For about 20 years Mitch Conner lived near the Caltrans right-of-way property in Santa Rosa. He often thought about the best use of the land, realizing its potential to connect our community.
When the Southeast Greenway Campaign started exploring ways of expanding their vision, the AIA (American Institute of Architects) “Communities by Design – Sustainable Design Assistance Team” (SDAT) became an exciting option. Mitch got involved as a member of the Redwood Empire chapter of the AIA. He volunteered to serve as a bridge between the Greenway Campaign and the local AIA chapter, reviewing the program application, working with the SDAT advance team, and then making his office available when the full team returned to do their visioning and planning work. Currently, Mitch serves as a Campaign Advisor, attending SEG meetings and consulting with its leaders. What excites Mitch about the Greenway is its key role in strengthening an east/west hike and bike connection system for the community.
Mitch was born in Detroit and moved with his family to Anaheim, California in 1960. He has been a licensed architect in California since 1979 and a Sonoma County resident for about 35 years. A nationally recognized leader in fire station design, Mitch has enjoyed a blend of public and private projects including commercial, manufacturing, hospitality and civic projects, and more recently is also enjoying winery projects and mixed-use developments.
Mitch has devoted years of service to Sonoma County. He served on the board of the Redwood Empire chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects); served on the Windsor Planning Commission; the Environment Committee of the Sonoma County Alliance; and the board of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today. He has been active with revitalization efforts in downtown Santa Rosa as founding president of City-Vision and the AIA Regional/Urban Assistance Design Team (R/UDAT). Today Mitch represents the Town of Windsor on the Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group. From his love of cycling he served on the board of the Sonoma County Cycling Association.
As a founding member of Urban Community Partnership (UCP), a grassroots multi-disciplinary non-profit, Mitch believes that transforming our approach to development is key to assuring financially resilient municipalities while promoting a healthier quality of life and reduced environmental impacts. UCP supports development that will create financially strong communities that are uniquely livable places to live, play and work in. Mitch is committed to bringing this unique approach to development to the City of Santa Rosa and other Sonoma County communities.
Mitch and his wife Michelle Gervais are the parents of eight-year-old twins, Clara and Benjamin. He says his young brood keeps him on full alert!