Napa Becomes Second County with an All-Female Board of Supervisors

In a historic first for the Bay Area, the Napa County Board of Supervisors is set to become an all-female body this January. 

Amber Manfree, Liz Alessio, and incumbent Belia Ramos have been certified as winners in the March 5 primary. Along with supervisors Joelle Gallagher and Anne Cottrell, they’re turning the five-member board 100% female.

“It’s exciting to be part of a historic moment,” Ramos told KQED. “The people voted in who they believed were the most qualified and capable candidates, and they all happened to be women.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors made history in 2020 as the first all-female BOS. Napa will be the second statewide and the first in Northern California. 

Susannah Delano, head of Close the Gap California, said it’s part of a “sea change” taking place all around the state. Women currently make up 40% of the State Legislature and hold pluralities on multiple county boards of supervisors.