Michael Winkler

About Michael Winkler
My family lives just west of downtown Arcata. I came to Arcata in 1997 to earn a second degree in Environmental Resources Engineering at HSU and to work as an Energy Research Engineer at HSU's Schatz Energy Research Center. Before coming to Arcata, I worked for 25 years as an engineer in the electronics industry in Chicago and in the Bay Area.

Throughout my professional career I have also worked as a volunteer in environmental and other community service organizations.

My philosophy is that in addition to my personal and professional life I have a duty to apply my time and my abilities to improving our community. I work best by consensus and by constantly working to improve my ability to listen and understand diverse points of view. I expect the best of myself and of other people.

Arcata City Council Service
  • Council Member: 2008 - Present
  • Mayor: 2012, 2015
  • Vice-Mayor: 2011, 2014
Profession
  • Energy Engineer
Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Illinois, Urbana
Member of City & Regional Committees
  • Alternate City Council Representative to Humboldt Bay Working Waterfront Opportunities Committee (2015-2016)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) (2011-2015)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (2014-2016)
  • City Council Liaison to Arcata Downtown Business Community - Arcata Main Street (2013-2015)
  • City Council Liaison to Arcata House Partnership (2013-2014, Alternate 2016)
  • City Council Liaison to HSU/City Liaison (2012, 2015, Alternate Representative 2011, 2014)
  • City Council Representative to Humboldt Transit Authority (2011-2016)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Water Quality Task Force (2016)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to League of California Cities, Redwood Empire Division Representative to the Legislative Committee (2016)
  • Alternate City Council Representative to League of California Cities, Redwood Empire Division Representative for Division's Business Meetings (2016)
Other Community Service
  • Arcata Energy Committee (1998-2000)
  • Arcata Planning Commission (2000-2008)
  • Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) Steering Committee (2000-present)
  • Green Wheels Advisory Board (2007-present)
  • Humboldt (HSU) Energy Independence Fund Board (2007-present)
Past Community Service
  • Alternate City Council Representative to the Indian Gaming Fund Committee (2011)
  • Alternate City Member of Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCo) (2010)
  • City Council Liaison to Arcata House (2009-present)
  • City Council Liaison to North Coast Resource Center (2010-2012)
  • City Council Representative to Humboldt Transit Authority (2010)
  • City Council Representative to Humboldt Waste Management Authority (2011)
  • City Council Representative to Humboldt-Del Norte Hazardous Materials Response JPA (2009)
  • City Council Representative to Redwood Coast Energy Authority (Vice-Chair 2009)
  • City Council Representative to the Legislative Committee, Redwood Empire Division, League of California Cities (2012)