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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of NapaCandidate for City Council

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Liz Alessio

Community Healthcare Advocate
15,045 votes (29.72%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide solutions for affordable housing and homelessness
  • Improve infrastructure of public roads and bike lanes to reduce traffic
  • Lead a balanced approach that addresses the needs of the Napa residents

Experience

Experience

Profession:Healthcare/Community Advocate
Senior Community Programs Services Coordinator, Queen of the Valley Medical Center (2008–current)

Community Activities

Board Member, Community Development and Investment (2017–current)
Board Member, Napa County Historical Society (2017–current)
Executive Director, Operation: With LOVE from HOME (2008–current)
Member, Napa Housing Coalition (2017–current)
Former Commissioner, City of Napa, Park and Recreation Department (2015–2018)

Biography

When Liz Alessio talks about her family’s deep connection to Napa, she can back it up with the fact they have lived in Napa Valley for over 140 years.  Her great-great grandfather was County Supervisor from 1901-1904 and as a master stone mason built several of Napa’s most famous landmarks, while her father, Lee Hart, was a Napa Police Officer and mother, Robin Hart, a local banker, both were on local boards.

Alessio who has raised 3 children and is now a proud grandma, has been a small business owner, but for the last 20 years she has been in healthcare, at Queen of the Valley Hosptial. The last 10 years at the Queen her work has been in Community Benefit, which is addressing the needs of Napa's most vulnerabe and at risk. During this time she's been on many community committees, coalitions and Boards and recently completing her term as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner. She is well known around the community for her charity work, public service and professional success. 

When Alessio announced that she is seeking one of two seats on the Napa City Council in the upcoming election this November, many who knew her agreed that she would be a great choice. Given her experience and tireless involvement, she is just the kind of person that makes an effective city councilmember. Last year she was named "Woman of the Year" for California Assembly District 4, by Assemblymember, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, who at the time said that Alessio “volunteers her time to so many causes that it seems she touches every Napa life.”

Some of the top issues Alessio is highlighting are providing affordable and workforce housing as property values continue to rise and rental vacancy drops below 1%, dealing with Napa’s increasing traffic congestion, fighting poverty and expanding workforce training programs. Preserving the unique charm of Napa is something that Alessio personally understands well due to her family’s long history here. There is something special about the region that has made it both famous for its wine and its extraordinary beauty. Balancing growth with the region’s heritage and quality of life will continue to be an ongoing challenge that Liz is ready to take on.

When Napa was struck by fires last year, it reminded the community just how vulnerable it could be to natural disaster after being struck by an earthquake just a few years earlier in 2014. Preparing for future natural disasters is going to be a continued priority for the Napa City Council and is something that Alessio is well-positioned to work on. In her professional and community service life, Liz builds relationships and cooperation between organizations to meet health needs of vulnerable residents. She is looking to bring this experience to City Hall and build partnerships across the city and with regional government agencies—something that isn’t always easy—to meet Napa Valley’s ongoing challenges.

Some of Alessio’s strongest volunteer work is with veterans. She drew from her previous experience as a small business owner to grow and develop a local non-profit the last 10 years called, Operation with Love from Home. Now as their Executive Director, they have sent over 16,000 care packages to armed services members in combat zones. She also developed Homefront Napa which supports friends and families of wounded service members by connecting them with professional support and resources. Veterans are now especially close to her heart as her son joined the Marines Corps two years after she started with Operation with Love from Home and he has now served three deployments.

Alessio’s volunteer involvement doesn’t end there, she was also the Chair of the Napa County Holiday Assistance Program where she has put her experience to use creating a coalition of local non-profits and community members that work together collecting food and toys for 3,500 children from low-income families each year. She also finds time to serve as a board member of the Napa Historical Society and for the anti-poverty non-profit Community Development Investments. Never resting a moment, she is involved with the Napa Housing Coalition and the Napa Working Families Coalition. 

For someone who has accomplished as much as Alessio with her laser focus on community service, winning a position on the City Council seems to be perfect fit. Successfully serving on local government requires building partnerships across government, organizations and the private sector while keeping a pulse on the issues that are most important to the community. Alessio brings a unique blend of experience that makes her one of the best fits for the role you can ask for.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (5)

  • Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht
  • Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon
  • Former Mayor Ed Henderson
  • Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko
  • American Canyon Mayor Leon Garcia

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