Director Heidi Sanborn, Ward 7

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Heidi Sanborn was first elected to the SMUD Board of Directors in 2018 and began serving on the SMUD Board in January 2019. She represents Ward 7, which includes North Highlands, Carmichael, Antelope and Foothill Farms.

Sanborn is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Stewardship Action Council and was the founding Director of the California Product Stewardship Council for 12 years.  These nonprofits are dedicated to reducing waste, increasing recycling and advocating for a circular economy.

In addition to her work, Sanborn also takes a personal interest in going green. Since purchasing their home in 2001, Sanborn and her husband have been remodeling their house to include solar hot water, solar panels from SMUD and LED lighting. They’re even Greenergy® customers and she drives an electric car.

Sanborn is also active in the community. She served as the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness. As such, she spearheaded the efforts to start a walk for mental health, conducted police trainings and taught family-to-family classes. She also was a Big Sister for six years to a girl who graduated from the Sacramento Unified School District.

Over the past 15 years, Sanborn and her husband have also volunteered with Front Street Animal Shelter, fostering 67 dogs during that time.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sanborn also lived in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan before moving out west. Sanborn is a graduate of UC Davis where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-Public Service. She also earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from USC. Heidi and her husband have lived in Sacramento for over 25 years. 

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Zip codes in Ward 7:

95608, 95621, 95626, 95628, 95652, 95660, 95673, 95821, 95824, 95825, 95838, 95841, 95842, 95843, 95864