Speaker Date Topic
Bruce McPherson Dec 09, 2021 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County

Bruce McPherson was elected to the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He represents the Fifth District, which includes the San Lorenzo Valley, most of Scotts Valley, and a small part of Santa Cruz. Bruce has a long and distinguished record of serving Santa Cruz County. A fourth-generation Santa Cruz County native, Bruce's career began as a reporter at his family newspaper, the Sentinel, later rising to Editor. He served two terms in the California State Assembly (1993-96) and two terms in the California State Senate (1996-2004). Following the resignation of California’s Secretary of State in early 2005, Bruce was confirmed unanimously in both the Assembly and Senate to be Secretary of State. He was recognized as Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations and foundations. Throughout the years, Bruce has worked closely with Second Harvest Food Bank, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, the Cabrillo College 50th Anniversary Scholarship Committee, United Way, the Tannery Arts Center, Ecology Action, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Exploration Center, American Red Cross, and many other non-profit agencies. He has been honored for his dedication and commitment to improving education, supporting public safety, fighting for environmental protection, and assisting small businesses.

Sally Arnold Dec 15, 2021 7:30 AM
Rail & Trail
Rail & Trail

Sally Arnold has been a resident of Santa Cruz County since the mid-1970’s.  After a 30 year carreer in education, mostly in Soquel School District, Sally has become a transportation activist in her retirement.  Sally serves on the Transportation Committee of the local Sierra Club, on the Bicycle Advisory Committee to the Regional Transportation Committee, on the Stakeholder Committee of the County Active Transportation Plan, and on the Board of Friends of the Rail and Trail. 

Founded in 2002, Santa Cruz County Friends of the Rail & Trail is an all volunteer non-profit organization that advocates for transforming the 32-mile Coastal Rail Corridor into a trail and rail transit system that increases choice, reduces environmental impact, and supports a vital economy. Together, we work to raise awareness and catalyze our community by: 

  • Encouraging residents to express their opinions to decision-makers in writing and in person 
  • Educating the public, agency staff and elected officials
  • Partnering with other local and regional nonprofits
Dani Derrick (tentative) Feb 03, 2022 7:30 AM
Cyber Security
Cyber Security

Dani Derrick is a technologist and currently Director of Business Development at cybersecurity start-up, Eclypsium. Her first computer at age 11, a gift from her dad, was a Commodore VIC-20 in the early 80’s. Her first job in tech was selling software for Borland to programmers, and she developed a love for helping people stay safe in the online world at SurfControl selling web and email filtering across SMB and the Enterprise. Mom to two humans and one fur baby, Dani currently lives in Ben Lomond, California, and revels in off-grid camping trips in Oregon and Black Rock City whenever possible.