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Bill Wolpert was born in California’s Central Valley and raised on a dairy ranch. He and his younger brother and sister were active 4H members. After attending Cal Poly’s School of Architecture, he began his architectural career in Southern California. Bill was very active in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, becoming its President in 1994.

Following his AIA service, Bill was asked to join Pasadena Heritage, a non-profit advocating for architectural preservation and education. While on the Board of Directors, they formed a sub-organization, Heritage Housing Partners. Heritage Housing Partners (HHP) buys dilapidated historic properties and underutilized land to develop safe, attractive affordable homes. This organization remains active today and has helped to replicate the success in other communities.

Moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Bill met his wife, Megan Donner, and they soon settled in Petaluma where Bill opened Green Building Architects and Megan began teaching Culinary Arts at Casa Grande High School.

As a licensed architect for 30 years focusing on sustainable practices, Bill was involved Petaluma’s 2005 General Plan update. In 2007, he was appointed to Historic Site Plan and Architectural Review Committee (SPARC) until 2011, when the Petaluma City Council appointed him to the Planning Commission. After becoming its Chair in 2014, Bill was reappointed to the Petaluma Planning Commission in 2015 by a unanimous vote of the Petaluma City Council. 

In addition to his service on the Petaluma Planning Commission, Bill participated on the Advisory Committee for the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station Area Specific Plan.  The Station Area Plan is the critical guiding document created to implement a mixed use urbanized area to support the SMART train and historic downtown.  Bill is concerned about larger issues that will impact us locally and globally, that is why he joined the Stakeholder Committee responsible for drafting the Sonoma County Climate Action 2020 Plan. Bill has been a member of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee since 2011, representing Sonoma County.  In June 2015, Cordell Bank and the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries expanded their boundaries to Point Arena. This area encompasses one of the most productive upwelling zones in North America, and is now protected from exploitation.

Bill and Megan have lived in Petaluma for 15 years. They are passionate about protecting the environment and spending time outdoors.  Their hobbies include fly fishing, hunting wild edible mushrooms and enjoying good food. As avid cyclists, Bill and his wife Megan, participate in many cycling events and are members of the Petaluma Wheelmen Cycling Club.

·    President AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter, 1994

·    Certified Green Building Professional, 2004

·    Environmental Forum of Marin, Class 30

Community Involvement:

·    Sonoma County Climate Action 2020, Advisory Committee, 2013-2015

·    Petaluma Planning Commission, 2011-present

·    Petaluma Historic and Cultural Review Committee (Historic SPARC), 2007-2011

·    Chair, Stakeholder Advisory Team to Petaluma Build It Green, 2009

·    City of Petaluma General Plan subcommittees, 2005-2006

·    Pro bono consulting to the Historical Museum (Carnegie Library) for seismic retrofit.


Bill Wolpert for Petaluma City Council
40 Fourth St., Box 278
Petaluma, CA 94952
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