Making a Difference in 2014!
     Curtis Byrd
                 For Santa Rosa City Council 2014
MEET THE CANDIDATE FOR SANTA ROSA CITY COUNCIL 2014 
As a native Santa Rosan, my care and concern for my community propels me toward making a difference to benefit our entire community! More than many, I understand the diverse needs of Santa Rosa and feel a deep commitment to make tough budget decisions to create sustainable jobs, improve our roads, green-up our parks, provide clean power to ratepayers, and clean up code violations.

Growing up in Santa Rosa was safe and fun. 















 




































































It is my desire to be part of something which will give rise to the power of community collaboration and networking that will benefit the entire community. My belief is that cities become prosperous and generate sustainable living wage jobs through innovative and collaborative efforts of  all levels of government, educational institutions, businesses and the community at-large. These entities, working together can achieve economic vitality.  

Open government fosters transparency, accountability of information, participation and contributing to ideas, community collaboration, and a shared direction between the at-large and business community which translates into economic vitality.  
2013 CARDINAL NEWMAN REUNION:  Left to right: Kevin Konicek, 1973; Curtis Byrd, 1973; Bill Price, 1971; Jerry Robinson, 1975; Dan Randolph, 1973. Konicek, Byrd Randolph and Gil Proctor (not pictured) hold the Cardinal Newman School record in the 1600 meter relay.  Byrd holds the school record in the 400m at 48.6.  Price is part of the 4 x 100m record setting relay team (Percy Grogans, Price, Randolph, Jim Wilkey) set in 1971.  Robinson, NFL lineback for the Oakland Raiders and Philadephia Eages (14-years), holds school records in the 200m and long jump.
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With addition of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), Sonoma Clean Power and the expansion of the
Sonoma County Airport, I believe Santa Rosa has the potential to become one of the Best 10 Cities in the United States.  To succeed in this new opportunity, we must learn to think “out of the box” and get more-for-less by powerfully and thoughtfully combining altruistic desires and motivations.
 
A wealth of experience and knowledge through education, community involvement, professional training, diversity 
of relationships, leadership skills and abilities qualifies me and  clearly align themselves with the duties and responsibilities of serving as a member of the Santa Rosa City Council:
Santa Rosa Press Democrat mural featuring the 50 Who Shaped Sonoma County (1900-1999).  Gilbert Gray (Curtis' grandfather depicted May 23, 1999).  
Mural located at Martin Luther King Park featuring leaders who influenced South Park and the community at-large. (Curtis' mother Ann Gray Byrd depicted August 2011).
EDUCATION
Graduated from Cardinal Newman high school, Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, and the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.   In progress: Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley.

PROFESSION
Currently, Community Relations Specialist for Blood Centers of the Pacific (formerly Blood Bank of the Redwoods). Previous experience: start-up, three Fortune 500 companies, non-profit, religious organizations and health industry.
ACHIEVEMENTS
• Student Body Parliamentarian, California Polytechnic State University
• Student Body Parliamentarian, Oregon State University
• Student Body Vice President, Oregon State University
• Captain Varsity Track & Field, California Polytechnic State University
• Captain Varsity Track & Field, Oregon State University
• Co-Editor for daily student publication “Barometer”, OSU
• Six-time track and field All-American
• Junior World Champion
• US World Record Holder Junior Track and Field Champion 1974
• School Record Holder 400m, Cardinal Newman High School
• School Record Holder 1600m relay, Cardinal Newman HS*
• 3rd All-Time 400m Cal Poly
• 2nd All-Time 400m OSU
• School Record 1600m relay, Cal Poly
Curtis age three on his first tricycle. 
Three elements that make up innovation and really supercharge the economic engine of “Best 10 Cites in the United States are: smart people, great ideas and community collaboration.  As the largest city north of San Francisco – Santa Rosa -- has a clear window and a unique opportunity to chart a new course as it moves into the 21st century.  
CITY COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
• By former Mayor Jane Bender to the Mayor’s Gang Task Force Policy Team (2005-09)
• By former Councilmember Marsha Vas Dupre to the Community Advisory Board (2008-10)
• By former City Manager Jeff Kolin to the interview team for Santa Rosa Police Chief (2009)
• By Councilmember Gary Wysocky to Santa Rosa Planning Commission (2010-current)
COMMUNITY BUILDING AND COLLABORATION
Treasurer Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministerial Association – current; Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights; appointed by Supervisor Mike McGuire, 2010-11; Invocation Santa Rosa Democratic Club Crab Feed, 2011; Career Day Presenter at Piner HS, 2012; Career Day Presenter at Casa Grande HS, 2012;  Ambassador Golden State Donor Services, 1992-2008; Technology Chair, Bridge to the Future Rites of Passage (Community Baptist Church), 2010-11; CEO/Executive Director Gray Scholarship Foundation, current.