Board of Directors
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District Board of Directors, established in 2002, 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.
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SMART Board of Directors
Marin County Board of Supervisors
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.
Marin County Board of Supervisors
Sonoma County Mayors and Councilmembers Association Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (707) 522-8481
Debora Fudge is the Vice 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 has previously served 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.
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Patty Garbarino, while serving as president of Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center and Marin Resource Recovery Center, blazed a trail as the first woman president of the California Refuse Recycling Council. Today, Patty is responsible for policy development and implementation and the overall management and oversight of the operations of the company. Patty also remains directly involved in all aspects of the company’s governmental and community relations as well as the public education program. Patty has been recognized for her civic and community contributions, including being inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, honored with a Women In Business Award for Environmental Service, and Citizen of the Year by the City of San Rafael.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016. Supervisor Gorin represents the First District of Sonoma County, which is comprised of eastern Santa Rosa, the unincorporated communities of Sonoma Valley, and the City of Sonoma. She serves on numerous county committees, commissions and agencies including the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association. In addition to her County assignments Supervisor Gorin represents the Board of Supervisors regionally at San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, San Francisco Bay Conservation Development Commission, North Bay Water Reuse Authority and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
Ms. Gorin graduated from Sonoma State University in 1991, cum laude, with degree in Political Science and Economics. Prior to her election to the Board of Supervisors she was elected and served as a six-year Santa Rosa City Councilmember including two years as Mayor.
Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers
Phone: (415) 927-5110
Dan Hillmer currently works as Sr. Adviser to uMETHOD Health Inc. (uMH), a health care technology company building A.I. enabled clinical decision support software (CDSS) to manage complex chronic diseases. uMH Tools used by physicians at the Cleveland Clinic and offered to physicians nationally thru QUEST blood labs include RestoreU for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (and Depression), as well as IMMUNE Score to help assess infection risk for employers, first responders and essential workers during the COVID Pandemic. Trained as an urban designer and architect, Dan 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 a City Councilmember in Larkspur, and has served five 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, and is a Commissioner to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Sonoma County Mayors' and Councilmembers Association