Jill Sanford 

Communications Manager 

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Phone: 530.582.4800
A storyteller at heart, Jill is a communications catch-all, specializing in copyediting, content marketing, social media, public relations and crafting narratives for the digital world. She brings clarity and creativity to her work, often condensing complex topics into clear, concise stories. She is a big-picture thinker and excels at seeing connections and areas of overlap.
Outside of her role at SBC, Jill is a nationally published journalist with a passion for the outdoors. The granite slopes and crystalline waters of the Sierra ground her, giving her purpose both professionally and personally. Now based in Truckee, Jill is originally from the Sierra Nevada foothills and has an appreciation for this region that extends past outdoor recreation to the region’s quirky small towns and salt of the earth mentality.
Jill has an English degree (with an emphasis in Rhetoric) from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. When she’s not spinning stories, she either has her nose in a book or is on a trail in the mountains above Truckee with her dog June.

Blogs by Jill Sanford

Not if But When

It’s one thing to follow the news reports and social media videos of wildfire damage from afar, mentally preparing yourself for what it might be like to try and identify the skeletal remains of a structure as your own family’s cabin or home. Or see the tornados of fire set ablaze against a hillside you’ve traversed hundreds of times by car or by foot. Or watch a community you know and love evacuate by the thousands, their whole lives crammed into one carload.

It’s another thing entirely when it happens for real.

2020 in the Rearview Mirror

I know I am not the only one glad to leave 2020 in the dust. At Sierra Business Council we talk a lot about turning challenges into opportunities, about implementing actionable steps that don’t just temporarily solve one-off problems but offer alternative ways of doing business, interacting with the environment, and existing in the Sierra to eradicate what causes those problems in the first place. As an organization, we’re proactive rather than reactive, and our goal is to build a region that is as well.

No one saw 2020 coming, though. Over the course of the last year, everyone has been asked to react to the unexpected, the unimaginable.

Thank You For Your Support This Giving Tuesday!

Please join us in building a stronger Sierra by helping us reach our goal of $20,000. The money we raise today and through the end of the year will go directly to building economic, environmental, and social resilience in communities throughout the Sierra.