Tess Albin-Smith

City Council Candidates
Tess Albin-Smith


Candidate Statement

Who is Tess? If you know me, it's probably from Cal Fire, soccer, the schools, or music. In 2007 I retired from my Cal Fire career as a Division Chief, Registered Professional Forester, and Peace Officer. I  was  one of the first two female foresters hired by the California Dept. of Forestry (now Cal Fire) in 1979.

In my professional career, I trained and worked in the areas of forestry, agriculture, environmental law, firefighting, and law enforcement. I gained many useful skllls including: recreation construction, employee supervision, accounting, budget management, grant writing, public speaking, writing and publication editing, computer programming, fish sampling, archaeology, mediation, law enforcement management, and event planning.

Nearly all these areas are pertinent to City Council tasks, and I will apply my experience and boundless energy to those tasks.

There is another side of me that I can also offer. I volunteer hundreds of hours each year, and did so even while working full-time and raising a family. I coached boys and girls travel teams and high school soccer, played 3 sports, refereed, and hosted up to four enormous soccer tournaments a year that filled every hotel in town. I served as officer and helped form at least six non-profits. Being retired allowed me to try new things and expand my main interests.

Today I like to be known as known as "coach" with a passion for repairing our school fields and expanding parks and recreation in this city. I'm also a substitute teacher and school bus driver, tour guide, non-profit volunteer on three boards, consulting forester, and of course still a musician.

I received many service awards and acknowledgments over the years, but my greatest joy is acknowledging others for making a difference. Many teachers and others in this community helped raise our three children to be responsible adults, and now I can give back.

A vote for me is a vote for a person who cares deeply about this community. I will do everything I can to protect and improve our environment, our schools, our economy, and our future.

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Ballot Designation

Forester / Musician / Bookkeeper

Interview with the Candidate

Watch the Candidates Forum interview with Tess Albin-Smith.

Personal History

Tess Albin-Smith was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, where she attended Lowell High and SF City College. She has a BS in Renewable Natural Resources, and an MS in Range Management, both from UC Davis. Tess worked as a biologist and forester for the state for a total of 32 years, starting at the Dept. of Fish and Game, moving to State Water Resources Control Board, and in 1979 joined the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) as one of their first 2 female foresters, working in reforestation and prescribed burning programs. Tess became a CDF peace officer in 1993.

Tess has been married to Doug Albin for 38 years. In 1990 they moved from Sacramento to Fort Bragg with their two young daughters, Kelly and Jamie. Their son Alex arrived a year later and is a true native of Fort Bragg. Tess moved here to become the assistant manager for the Jackson Demonstration State Forest in charge of finance, recreation, and patrol. Later she became a state advisory forester and retired in 2007. 

Tess plays percussion for the Symphony of the Redwoods and Gloriana Musical Theater, and she substitute teaches and drives school and tour buses part-time. The climate, the ocean, and the music is why the Albins will probably never leave the Mendocino Coast.

Contact Information

Tess Albin-Smith
804 N. Harrison St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707.961.1123 (h)
707.972.7833 (c)

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