Hello, I'm Lauren Hanson. I've served on the Goleta Water District board since being elected in 2008. That was my first run for public office and I was fortunate to come in first among five candidates. I am currently the Goleta Water District's board president.
My board colleagues and I work with an exceptional District staff to provide quality water service to the Goleta Valley community.
I was born and raised in Hawaii and went to college on the East Coast, earning a B.A. in economics from Yale and an M.B.A. from Harvard. I've been a Californian since grad school and a resident of the Goleta Valley since 2000.
Before being elected to the District board, I served on the Eastern Goleta Valley Vision Committee, having been appointed by the County's Second District Supervisor. That committee worked to envision a sustainable, "gentle on the earth" future for the area. I co-wrote our vision document. To read it, click here.
I was active in the 2014 Yes on Measure P campaign, in part because of my great interest in the protection of groundwater resources.
As a concerned resident, I was also active in a recent community effort that successfully supported keeping a major trash processing facility out of the heart of the Goleta Valley.
I am eager to continue working with my Goleta Water District board colleagues, including Rick Merrifield and Bill Rosen, who are also running for re-election this year. I have endorsed Rick and Bill, and they and our other two board colleagues, Meg West and Jack Cunningham, have been kind enough to endorse me.