Occupation: Biologist/Educator/ Business Owner/ Public Servant
Jan grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Punahou School in 1975. President Obama graduated from this school four years later. Her father’s career was in the military and her family’s military history spans throughout the family tree for generations. “I am 13th generation born to this soil to have embraced ‘the American dream.’ Beginning with my parents, family marriages are a melting pot representing Korea, China, Nicaragua, Brazil, and Africa. I am proud to say I truly come from a diverse ‘All-American’ family.” states Jan.
She earned BS in Biology from the University of Washington in 1983, paying her own way through jobs with seasonal fisheries research and hospitality work.
Jan has always lived by water, working with fisheries, biotechnology, sea kayak instruction and now environmental education through a regional parks system. Her passions for ecology, community and water shine. Her leadership is known for innovation, consistency, and effectiveness.
She regularly attends and participates in a wide range of public meetings, including those of the Marina City Council; its planning commission, the County Board of Supervisors, and the regional water board.
She is experienced, informed, and committed to the people of Marina.
Bachelor’s in Biology, University of Washington, 1983
Park Interpreter—County of Santa Clara Parks & Rec.* 2003-present
Field Tech.—Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve, 2002-03
Co-Owner/Partner—Santa Cruz Eskape Kayak 1993-2002
Proprietor—Rock Island Oyster Farm, Jefferson Co., WA, 1986-94
Research Technician—Immunex (Amgen), Seattle WA, 1987-92
Washington State Fish & Game Biologist—Brinnon, WA, 1983-85
Recent Community Involvement
—Marina Coast Water District Board 2010-present
—Marina Coast Water District Board, Vice President 2018
—Marina Coast Water District, Executive Committee 2018
—Marina Coast Water District, Joint City District Committee, Chair 2018
—Protect Monterey County 2016-present
—Water Conservation Commission 2011-present
—Liaison to LAFCO of Monterey County, 2014
—California Native Plant Society, 2003-present
—Marina Cypress Knolls Project Proposal Review, 2010
—Marina Public Works Commission, 2008-2010
—“Unity in Diversity” Award(s) from County of Santa Clara Chief Executive Officer for
building community through collaboration, 2007 (individual) & 2010 (team member)
—Top 10 Women Contributors to Paddlesports Industry 2003
—National Outdoor Book Award for Best Guidebook 2000 (co-author)