Neysa Hinton, Councilmember

Neysa Hinton, City Council Member

Contact Details

Phone: 707-495-9087

Neysa Hinton is a third generation Sonoma County resident. Born in Petaluma, Neysa moved to close to her family’s ranch in Freestone and grew up in Sebastopol. After graduation, Neysa attended college and pursued a career in radio that would span 25 years. She moved back to Sebastopol in 1997, got married, and started a family. Her two grown children, Jordan and Jered are Sebastopol natives and are currently attending college.

In 2012, Neysa made the decision to pursue a career in service and became a licensed administrator. She is currently the Executive Director of Bello Gardens Assisted Living in San Rafael, a facility for the elderly.  The work is both challenging and gratifying and has given Neysa the opportunity to serve our seniors. On any given day, you can find Neysa engaged with staff, residents, and their families, to address a diverse array of needs, and help to facilitate happy, fulfilling lives.

She has always had a passion to serve her community. Over the course of her life so far here in the West County, she has devoted countless hours volunteering on projects that benefit the city of Sebastopol and people who live there.

Her projects include helping launch Sebastopol’s Farm Market and serving as its first chairperson. In 1990, Neysa was one of the first women invited to join the Sebastopol Rotary Club. For 21 years she has aspired to embody the Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” motto, participating on various committees that include, “Learn to Swim,” “Read to Me,” Community Grants, Student Exchange, and fundraising events, like the popular Lobster Boil and Cajun Festival.

Finally, one her most rewarding volunteer experiences came about in 2007, when she was selected to lead a team of young professionals on a group exchange focused on health services and education in the Guanajuato, Mexico area. Living with local families to improve community services strengthened her faith in the ability of ordinary citizens to work together to create positive change and thrive.

Neysa was elected to Sebastopol City Council in 2016 and was elected mayor in 2018. 

As Mayor, Neysa serves on the Sub Committees: Locals Who Make a Difference, Budget Sub-Committee, CalPERS, Park Village and Gravenstein Health Chapter. She represents Sebastopol on the Russian River Watershed, Health First and on the Mayor’s and Councilmembers’ Association of Sonoma County Legislative Committee. Additionally, Neysa serves by appointment of the Mayor and Council Members Association as a representative on the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Advisory Committee.