Meet Chance

Greetings! My name is Chance Cutrano, and I'm a 27-year-old Fairfaxian running to be your next Town Council member in the 2020 General Election on November 3!

By day, I work to protect our air, water, and wildlife as the Director of Programs for a 35-year-old Bay A
rea environmental nonprofit, the Resource Renewal Institute. I have conducted policy research on food, water, and energy policy on four continents, and my current work spans a variety of subject areas -- from the protection of public lands to sustainable agriculture.

By night, I serve our Town of Fairfax, Marin County, and the greater Bay Area through a variety of volunteer roles including:

• Appointed Fairfax Open Space Committee Member and Treasurer
• Appointed Fairfax Volunteer Board Member
• Fairfax Coronavirus Task Force Member
• Appointed Fairfax Measure A Oversight Committee

• Elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter

• Appointed member of the Finance Committee of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter

• Former appointed Vice-Chair of the Political Committee of the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter

Elected Executive Committee Member and Treasurer of the Sierra Club's Marin Group
• Policy Committee member of Showing up for Racial Justice ("SURJ") Marin

• Appointed North Coast Regional Director of the California Young Democrats Environmental Caucus
• Former Climate Adaptation Task Force Member for the Sierra Club's Board of Directors .
• Former Ballot Committee Treasurer for Citizens to Renew Novato's Urban Growth Boundary, Yes on D 2017
• Former Ambassador for the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial.

• Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Saint Xavier University
• Masters of Public Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.

Honors and Awards:
• 2018 recipient of Sierra Club California's inaugural "Emerging Leader Award" for outstanding contributions to conservation and politics.
• 2019 Presidio Graduate School Commencement Speaker for the Masters of Public Administration.

To learn more about my professional achievements, credentials, and publications please visit my LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about my work or volunteer experiences in Fairfax or elsewhere, please reach out. I am responsive and attentive -- qualities I will bring to our Town Council very soon. 


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"Fairfax has all of the building blocks for creating the sustainable future I learned about in various case studies in graduate school.  I'm committed to carrying the environmental torch on Council, and I intend to be a beacon for intersectional approaches to environmentalism and equitable living."

Chance, his mother, and his grandmother (on her first trip to California!) in the Marin Headlands.

Chance and his partner, Victoria, celebrating his graduation from Presidio Graduate School.

Chance around Town

Chance presenting on civic engagement at the Green Change "Climate and Politics" meet-up on 9/25/19. 

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Chance organizing the planting of new Mimosa trees in the Fairfax Parkade with the Fairfax Volunteers and town arborist Ray Moritz on 2/20/20. 


Chance serving on a panel discussing the new Fairfax Single-Use Plastic Foodware Ordinance at the Sustainable Fairfax x EFM Story of Plastics Film Screening on 1/24/20


Chance sitting on a the Fairfax Open Space Committee Rebels With a Cause Film Panel with Ken Brower, moderator Colin Kelly, community advocate Pat Arrigoni, former attonry Bob Praetzel, and the late environmentalist Huey Johnson.

Chance speaking about the need to lean in to difficult conversations around racial justice, equity, and inclusion at the Reimagine Public Safety Rally in Fairfax on 6/28/20


Chance debating with David Kunhardt and Jonathan Marshall on approaches to pricing carbon at the Marin Conservation League "Carbon Pricing Forum" on 3/22/19. 

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