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Sopac (Soapy) Mulholland (Secretary) – Executive Director, Sequoia Riverlands Trust Soapy’s unique history and experience bring to the Tejon Ranch Conservancy valuable insights from many different points of view. She has been a real estate developer and rancher and has served on numerous boards and councils up and down the state of California. Soapy began her real estate career in 1978 working for a major west coast developer, managing the acquisition and construction of 15,000 apartment units. She then formed a sole proprietorship, Sopac and Associates, and consulted on the construction and property management of numerous large-scale projects in the Western United States. Soapy’s love of agriculture and the Sierra foothills motivated her to relocate from San Diego to Springville in 1993, where she has owned and managed ranches and a small citrus operation since 1989. Soapy served as interim director of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation and then joined Sequoia Riverlands Trust in 2002 as the first paid Executive Director, a position she continues to hold. Her experience in land development, ranch management and agriculture give her a unique conservation vision that has guided the development of a widely recognized and respected regional land trust working in farmland conservation and open space protection. Soapy served under Governor Pete Wilson on the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHA). She participated in Class XXV of the California Ag Leadership Program and went on to later work for the program as Director of Development, and then to serve as a member of their Board of Directors. Currently, Soapy sits on the Board of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Stewardship Council, the Statewide Blue Print Committee, the California Ag Visioning Committee, the Aldo Leopold Award selection committee, and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy Board of Directors. She is a member of the California Cattlemen’s Association and the Farm Bureau.