SACRAMENTO – Local resident Shana Jones, a Cal Fire unit chief, has been honored as Woman of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, in celebration of Women’s History Month.
“I truly love working for Cal Fire, and I am blessed that I am able to serve my communities working alongside so many dedicated first responders and public servants every single day,” said Jones. “There are so many inspiring women, I am truly humbled to have been chosen for this award, and I want to thank Senator Dodd for the recognition.”
Jones has a long history of serving the public in forest management and fire protection. She is responsible for overseeing all Cal Fire functions within Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Colusa, Yolo, and Solano counties. Throughout her career, she has been assigned to numerous complex fires. Most recently, she served as the agency administrator overseeing three Cal Fire Incident Management Teams that orchestrated the response to the October 2017 wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Solano counties.
“Shana has dedicated herself to the safety and well-being of her neighbors,” said Dodd. “She leads by example and is truly an inspiration. Her leadership working to save lives and homes during the October wildfires is only the latest example of her commitment. I commend Shana for all that she has accomplished and thank her for everything that she continues to do for our communities.”
Shana, a fifth-generation Bay Area native, began her career with the U.S. Forest Service in both forest management and fire protection. She joined Cal Fire in 2000 in the resource management program as a forester. In 2004, Jones made the transition to fire protection as an assistant chief. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of northern region staff chief of management services for Cal Fire, and in 2016, she transferred to her current position.