Meet the City Council

Councilmember Laura Sparks was elected to City Council in November, 2020 for a four-year term.

Laura Sparks has lived in Cotati since 2016. After earning a B.S. in physics from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she relocated to Livermore, California in 2006 to pursue a career teaching at the community college level. She had been able to attend state schools thanks to publicly-funded financial aid programs, and she wanted to work giving students the same opportunity to get an education and excel regardless of economic background. She was drawn to the California Community College system because its low tuition and support programs make it truly accessible to all. In 2009 she moved to Sonoma County to teach astronomy full-time at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she continues to teach today. During her time at SRJC, Councilmember Sparks has taken on a variety of leadership roles, including Academic Senate parliamentarian and department chair of Earth and Space Sciences.

Councilmember Sparks has been a frequent volunteer at science outreach events throughout Sonoma County, and served as a board member of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society. She is an educational affiliate member of the American Astronomical Society and a member of Astronomers for Planet Earth, an organization of professional astronomers, educators, and students who advocate for climate action.

Her priorities include transparent, inclusive, and participatory local government, working to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change, promoting affordable and attainable housing, anti-racism, and helping local residents and businesses to survive and thrive in a time of unprecedented challenges.


Phone: (707) 792-4600 Ext. 194