Boards and Commissions: August in Review

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On the Docket: Celebrations!

Congratulations to B&C Fellow Linda Mazzu (Class of 2022, Boise) who was appointed to the Boise Parks and Recreation Commission at the Boise City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 16th. As a federal employee working for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service, Linda has a deep history with our public lands. She has vast knowledge not only about national public lands, but also carries experience of being a woman in a field dominated by men. She will be a very welcome addition to the local board and is eager to learn more about how her wealth of knowledge can benefit the citizens of Boise. You can read more about Linda here.

Rynca Essokodimba (Class of 2022, Twin Falls) has taken and passed her citizenship exam! On July 28th, she drove to Boise and got up early to take her exam and passed with flying colors!  Rynca comes from Africa as a refugee, and her family has made their home in Twin Falls. She is the oldest of the siblings and helps her parents navigate the complex systems in the United States. She attends the College of Southern Idaho while working full-time as a caregiver for individuals with disabilities. With her new status, she hopes to save money in order to travel and see other parts of the world. Congratulations, Rynca!! 

Recruitment: Coming to a Town Near You

I will be traveling around speaking with folks about the next Boards and Commissions Fellowship cohort which will begin in January 2023.

Here are the dates and locations:

  • September 14th: Twin Falls
  • September 15th: Pocatello
  • September 16th – 17th: Idaho Falls
  • September 27th: Wood River Valley
  • October 6th – 9th: Moscow 

I want to meet with you, so please reach out if you’d like to schedule a
one-on-one or if you are interested in attending an evening information session at any of these locations. Email or call or text me at 208-703-3063.

Growing the Movement

It has been a pleasure to work with the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters with their first class of Fellows who will graduate in September. I am also collaborating with League of Conservation Voters and CHISPA affiliates in Florida and Colorado to help them build a program in their states. Each of these affiliates are doing amazing work in their respective states that is building a new and innovative foundation for the conservation voter movement. CVI is excited to see what is next for the boards and commissions programs in these states!