Assemblymember Frazier Names Jeanne McCormack 2013 Woman of the Year

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rio Vista, CA – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) has named Jeanne McCormack of Rio Vista as his 2013 Woman of the Year for the 11th Assembly District.

After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, McCormack honorably served two years in the Peace Corps in Malawi as a public health worker. She later earned a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and went on to work for various organizations in under-developed countries, primarily in Africa, to help implement rural development and micro-enterprise programs for women.

"I am most honored to have this remarkable award given to me,” said McCormack. “I accept it on behalf of all working women and on behalf of all women in agriculture. I hope my receiving this award will encourage young women to become farmers and ranchers and in doing so, to build their local economies and preserve farmland."

McCormack is also well known for her dedicated activism in preserving Solano County farmland. Upon returning to her hometown of Rio Vista in 1987, she and her husband helped form an advocacy group to prevent the county from designating Montezuma Hills as a toxic waste dumpsite. The couple has also donated and sold conservation easements on their two ranches to the Solano Land Trust, which secures 3,700 acres for agriculture in the future.  McCormack has served on the board of the Greenbelt Alliance, the Solano Land Trust, the Solano Country Agricultural Advisory Board, and the Bank of Rio Vista; she continues to serve as a director of the California Wool Growers Association.

“Jeanne McCormack is a shining example of just plain true grit,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “I applaud her extraordinary dedication to community service and her devotion to preserving agriculture in Solano County.”

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.