Greg Norton

President & CEO
Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR)
gnorton@gsnrnet.org

Greg Norton is President/CEO of Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR). Mr. Norton led the creation of GSNR, which began in 2018, with a vision for mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfire, enhancing forest health and resiliency, and focusing on public benefits and purposes such as rural economic development. In this role, Mr. Norton is leading the charge to find solutions for the removal of excess woody biomass from California’s forests and conversion into competitively produced commercial industrial pellets for export to markets converting from coal to biomass for energy production.

Prior to this role, Mr. Norton served as President and CEO of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), a 38-member county service organization advocating on behalf of California’s rural counties. Mr. Norton was responsible for the overall operations of the organization, including oversight of the affiliate entities, Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) and National Homebuyers Fund, Inc. (NHF). Mr. Norton was with the organization for more than 20 years before retiring in early 2021. In Mr. Norton’s role as RCRC President, he directed the organization’s work on behalf of member counties to advocate for issues unique to rural communities at the local, state, and federal levels and provide legislative and regulatory representation that enhances and protects the quality of life in California’s rural counties. RCRC’s goal is to improve the ability of rural county government to provide services, reduce the burden of state and federal mandates, and promote a greater understanding among policymakers about the challenges that face California’s small population counties. Mr. Norton also oversaw the development and growth of substantial financing programs offered by affiliates GSFA and NHF. As Executive Director of GSFA, Mr. Norton signed a 20-year Master Stewardship agreement with the USFS covering all of Region-5 in California.

Mr. Norton has spent the majority of his career in the non-profit and local government sectors, including time with both the City of Sacramento and Ventura County, as well as serving as Director of Internal Audit for a multi-facility health care organization after beginning his career working for a CPA firm. Greg holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Harding University.

Kevin Cann

Vice President
Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR)
2019 – 2020 Chair, Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR)
2013 Chair Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC)
2016 – 2020 Chair, Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA)
2016 – 2020 Chair, National Homebuyers Fund (NHF)
kcann@gsnrnet.org

GSNR Vice President Kevin Cann came to GSNR after a career in the National Park Service and 12 years as a Mariposa County, CA supervisor. Kevin’s professional experience includes 10 years as the Deputy Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer of Yosemite National Park overseeing 800 NPS and 2200 concession contracted employees. Kevin personally managed the $200 million Yosemite restoration after the largest flood of record destroyed much of the park’s infrastructure. He also worked closely with the US Forest Service in managing the lands of the greater Yosemite Forest ecosystem.

As a county supervisor Kevin was active in state and national county support organizations serving as Board Chair for the Rural County Representatives of CA, Chair of the Golden State Finance Authority, and as President of the Western Interstate Region (17 states) of the National Association of Counties. For three years Kevin represented all the nation’s counties on the National Wildfire Leadership Council.

Kevin’s work on national and state forest lands and long-term experience with elected bodies at all levels of government make him a welcomed addition to the GSNR leadership team.

Terrance Rodgers

Project Development Manager
Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR)
TRodgers@rcrcnet.org

Terrance Rodgers joined the RCRC Staff in 2015 and serves as the Economic Development Officer. Terrance is responsible for identifying and establishing opportunities for economic growth, facilitating community and economic development planning initiatives, identifying and securing funding sources for county and regional infrastructure projects, and liaising with local organizations, businesses and individuals in RCRC communities and regions. Terrance also assists RCRC member counties with enhancing economic resources to help address the unique economic challenges in California’s rural communities.

In his role with GSNR, Terrance is responsible for working with key GSNR consultants, stakeholders, partners and other individuals and entities in both the public and private sector to progress critical aspects in the project development phase and ensure the contracted expertise and knowledge is internally operationalized. Prior to joining RCRC, Terrance managed six professional research staff to develop policy recommendations for CalPERS executive staff and the Board of Administration. Terrance also worked for the Fair Political Practices Commission as a Political Reform Consultant and as a Business Banker for Wells Fargo, LLC. Terrance holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from the California State University of Sacramento.

Sarah Bolnik

Community Relations Manager
Golden State Natural Resources (GSNR)
SBolnik@rcrcnet.org

Sarah Bolnik is the Economic Development Officer at RCRC as well as the Community Relations Manager for GSNR. Sarah joined the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) team in 2012 and develops, cultivates and manages critical relationships at RCRC and GSNR for county officials, economic development organizations, stakeholders, private and commercial enterprises and other partners, to further RCRC’s economic development objectives. Sarah also works directly with RCRC’s President & CEO and the Board of Directors to address a variety of issues and concerns, process complex administrative and technical reports, schedule and facilitate organizational events, secure sponsors for various conferences and initiatives, and otherwise act as the face and voice for the organization’s community development initiatives. Prior to joining RCRC’s team, Sarah worked at the California Restaurant Association (CRA) for nearly 11 years as the Business Development Manager.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the California State University, San Diego.