Fire Safe Sonoma

Contact person: Vern Losh, Vice Chair of the Board

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California (707) 676-4600,

The Fire Safe Sonoma Board of Directors are pleased to announce the hiring of our first Executive Coordinator. The Board unanimously chose Marika Ramsden from the field of candidates that were reviewed for the position.

Marika was born in Santa Cruz but grew up in the United Kingdom. After graduating from the Scottish University of Saint Andrews with a master’s degree with honors in Sustainable Development, she cycled the UK, followed by the coast of California leading workshops on sustainability for youth. 

In 2013, she settled in Sonoma County where she developed the youth program for the international One Planet Living movement and worked with Credo High School to help them become the first One Planet School in the world. Marika is well connected in the Sonoma County non-profit world, having organized multiple county youth summits, and worked alongside them to coordinate projects, presentations, and workshops. 

One of Marika’s primary goals is to find ways to help communities become more resilient and that is exactly how she fits in with Fire Safe Sonoma. Marika has jumped right into her new role bringing her knowledge, skills, and abilities to continue the mission of Fire Safe Sonoma; to increase awareness of wildfire issues in our county and help residents and firefighting agencies to achieve improved wildfire safety.

“As fire season approaches, like many of us here in Sonoma County, I have often found myself wanting to escape California for less fire-prone climates. It is clear now that this is not the answer. As I continue to learn more about fire mitigation, protection, and prevention resources here in Sonoma County, my anxiety has settled. As the Executive Coordinator, I’m eager to support new and existing groups access more resources while working together to protect our Sonoma County Communities.” 

Marika shares her Santa Rosa home with her husband, Stephen and their active 2-year-old daughter.

The Board welcomes Marika to this new position.

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