The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has approved the appointment of Coastside resident Zoe Kersteen-Tucker as the commissioner representing the Third District.

She was recommended by Third District Supervisor Don Horsley and her appointment was approved at the Feb. 25 Board of Supervisors meeting in Redwood City. She is replacing Christopher Ranken, of Pacifica, who was originally appointed by former Supervisor Rich Gordon and had served three additional years representing Supervisor Horsley. This will be Kersteen-Tucker’s first term, through Jan. 31, 2018.

“I am delighted to have Zoe as the Planning Commissioner representing District Three,” said Horsley. “Her background in Coastal issues as well as her transportation expertise will serve the county superbly.”

Kersteen-Tucker is the owner of and principal consultant in Pacific Development Associates, a business specializing in providing nonprofit executives and boards of directors with the tools needed to build and maintain healthy organizational cultures and vibrant fund development programs.

A 20-plus year resident of Moss Beach, Kersteen-Tucker is a long-time coastal and environmental protection advocate. She served as the spokesperson for the successful countywide Devil’s Slide Tunnel Initiative, Measure T in 1996.  (The tunnel project was completed in March 2013 and the Devil’s Slide Trail Park will open in March 2014.)

She was also a principal organizer for the successful, multi-year effort to expand the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s boundaries to the San Mateo County Coast.  She served as both President and Executive Director of the Committee for Green Foothills, and Executive Director of the Coastside Land Trust.

Kersteen-Tucker currently serves on the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) Board of Directors, and in that capacity has been a member of the Grand Boulevard Task Force.
She holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Neuropsychology from University of California, Berkeley. She is married to George Tucker, a retired NASA-Ames Research pilot, and has one daughter who recently graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to be the first Coastsider ever to serve on the San Mateo County Planning Commission,” said Kersteen-Tucker. “As a Planning Commissioner I look forward to the challenge of continuing to make this County one of the best places on earth to live, work and play.”