Bill Bartels

Bill brings 30 years of Organizational Development and Communications experience and practice to his client engagements. Bill’s work focuses on collaboration and facilitation in: farming, music, creative process, economic development, municipal and regional government, politics, land use planning, public policy and social work. Bill does this work at a personal, company, multi-generational, and system wide level. He consults with and for a diverse portfolio of partners and clients ranging from farm system and regulation to, community services and organizational development. Bill’s work has engaged both private and public agencies and companies.

Bill is the current managing partner of the Bartels Family Partnership, a fourth-generation family farming partnership established in 1898 and currently partnered with Underwood Ranches in the production of diversified row crop. This diversified family farming operation is based in sustainable practice, organic process, healthy soil, and collaborative systems.

Bill is also the President of GreenSource Inc., an organizational development, policy management, and coaching company, founded in 1993 as an off-shoot of sustainable farming processes to develop and facilitate the use of urban green-waste as a mulch product in permanent tree crop.

Bill has experience in: facilities design, supervision and management (annexation, area planning, public pool facility, household hazardous waste permanent collection facilities, closed landfill mitigation and post closure management, and industrial waste collection systems with post collection materials management, development entitlement); emergency response (including incident management and training in the National Incident Management System [NIMS]); biological pest control (growing facilities, in-field management, system development); permaculture soil development; budgeting and public finance accounting; security, education and incarceration systems for adults and juvenile offenders; farming (permanent tree crop, dairy, dry land cattle, row crop and grassland management).

Bill has served as staff member, choral musician, assistant conductor, conductor, director of music, composer, and artist in residence for the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. Music rehearsal and performance is a core practice and systems engagement method.

Bill is a member of the Ventura County and California Farm Bureau Federation and the International City/County Manager’s Association. He is a past president and board member of the Fillmore Citrus Protective District (a cooperative biological control district insectary). He also serves on the Fillmore Unified School District Bond Over Site Board for Measure V. He completed 6 years of service in 2018 on the Oversight Boards for the Designated Local Authority of the former redevelopment agency for the city of Santa Paula, CA and the successor agency of the Piru Area Redevelopment Agency. Bill served on the Ventura County Planning Commission for 12 years.

Bill has a B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College. He is also a past fellow (23rd Class) of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.

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