Volunteerism and civic engagement is at the heart of what Emily believes in. The ability for citizens to engage their elected officials is paramount to the success of any community.

A member of the Rio Vista community for 40 years, Emily believes in honoring Rio Vista’s past, but focusing on our future.

Her love for civic engagement and politics was formed around the dinner table.  Her family believed that political involvement and volunteerism were essential foundations of our democracy, an idea that was also influenced by two teachers at Rio Vista High School, Mr. William Fulk and Mr. Al Coglianese. 

It was this passion for politics that carried Emily to Southern Oregon University to study Political Science and US History.

After college, Emily returned to Rio Vista, marrying the love of her life, Peter.

Emily took all her life long influences and experiences and translated them into a passion for volunteerism. Emily has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission (chair) and led the final push for the construction of the Rio Vista Skate Park and the Promenade at the Riverfront.

Emily then transitioned to the Planning Commission, where she tried to work collaboratively with it’s members and staff.

She has led Rio Vista AYSO, as it’s Regional Commissioner for the last 5 years and was awarded the President’s Circle for increasing membership over two consecutive years as well as the Manny Hirshel Award for Volunteerism.

She is a proud member of the Rio Vista Lions Club.

She was elected as a member of the Site Council for DH White Elementary and as a representative to the River Delta Unified School District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Emily also is currently serving as an external stakeholder of the Rio Vista Fire Department’s Chief’s Committee.

By far and away, her best accomplishments are named Anna (13), Henry (11) and William (9), her kids.  Their future drives her passion and enthusiasm for the future of Rio Vista. 



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