Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor represents District 2, including the cities of Davis and Winters, the campus of the University of California at Davis, and the farm land of southwestern Yolo County. Don joined the Board of Supervisors in January 2011. Don earlier served as Mayor and City Council Member for the City of Davis from 2004-10 and a Trustee of the Davis Joint Unified School District from 1995-2003. Don’s professional public service career spans 40 years and includes administrative, planning and analytical positions in local government and both the legislative and executive branches of California state government. He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Don’s focus areas as a Supervisor are to sustain and enhance the safety net for Yolo County’s most vulnerable populations; build a strong economy and create jobs; strengthen partnerships among governmental agencies and between the public, private and non-profit sectors; and steward the open space, environment and agricultural resources of Yolo County. In 2012, Don launched the Yolo Food Connect effort to address food access and food security issues as part of an overall food systems policy approach. Yolo Food Connect is designed to leverage, coordinate, and enhance existing efforts and address gaps in the local food system. The action tag for Yolo Food Connect is “Building a Sustainable Food System – Abundant and Healthy Food for All”.
A former Mayor of Davis, Don served two terms on the Davis City Council where he helped: establish sound fiscal policies and create a 15% General Fund reserve; launch economic development strategies leading to attraction of Digital Technology Laboratories and other businesses; advance the surface water project through the creation of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency; adopt the most visionary affordable housing ordinance in the state; make significant investments in the Varsity Theatre, the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, and Bistro 33 to enhance the vitality of downtown Davis.
Prior to his time on the City Council, Don served as the President and Trustee of the School Board for the Davis Joint Unified School District. While on the school board, Don helped the district tackle a wide variety of projects including the construction of the Davis Senior High School Gym, the Brunelle Theatre, Harper Junior High, Montgomery Elementary and Korematsu Elementary and the modernization of all schools in the district. In addition, he helped lead the design and implementation of an array of program enhancements and student services including enhanced special education, expansion of AP opportunities at the high school, adding foreign language at the junior high level, and maintaining a strong academic and fine arts curriculum for all students.
Don and his wife, Julie, moved to Davis in 1987 to raise their children, Aaron and Kate. Don continues to be active in many local and regional efforts.