Gallian Bio

Laurie Gallian


In 1981, while visiting the Sonoma Plaza and the City of Sonoma, I decided to make the beautiful city of Sonoma my next home. For the last 35 years, and 8 years as Sonoma City Councilmember and Mayor in 2011 and 2016, I have continuously served this community as an active parent, business owner, nonprofit board member, and community volunteer.

Work and Family

Since 1984, I have worked in Sonoma as a small business consultant providing accounting, billing, and payroll services to clients in Sonoma, Marin, and Sacramento. I served clients in a variety of industries, from construction, manufacturing and wine, to medical care and legal services. In 2000, I accepted Finance and HR position in a public school in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley. I have worked there for the last 16 years.  I am married to Ray Gallian, a former City Planning Commissioner and I have one son, Shane Dalton, who served in the US Marines Corp. Shane and his partner Sabrina Peluso just graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and will attend college in the fall at UC Santa Cruz. Shane is pursuing studies in Computer Engineering. Sabrina studies Literature and is pursuing a career in Education.

Serving Sonoma

In 2007, I was selected as a City of Sonoma representative to the Sonoma County Climate Action Plan advisory committee, which broadened my public service focus to include the environment. Shortly thereafter, I served on the City of Sonoma Community Services and Environment Commission. In July 2008, I ran for Sonoma City Council and was sworn-in in December of 2008. In 2011 and 2016, I served as Sonoma’s Mayor.

History of Leadership

Since 2008 I represent the residents of Sonoma on many City and County committees, which has included the City of Sonoma Budget Committee, Cittaslow, and City Cemetery. Currently I serve on City Audit, represent Sonoma on the Sonoma County Water Advisory Committee and as Vice Chair, Sonoma County Transportation Authority, Regional Climate Protection Authority, and Executive committee, t Sonoma County Agriculture Preservation and Open Space District Advisory Committee, Executive Past Chair, now Vice Chair. For 4 years I served on the League of California Cities No Bay Executive Committee representing Sonoma County. I have also served on the League of California Cities. In 2015, I was appointed to the Marin Sonoma Mosquito Vector District.

These committees are very important to the overall quality of life in this community. Sonoma County has made innovative decisions in the areas of transportation, climate policy, and water. It is essential for small cities like Sonoma to have consistent representation and a place at the table. I have proposed and enacted local policies that help keep Sonoma clean, green, protected enhancing our quality of life while maintaining Sonoma’s unique character.

Strong Government

I believe that government can play a role in bettering people’s lives, and local government should be the first responder to citizens’ concerns. Government is not the enemy, nor should the goal be to get it out of the way, as it is particularly suited to helping people; in fact, that is its purpose. Through government we provide a voice to our citizens, which strengthens our community and preserves the social equity and justice that we demand.