The Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District's Board of Directors are appointed for a four-year term by the Yolo County Board of Supervisors; one director for each supervisoral district. The District's board consists of all volunteers and they receive no compensation for their services. For more information regarding the terms of current board members and how to apply for membership, please access the link below for the Yolo County information sheet.
Yolo County Advisory Body Information Sheet
The Board meets at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the District office, 34274 State Highway16, Woodland, CA. The public is always welcome and encouraged to share its views and concerns. Please call the District office at 530-662-0265 if you would like to contact a member of the District's Board of Directors.
Board members regularly attend ethics training in accordance to California law commonly referred to AB1234.
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Tom Barth - Chair
Tom Barth is a founding partner of Barth Daly LLP, a Sacramento-based law firm that offers legal representation on a broad range of issues including criminal, civil and government law for private and public sector clients. He began his legal career as a U.S. Army JAG attorney, with more than 75 trials to verdict. He is currently an Associate Justice of the California Military Appeals Panel.
Tom Barth's interest in water issues stems from his interest in preserving and protecting local and regional agriculture, and the realization that ensuring an adequate water supply is essential to fulfilling that goal. He is inspired by the legacy of his father, Roy Barth, who served on the District Board for 35 years, earning the District's 2002 Water Stewardship Award for negotiations leading to the purchase of the Clear Lake Water Company, thereby securing water rights to Clear Lake, and for promoting construction of Indian Valley Reservoir. In addition to serving on the District's Board, Tom serves on the board of the Yolo County Landowners' Association, which focuses on protecting property rights in rural Yolo County. Tom was appointed to the District's Board in 2015.
JIM MAYER - Vice Chair
Jim Mayer is the former CEO and president emeritus of Califoronia Forward, a statewide governance reform organization. He retired from the positions in 2019 and is an adjunct professor at McGeorge School of Law's public policy program and a senior fellow with California Forward.
Previously Jim was executive director of the Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan state agency that reviews programs and recommends changes to the Governor and the Legislature. While serving with Commission, Jim managed and directed nearly three dozen in-depth performance reviews of state policies and operations.
For more than a decade, Jim was a daily newspaper reporter at the Sacramento Bee, the Bakersfield Californian and the Press Tribune in Placer County. He was recognized statewide for his coverage of water and other natural resource issues.
He has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; a master's degree in public policy from Sacramento State University and was a mid-career fellow at the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources.
He is a former director of the Yolo County Resource Conservation District. His family owns and manages an olive farm and olive oil company in Woodland.
Mary is the Executive Director of the Center for Land-Based Learning. Mary joined the Center in 1998, and led its growth from a small, 30 student program to an organization with five programs in 15 California counties. Programs include the California Farm Academy, which is the only beginning farmer training program of its kind in Northern California.
Mary was raised on a small farm in Yolo County, and is active in local and regional groups including serving as the Co-Chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s “Cap-to-Cap” Ag and Food Team; and has served two terms as the Chair of the Yolo County Planning Commission from 2006-2014, and on the Board of the Yolo Land Trust for eight years.
Mary holds a Master’s Degree in Human and Community Development from the Ohio State University, and received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Agriculture Science and Management, with an emphasis in Plant Science. Mary was appointed to the YCFC&WCD Board in 2015.
A lifelong interest in farming and community service have been two hallmarks of Shane Tucker's life. Before establishing his family farm, Shane worked for 20 years in commercial and agricultural real estate investments. He began his farming career in 2007 when he moved to Davis and established Stoma Farms, where he currently grows walnuts and pistachios.
Shane's life experience provides deep knowledge of the realities of farming and led to a commitment to protecting natural resources. He is dedicated to enhancing and protecting water supplies for agricultural use and using those water resources in the most efficient way possible. He has been an early adopter of technology to monitor field conditions to improve water management and efficiency.
Shane is currently an advisory board member for two family-owned vertically integrated agribusiness operations and is past board chair for Sierra Nevada Journeys. Previously, he served as a commissioner for the California Avocado Commission. He holds a bachelor and master's degree in Plant Pathology from Mississippi State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He was appointed to the District's Board of Directors in 2021 by Supervisor Provenza.
Erik Vink joined the Delta Protection Commission as its Executive Director in August 2013. The Delta Protection Commission is a state agency that ensures orderly, balanced conservation and development of Delta land resources according to a state plan for the Delta. Prior to that, he spent ten years directing land conservation efforts in the Central Valley for The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national nonprofit land conservation organization. Prior to joining TPL, Vink served as Assistant Director of the California Department of Conservation, overseeing the state's farmland protection programs, including the Williamson Act and California Farmland Conservancy Program. He also served for more than ten years with American Farmland Trust in a variety of capacities, including California Field Director. He holds a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis and is a graduate of the California Agricultural Leadership Program. He was appointed to the YCFC&WCD Board in 2001.
Board meetings are regularly scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Meetings are to be held at the District office unless otherwise noted.
Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District
34274 State Highway 16
Woodland, CA 95695-9371
Phone: (530) 662-0265
Fax: (530) 662-4982
Agendas will normally be posted three days prior to the meeting date. Meetings are to be held at the District office unless otherwise noted.