Chief Shana Jones Honored as Woman of the Year

Local resident Shana Jones has been honored as Woman of the Year by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa). In celebration of Women’s History Month, the state Senate honors women who have made significant contributions to their respective districts and communities.

“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 Shana Jones, the 2018 Woman of the Year. “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.”

CAL FIRE Unit Chief Shana Jones has a long history of serving the public in forest management and fire protection. Shana is responsible for overseeing all CAL FIRE functions within Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Colusa, Yolo, and Solano Counties. Throughout her career, Shana 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 wellbeing of her neighbors,” said Senator Bill 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 5th generation Bay Area native, began her career with the US 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, she made the transition to fire protection as an Assistant Chief. In 2012, Shana was promoted to the position of Northern Region Staff Chief of Management Services for CAL FIRE, and in 2016, Chief Jones transferred to her current position of Unit Chief for CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit.

She has been part of the curriculum development team and is a member of the Advanced All-Hazards Incident Management (AAIM) cadre, which hones the skills of current and future Incident Management Team members on dealing with a multitude of complex incidents they may face.


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. You can learn more about the district and Senator Dodd at

Photos Attached. Caption: Chief Shana Jones was recognized this week as Woman of the Year for Senate District 3 in the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol.

Photo 1: Also pictured (L to R): Senator Pat Bates, Senator Bill Dodd, Senator Connie Leyva, and Senator Toni Atkins.

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