Evelyn Mitchell, Mayor
Since coming to live in Healdsburg in 1998, Evelyn started her own consulting business, earned an Executive MBA and volunteered on the board of the Humane Society of Sonoma County for over 10 years. Evelyn has been running her management and accounting consulting business since 2005 and has had many years of corporate experience in management and accounting prior to that, working across many industries. Evelyn’s education and business background have provided her with the experience of building relationships and helping clients define and achieve their goals. Working mainly with family owned businesses, where there are unique challenges and dynamics, Evelyn listens to all sides of the situation and helps achieve clarity, consensus and direction, while adding her own thoughts and ideas to the mix.
As Board President of the Humane Society for five years, Evelyn was directly involved in helping restore the Healdsburg animal shelter. Through this process, she experienced first-hand the collaboration the City provided to the Humane Society in order to facilitate bringing this asset back to the community. Evelyn’s experience with the City Manager, City Council and the Police Department was very positive and confirmed her confidence in our city government.
Evelyn is a third generation Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Palo Alto. She and her husband, Tom O’Hair, were married in their backyard in Healdsburg, with close friends and family sharing the day with them. Evelyn and Tom live with their two “perfect” rescue dogs, Buddy and Eli, a few blocks from where Tom grew up and his Mom stills lives. Tom and Evelyn are both avid runners, having run numerous marathons. Evelyn continues to be an animal advocate and is still serving on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Sonoma County.
Evelyn recognizes there are a number of challenges ahead for Healdsburg. Achieving the right balance and keeping in mind what is best for the City is essential. Evelyn’s commitment to her community inspires her to do everything she can to keep the focus on maintaining our “small town” charm, while continuing to grow.