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Jill Sanford 

Communications Director

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Phone: 530.582.4800
As Sierra Business Council’s Director of Communications, Jill is a media and messaging catch-all, taking point on the organization’s network development, marketing efforts, fundraising campaigns, branding, and storytelling. She works closely with SBC’s government affairs, energy and community planning, workforce housing, and economic empowerment teams, supporting program goals and bringing a strategic lens to day-to-day implementation tasks.  

Jill is a third-generation Sierra Nevada resident, having grown up in Placerville and now based in Truckee. She is an advocate for the Sierra Nevada’s small towns, granite slopes, rugged forests, and open spaces. Prior to joining SBC, Jill worked as a nationally published reporter for the outdoor industry and digital communications consultant. She holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA). 

When she is away from the computer, Jill is either outside, with her dog June and a fly rod in hand, or inside, throwing clay or tinkering around the art studio. 


Blogs by Jill Sanford

Sonora Pass, photo by Spencer Demera

CERF Focus Groups Summer 2023

As regional conveners of the Eastern Sierra CERF Region, Sierra Business Council is currently engaged in a stakeholder mapping process that includes engaging disinvested community members in a sustainable and equitable economic planning process. Our goal is to provide an inclusive forum in which community members feel encouraged to participate in, and ownership of, CERF plans and strategies that will diversify the local economy and develop sustainable industries, creating high-quality, broadly accessible jobs in this 7-county region.

Pride Month in the Sierra

Sierra Business Council celebrates the contributions of LGBTQI community members during PRIDE month and year round in the Sierra Nevada.