WHO WE ARE
The Santa Cruz County Business Council is a 501c(6) advocacy organization that represents the largest employers in Santa Cruz County, with a primary focus on business and quality of life issues, including housing development, transportation, homelessness, and water infrastructure. The organization also serves as the general public affairs arm of the county-wide business community; joining coalitions, drafting letters of support, and working to place members of the business community into positions of influence or engage key stakeholders. The SCCBC boasts over 80 dues paying membership organizations, including a diverse executive officer team with member representatives from Google/Looker, UC Santa Cruz, Cruzio Internet, Marianne’s Ice Cream, and Kindpeoples.
The Business Council collaborates with members and partner organizations to support policies and projects that promote more affordable housing, denser and more walkable cities, and shortened commutes for members of the local workforce. Some of the initiatives we have supported include ballot measures (including Measures D, H, L, M (oppose), R, Y, and Z), larger land use plans like the Downtown Plan and Sustainable Santa Cruz County Plan, and specific projects like UCSC’s Student Housing West, the Mixed Use Library Project, 130 Center Street, 831 Water Street, and others.
Development is a highly intersectional issue and it impacts virtually every aspect of life here in Santa Cruz County, from workforce development to transportation to climate change to social justice and everything in between. The Business Council engages on issues if and when they impact the local economy and community at large.
Each year, the SCCBC elects new officers to lead the organization and serve on a small team that works directly alongside the executive director. Officers are nominated and approved by the Board of Directors at the annual December Board meeting.
Member organizations are the driving force behind the Business Council. Made up of leaders from a wide variety of businesses within Santa Cruz County, members work together to identify, discuss, and promote solutions that further economic and community vitality. Within this member group, there are members who serve on our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, or the regular Council.
Stacy Nagel joined Google Cloud as part of the Looker Data Sciences acquisition in 2020. As the Looker Head of Workplaces, Stacy developed her passion for creating a vibrant tech community in Santa Cruz and addressing the workforce housing challenges so our county can thrive. Stacy is also a member of the Tech Feeds Hope board committee at Second Harvest Food Bank.
Policy & Issues Committee Chair
Peggy Dolgenos is co-founder and co-CEO, with her husband Chris Neklason, of Cruzio Internet. Founded in 1989, Cruzio was one of the first Internet Service Providers in the country, and it's still going strong. From dialup internet with noisy modems to quiet fiber optic connections at gigabit speeds, Cruzio does it all — and if we can't get the internet to you, you can cowork in our space and use ours! We serve facilities for some of the largest companies and government entities in Santa Cruz County, right down to small shops and popup cafes. We're often able to get internet to places that others can't.