About Susan Hoek
First term began: 2019
Served as Chair of the Board: 2022
So who is Susan Hoek?
Well, I am just a plain ole country gal that loves the community she lives and works in.
I like to think I follow the footsteps of my great grandfather and grandfather by being active in our community. I am a supporter and partner of the 4-H and Future Farmers of America and enjoy hosting events at our family ranch so students can perfect their skills. I frequently host events, classes and demonstrations on behalf of the UC Cooperative Extension, Nevada County Resource Conservation District, Nevada Irrigation District, and other groups and organizations. You are never too old to learn.
I enjoy speaking at events and have been Mistress of Ceremonies at many dinners and public occasions that have benefited Nevada County agriculture. All this while I still manage the family's cow/calf operation. When new neighbors move to the “country” I love to help educate them about agriculture and livestock, where food comes from and the preservation of open space.
Before being elected District IV Supervisor I was very active in the community working with a variety of groups and organizations that include serving on the Nevada County Farm Bureau as a Board Member and past President for 2 terms; serving as a Director on the California Farm Bureau Federation District 15 Nevada/Yuba Sutter/Butte; serving as a Board member and past Chairman of the Nevada County Agriculture Advisory Commission; serving as a Board member and past President of the Nevada County Resource Conservation District; and serving as a member of the Penn Valley Area Municipal Advisory Council.
In addition to my public service, I am also a member of the Twin Cities Church and am affiliated with the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, Placer Nevada Cattlewomen, Tahoe Cattleman, and California Cattleman. I also served on the UC Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center Research Advisory Committee, participated in the Nevada County Citizens Academy and am honored with a Blue Ribbon Award from the Nevada County Fair.
Having grown up here in Nevada County, I have seen many changes and not all for the good. We need economic growth while still maintaining that small county atmosphere. Fire safety and wildfire preparedness, homelessness along with mental health, and affordable housing have been and will continue to be critical issues for the community. It is critical that we address all our issues with compassion and understanding. This can be the difference between policy that simply checks the boxes and policy that addresses an issue in a meaningful way.
I am 5th generation born in Nevada County and live and work on the family ranch in Penn Valley that has been in operation since the late 1870s. My roots run deep in this community. I was born and raised in Grass Valley in 1957 to Neil and Kathy Robinson. I've been married to Robert (Bob) Hoek for 32 years and we have 4 children: Cindy (Brian) Huber, Jamie Hart (Tim), Neila Johnsrud, and Willem Hoek, and 4 grandchildren: Logan and Leona Huber, Tate Johnsrud, and Tyler Bridwell.