Anne Cottrell was elected to represent District 3 on the Board of Supervisors in 2022.
Anne was born and raised in St. Helena; her parents moved here in 1969 to be part of Napa Valley's agriculture and winemaking community. Anne earned an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a law degree from UC Berkeley. She and her husband Doug Cutting live in St Helena where they are raising their family of three boys and a dog.
In addition to her deep and long-standing connections to the Napa Valley community, Anne brings a diverse and relevant background to the role of County Supervisor. She began her legal career at the Oregon Attorney General’s Office, first doing criminal appellate work and then advising natural resource agencies in the state. On returning to California, she transitioned to private practice, specializing in land use and natural resources management. She served on the Napa County Planning Commission from 2014-2022. She has also served as a member of the ad hoc committee for the development of the Climate Action Plan, as well as the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council, the Housing Element Advisory Committee, and the Watershed Information & Conservation Council.
Anne also co-chaired St. Helena’s steering committee to update its General Plan, served on the Napa Community Wildfire Prevention Plan Core Team, and was a director on the boards of The Vine Trail, Nimbus Arts, and the Napa County Land Trust. She has also volunteered for Citizenship Legal Services and the St Helena Hospital Vaccination Clinic.
Spending time in every corner of District 3 has given Anne a greater appreciation and understanding of the district’s agricultural and natural resources, and the variety and strength of our communities. She’s grateful for the opportunity and responsibility to steward them for current and future generations.
In her free time, she can be found running, hiking, or biking on trails in St Helena, Angwin, Calistoga, and around Lake Hennessey.