Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 5th District
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is in her first term representing the geographically large and economically diverse Fifth District. Her District includes the entire Sonoma County coastline, the lower Russian River, many unincorporated rural villages, the city of Sebastopol, and the Southwestern portion of the city of Santa Rosa. Lynda’s interest in public policy and land use began while attending Stanford University, where she studied environmental problem solving focused on coastal land use, mass transit, land use policy through the Earth Systems (BS, MS) Program. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing, which led to her work as a journalist focused on local government.
After earning her Master’s from Stanford, Lynda and her husband Emmett moved to his childhood home in Sonoma County. The couple put down roots together by starting Foggy River Farm, a diversified organic farm, on the Hopkins family property. Lynda and Emmett now have two daughters, Gillian and Addy, who are the fourth generation to pick apples from the old Gravenstein apple trees by the Russian River.
Foggy River Farm is a “family-run, community-oriented farm” whose mission is to “grow food that is good for our souls, our bodies, and the land.” The farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program feeds over 75 families, and you can also find their produce at farmers’ markets and restaurants around the county. Foggy River Farm is entering its tenth full growing season.
Supervisor Hopkins is a hands-on leader who attends many community events, river clean ups, and actively promotes transparent government through town hall meetings and inviting community participation and feedback. Lynda looks forward to continuing to work with the Roseland community as it joins the City of Santa Rosa, and with our river and coastal communities to ensure that their needs and concerns are addressed by the Board of Supervisors.
Lynda is a passionate advocate for environmental protection, coastal access for all Californians, social justice, and early childhood education. In addition to her involvement in the agricultural community, she also serves on the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County Board of Directors.