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District 5
Term of Office
 January 5, 2015 - January 7, 2019                   

Denise Carter holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from UCLA.  She completed a two year Fellowship in the California Agricultural Leadership Program in 2009, whose mission is to provide advanced leadership development experience for emerging agricultural leaders.

Her professional career began as a design and project engineer for Texaco at refinery locations in Wilmington, CA and Eagle Point, NJ.  Cross training in marketing as well as supply and distribution rounded out her 15 year career in the petroleum industry.

In 1993, she and her husband moved to Colusa County to assume management of the family farm.  Ms. Carter's responsibilities on the farm include financial, marketing, regulatory compliance, and organic operation certification.  She has been a Director and 2nd Vice President of the Colusa County Farm Bureau, as well as the North Valley Chapter President of CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). While raising her children she served as a 4-H sheep project leader for 5 years, a soccer coach, and a school volunteer.

In November, 2007, Ms. Carter was appointed to the Colusa County Board of Supervisors and has been re-elected twice.  She has focused on rural community flood protection in the Sacramento Valley and is currently leading efforts for the Countywide Groundwater Sustainability Agency.  Additionally, Ms. Carter facilitated the siting of a Natural Gas underground storage facility in the County.  She also serves on the Colusa County Transportation Commission, LAFCo, California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) as well as many other local boards, committees, and commissions.

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Denise J. Carter
District 5

Ph: (530) 458-0508
Committee, Commission, Board & District Voting Member Assignments
  • California State Association of Counties (CSAC)
  • Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
  • Rural Counties - Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority (ESJPA)
  • Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA)
  • Children and Families Commission/First 5
  • Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee
  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo)
  • Local Transit Agency & Transportation Commission
  • National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Alternate
  • Sacramento Valley Basin Wide Air Pollution Control Council
  • Sierra Sacramento EMS - Alternate
  • Airport Advisory Committee 
  • City's Oversight Board - City of Colusa
  • Colusa Groundwater Authority, JPA  
  • Colusa City Council Liaison
  • Colusa County Farm Show Committee – Fair Board Liaison - Alternate
  • Ag Commissioner Liaison
  • Health and Human Services Liaison
  • Cooperative Extension Liaison
  • Library Liaison
  • Animal Control Needs Assessment/Building Feasibility Ad-Hoc Committee
  • Flood/FEMA Ad-Hoc Committee