Welcoming our New Executive Director

Foothill Conservancy is pleased to welcome Craig Baracco to the position of Executive Director. Craig has a proven record of working in and around local government to involve the public in land use planning and environmental review.

“We’re excited to have Craig join our team,” says Brian Jobson, Foothill Conservancy’s board president. “He’s worked closely in our local media for years, reporting on a myriad of projects being considered by City Councils and County Supervisors in Amador and Calaveras Counties, so he brings a wealth of experience in issues that interest our membership.

Craig has worked as a reporter covering local government for both the Ledger-Dispatch and KVGC for over ten years. Before that, he was a city planner working on issues for Yolo County and the City of Stockton as a private consultant.

“I’m eager to get started and advance the goals and add to the accomplishments of the Foothill Conservancy,” Craig said. “From securing the Mokelumne River’s Wild & Scenic status from Salt Springs to Highway 49 to working with the Amador Vintners Association on the county draft winery ordinance to limit large-scale commercial uses and preserve our rural character and agricultural integrity, the Foothill Conservancy has worked with the community to achieve great things. As the new executive director, I’ll work with our members and the Board to continue preserving our rural character and enhancing the quality of life in Amador and Calaveras Counties.”

For thirty-three years, the Foothill Conservancy has protected, restored, and sustained the natural and human environment in the Central Sierra for the benefit of current and future generations. What began as a small group of concerned citizens has grown into a resilient, award-winning organization with a strong record of accomplishments.

Craig starts work at the Foothill Conservancy’s office at 35 Court St. in downtown Jackson on August 1. Stop by the office, reach us at fhc@foothillconservancy.org, or call 209-223-3508 if you would like to learn more about what the Foothill Conservancy is working on.

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Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.