Olga Martin Steele, District 3 Planning Commissioner
District 3 is the Northern portion of the County, including Mendocino National Forest and Lake Pillsbury. The district's southern boundary generally runs along Highway 20 from the Colusa County line in the East to the Mendocino County line in the West. It also includes the reclamation area along the Highway 29-Rodman Slough-Nice/Lucerne Cutoff. The district includes the communities of: Blue Lakes, Upper Lake, Nice, Lucerne, Glenhaven, Clearlake Oaks, and Spring Valley. It has the longest span of Clear Lake's lakeshore of any of the supervisorial districts.
Olga grew up in Ukiah, graduating from Ukiah High School in 1967. While attending college, Olga pursued a 30-year career with State Government. She worked in various capacities, from entry level clerk to Chief Deputy in a number of State Departments including two Governor Appointments, one as Chief Deputy Director of the California Conversation Corps and a second as Chief Deputy Director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Olga left State Government in 1999, joining the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) in San Jose where she worked for another 8 years as Business Services Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. After a brief retirement, Olga returned to work at the request of the SCVWD Board, serving as Interim CEO pending the selection of a permanent CEO.
Now fully retired, Olga lives in Clearlake Oaks with her husband, Jim Steele. Along with her husband, Olga has been an active volunteer working on various issues of interest and importance to the Lake County community. Until recently, Olga served on the Clearlake Oaks County Water District Board. She also currently serves on the Sheriff’s Transition Team.