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2021 Rally4Rianda Event Gallery

Greta Ericson – A Community Champion

Greta was good, really good, at everything she touched. Greta appreciated that her relationships and deep community connections helped her become the first female mayor, due in large part to broad support from the town’s women. She took special pride in her public relations campaign that saved the Tunnel of Elms, as well as her work in bringing Section 8 housing to St. Helena and eliminating downtown parking meters.
When Jean Rianda offered to give her home to her good friend, Greta instead persuaded Jean to bequeath her home to become a community senior center. Jean set just one condition: Greta was tasked to make the center a reality, and she did! It is fitting and appropriate we honor Greta Ericson during our 2021 Rally4Rianda for her pioneering efforts on behalf of older adults and the broader UpValley community.
– Alan Galbraith, Former Mayor (2014-18) & Former Rianda House Board Member