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Accomplishments & Board Assignments

 

I am pleased to work with a board and staff dedicated to supporting our county's communities by providing superior services while protecting our unique rural environment. I've taken the job of supervisor seriously, and I've taken it to heart, focusing on improving county government and outcomes for the people who live in and visit Mono County.

Over the last three years, I have been a force for positive change and civility in local government through open communication, good judgment, and decisive leadership. I strive to serve my constituents in Mammoth, to advance the interests of all Mono County communities, and to take care of our beloved public lands. My accomplishments on the Board of Supervisors include setting and executing on clear strategic priorities, assuring financial stability and building reserves, improving government transparency and online services, managing risk, and strengthening our emergency medical services department. 

A major part of the job of a county supervisor is representing the county on a number of regional boards and commissions. Current board assignments include:

Continuing Education

Credentialed California County Supervisor, California State Association of Counties Institute for Excellence in County Government

California State Association of Counties New Supervisors Institute

CSAC Institute Leadership Symposium with Marty Linsky

 

My Qualifications & Background 

My professional experience as a nonprofit leader and background in communications, earned during 15 years in the Eastern Sierra as a teacher, entrepreneur, writer, publisher, and executive director, helped me develop the necessary tools and good judgment required for this office. 

I grew up in Lancaster, CA, making the drive up highways 14/395 for ski trips each winter as a kid. I was drawn back to the Eastern Sierra in my twenties after earning a B.A. at UC Irvine and M.A. at UC Berkeley, where I also did Ph.D. work and taught undergraduate courses. Like so many locals, I came to Mammoth for a season and ended up staying and making a home here. I live in Old Mammoth with my husband, Ron Cohen, and our two dogs (both from local animal shelters). I spend as much time as I can outside in the mountains, connecting with nature.

I feel fortunate to have built a rewarding career and a fulfilling life in this incredible place. As the elected representative for District 5, I work to assure that the citizens of Mammoth Lakes and all Mono County residents have the same opportunity to thrive.

Working together, we are realizing a vision of Mono County as a wonderful, wild, business friendly, and economically sustainable place to live and visit.

Nonprofit Leadership Experience

As the Executive Director of two nonprofit/non-government organizations (Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, 2012-2014 and Friends of the Inyo 2008-2012, ED 2010-2012), I worked to address issues and solve problems in Mono County, from land use planning and building trails to improving the public school system in Mammoth Lakes. I have worked with the County, the Town, the Forest Service, the Park Service, the BLM, school districts and non-government organizations to plan and implement.

For example, at Friends of the Inyo I developed the Summer of Stewardship (Trail Days) programs which have resulted in hundreds of volunteer hours aimed at improving the Lakes Basin and other heavily used recreation areas.
Through the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation, I advanced programs that have enabled kids to balance school and competitive athletics in highly innovative ways. In short, I have a reputation for building collaborative, inclusive approaches to complex problems.

  • Legislative Know-How: I was a key member of a bi-partisan team working on legislation (The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act) that resulted in designation of over 400,000 acres of wilderness (including the Owens River Headwaters Wilderness), and which also resulted in the creation of the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, the first congressionally designated snowmobile recreation area. We built grassroots support (including obtaining support of both the Mono County Board of Supervisors and Mammoth Lakes Town Council), worked with legislators and lobbied in DC on a bill that became federal law in March 2009. It is important to note that while some will try to paint my involvement in this activity as “extreme,” the bill that I worked to see enacted was co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Buck McKeon and Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer – as bi-partisan a bill as could possibly exist, and which specifically included provisions for motorized and non-motorized access.  
  • Writing and Editing: I co-founded the highly acclaimed Eastside Magazine in 2007, and wrote and edited for local publications and the Wilderness Press. I helped author one of the leading hiking guides in the region, and I received writing awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of California.
  • Marketing Communications: Starting in 2001 as Mammoth Mountain’s copy writer, I honed marketing communication skills that have served me well in every job I’ve had since—snappy copy sells!
  • Teaching: I taught German language at UC Berkeley (I was named Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor in 1996-1997), and at Cerro Coso College in Mammoth (which included teaching Mammoth High School students).

 Volunteering

I’ve gotten to know great people in a variety of community groups while volunteering on nonprofit boards, and working on school funding programs and trails stewardship, bringing people together for projects that benefit our community, our sense of place and culture, and our environment. 

  • Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps: Board Member
  • Mono Arts Council: Board Member
  • Sierra Classic Theatre: I've been a part of SCT since its first production, serving as a founding board member, and writing, directing and acting in numerous plays.  



Re-Elect Corless
Mono County Supervisor
District 5 2018
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