Grass Valley City Council encourages community engagement and invites the expression of views and opinions of citizens on any matter of community interest that is within the Council’s authority. Grass Valley City Council meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Grass Valley City Council consists of five members. Councilmembers are alternately elected at large in November of even-numbered years, at the general election, to serve a four-year term. Grass Valley councilmembers do not have term limits. The Mayor and Vice Mayor are appointed by the City Council each November.
Benjamin Aguilar was appointed to the City Council March
10th 2015. His current city appointments are the Solid
and Hazardous Waste Commission and the Parks and Recreation
Ben, was born and raised in Grass Valley, has served 4 years on
the Grass Valley Planning Commission, serving as the Chair in
2013. Ben is currently enrolled in the Nevada County
Community Leadership Institute.
Jan relocated to Sacramento in the 1970s. She served Sacramento
County as a Deputy Sheriff for almost two-decades. Relocating to
Grass Valley in 2003, she continued her public service through
two consecutive terms on the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury. In
February 2007, Jan was appointed to the Grass Valley City
Council. Elected in November 2008 to a four-year term, the
Council selected her as vice mayor, then as mayor in 2010, a
position she held until 2012. She is currently in her
fourth elected term.
Hilary Hodge is a sixth-generation Northern Californian.
Her rural roots go back to the 1850s, when her family moved out
west to begin homesteading in the newly established Golden
State. Hilary graduated from University of California at
Davis with a degree in English Literature and a minor focusing on
Colonial American History. Hilary spent ten years in
California’s State Capital before moving to Nevada County.
Bob Branstrom first visited Grass Valley in about 1975 and moved
here in 2013, after retiring. He had a varied career in state
government, banking, and healthcare. He is a social scientist
with graduate degrees in economics and cognitive psychology. He
became progressively more involved in community activities and
was elected to the City Council in 2020.
Council Member Branstrom’s term ends in December 2024
Tom Ivy was born and raised in Nevada County. He
graduated from Nevada Union High School, then attended
UC Santa Cruz where he earned a degree in Environmental Studies
with a focus in Agriculture. In 2008, Tom moved back home
and started working in his family’s plumbing business,
which he continues to this day. Tom’s hobbies
include gardening and mountain biking.
He was appointed to the Grass Valley Planning Commission in 2018
and elected to City Council in 2020.