Sonoma County is a medium-sized, urban-rural county one hour north of San Francisco known for its wine country. The county has been a democratic stronghold in recent decades. In response to the health and economic disparities exposed by devastating wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma County enacted several key strategies to make the county a more equitable place for all its residents.
While the county has shown commitment by planting the seeds to address disparities and racism and made substantial progress, there is still much work to do. Three key challenges stand out for sustaining and growing current equity work.
Looking forward, Sonoma County equity leaders recognize it will take years and significant ongoing resources and commitment to undo years of racism and discrimination; yet they remain hopeful that the county will continue its progress.