensus, make decisions based on his principles and provide strong leadership at critical times.  During his service on the San Rafael City Council, Gary has worked tirelessly to revitalize Downtown, improve our City parks and community centers and make sound environmental choices. Gary’s professional skills as a Certified Public Accountant also give him an expert understanding of fiscal matters and budgetary issues before the Council.

In his professional life, Gary is a retired partner of DZH Phillips LLP, a San Francisco CPA/Business Advisory and Consulting firm which employs over 100 people in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and Burlingame. He served as Managing Partner for 15 years, and head of the Business Consulting and Advisory services division specializing in business valuations, mergers and acquisitions and litigation support.  Gary sat on the advisory boards of Golden Gate University and a regional bank.   He received his Degree and MBA from Humboldt State University with additional studies at the University of California – Berkeley.

 

 


David Rabbitt
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Email: David.Rabbitt@sonoma-county.org
Phone: (707) 565-2241

Supervisor David Rabbitt was elected in November, 2010 and is serving his second term representing the diverse blend of urban and rural comprising the Second District of Sonoma County. He has served as a Director on the SMART board since 2013. He has served two consecutive terms as Chair of the Board of Supervisors in 2013 and 2014 and is currently Chair Pro Tem for 2017.

In 2017, Supervisor Rabbitt’s regional assignments include the Golden Gate Bridge District, Association of Bay Area Governments, and the North Bay Water Reuse Authority. Supervisor Rabbitt’s countywide assignments include Sonoma County Employee Retirement Association, Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority. He was appointed by the Governor to the California Seismic Safety Commission in 2013. Supervisor Rabbitt is an architect, and resides in Petaluma with his wife and three children. 

 

 


Carol Russell
Sonoma County Mayors and Councilmembers Association

Email: crussell@ci.cloverdale.ca.us
Phone: (707) 894-2521

A North Bay resident since 1973 and a life-long volunteer in community service and professional organizations, Carol Russell operates on the principle that public office is more than an honor, more than a duty. It is a solemn trust.

Retired from a 35-year career as a workforce/career development specialist and co-founder, with her spouse Roz Katz, of a Bay Area staffing firm twice named to INC Magazine’s list of “America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies”, Carol was first elected to the Cloverdale city council in 2006 and re-elected to her third term in 2014. She has twice been Vice Mayor (2009; 2013) and Mayor (2010; 2014).  

Each year, in addition to serving as a member or Chair of a range of city-based sub and ad hoc committees, Carol also serves on county, regional and/or state committees, boards and/or commissions. In 2017 these include: Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Board (first appointed by the Sonoma County Mayor and Council Members Association in 2009); Vice-Chair of the Sonoma County Transit Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority Boards; Sonoma County Dept. of Health’s Health Action Council, and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District.                   

 

Shirlee Zane
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Email: Shirlee.Zane@Sonoma-County.org
Phone: (707) 565-2241

Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane took office in January 2009. Prior to her election, she served for 10 years as CEO for Council on Aging. Supervisor Zane has over three decades of experience working in the fields of health and human services. SMART Director Zane also serves on several countywide and regional boards including the Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, among others. In addition to her County and regional assignments, she is a member of the Healthy Counties Advisory Board, is Vice Chair of Aging on the Human Services and Education Committee, and serves on the Veterans and Military Services Committee, all under the purview of the National Association of Counties. She is also a strong proponent of transit oriented development and multi-modal transportation and believes both are important for a healthy community.