As a long-time resident of Nevada County, Patti Ingram Spencer's family's roots run deep. Her great grandfather, Thomas Ingram became the managing editor of the local newspaper, the Union in 1899. He had come to Grass Valley at the age of two with his parents Thomas Charles Ingram and Christiana Ingram who immigrated from Cornwall England.
You could say public service runs in the family, because, in addition to managing the paper, from 1921 until his death, Patti's great grandfather served as the area's California State Senator. In 1946 her grandfather became publisher of the Union and managed it for 35 years. Patti's father followed in their footsteps and worked at the paper for many decades in a variety of roles including editor/publisher at the time of his retirement. They shared their love for the community and a deep commitment to serving its residents.
Patti brings extensive local government leadership experience to the race for District 3 Supervisor, having served two four-year terms on the Grass Valley City Council, as Mayor for two years. She also served on the Grass Valley Planning Commission for five years, where she served as Chairman and Vice-Chair. Her community leadership experience also includes service on the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce as both a member and Chairman.
Patti attended Sierra College and Sacramento State University where she studied Journalism. She went on to a career in the title and escrow profession where she retired after 43 years in the industry.
A graduate of the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute, in addition to her local government leadership experience, Patti has been extensively involved in area service clubs and organizations including Native Daughters of the Golden West, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, and the Nevada County Fair Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Business Woman of the Year Award by the Business and Professional Women of Nevada County.
“I think having deep roots and a long-standing connection to the community makes a difference,” said Ingram Spencer. “I know the District, I know the history, and I know the challenges that lay ahead and I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve our area," she concluded.
Patti and her husband, former Nevada County Supervisor John Spencer make their home in Grass Valley.