Apr 30, 2012 09:39AM ● Published by Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
“When I first moved to Folsom, the population was 11,000. Now it’s over 70,000,” says Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell.
Having moved to the area in 1985, she has seen the city change quite a bit over the years but loves the fact that Folsom has maintained its small-town atmosphere. In Howell’s new role as mayor, she plans to continue the tradition of controlled growth for the city, and she is proud of the recent annexation of 2,400 acres of land originally slated for purchase by the City of Sacramento. Since joining the City Council in 1998, Howell has strived to keep a balanced budget and continue improvements to the historic district. She is also actively involved with a multitude of community boards and organizations, including the Rotary Anns, which help provide scholarships to local high school students.
Although Howell is Folsom’s first female mayor, being a woman in a man’s world is nothing new for her. As a politician and president of Atlantic Consultants – her own civil and corrosion engineering consulting firm – Howell is comfortable working in fields traditionally dominated by men. Yet she is encouraged that times are changing. “It’s better now,” Howell explains. “I don’t think I [became mayor] because I’m female. I think it’s because I bring a lot of skills to the table.”
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