A proud resident of Tracy, California, Rhodesia Ransom has dedicated nearly two decades to making a difference in our community.
Growing up in San Francisco, Rhodesia always knew she’d follow a path into public service - because it was in her DNA.
Her grandmother was a missionary, and she spent much of her childhood working alongside her on volunteer projects to connect vulnerable families with medical care, housing, and other critical services. From an early age, she saw firsthand the power of giving back and helping others.
Rhodesia doesn’t just talk the talk, but she walks the walk. A mother of three who gets things done, she goes the extra mile and works hard to improve our community and make sure kids and families have more opportunities to succeed.
She co-founded Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a local non-profit that mentors and offers resources to improve the social, emotional and behavioral health of youth in San Joaquin County. She has developed innovative partnerships with local schools, public safety professionals, and businesses to address unmet community needs for youth and their families. She led efforts to bring gang violence prevention programs into Tracy's public schools. The organization now provides counseling, education, and leadership development services to more than 650 area youth each day.
She was appointed to the San Joaquin County Civil Grand Jury, joined numerous committees to help expose wasteful county government spending, and promoted solutions to improve transparency, efficiency, and service delivery across dozens of public agencies.
From 2009-2016, Rhodesia served on the Planning Commission for the City of Tracy, where she worked to improve the quality of life, attract quality businesses by overseeing land use and zoning policies, and advised housing and commercial developments, as well as protecting the environment with new safeguards.
Increasing public safety is one of Rhodesia’s top priorities. She is a founding board member of the Tracy Police Activities League and the Tracy Community Homelessness Task Force. She has earned the endorsement of the San Joaquin County Deputy Sheriff's Association, San Joaquin County Corrections Officers Association and Manteca Police Officers Association.
As a mom, she got involved directly in our public schools. She was an inaugural member of Tracy Unified School District’s Anti-Bully Committee, and when her kids attend Kimball High School, she volunteered to be President of the PTA.
Rhodesia never stops working for San Joaquin County. She is a Board Member on the San Joaquin Partnership, an organization working to attract and expand businesses in our region. Rhodesia believes that we need to create more local head-of-household jobs, so fewer parents have to commute hours every day for higher wages.
Because of her commitment to our local community, Rhodesia was elected to the Tracy City Council in November 2016, where she continues to fight for families, strengthen economic opportunities, and stand up for the most vulnerable.
Rhodesia lives in Tracy with her husband, KT, and her three children. Shaped by the values of public service, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Public Administration at Golden Gate University - in order to inform her decisions on public policy and real-world solutions.
- The Central Valley Drum Magazine’s Grassroots Activist of the Year (2007)
- The San Joaquin County Democratic Central Committee: Community Spirit Award (2011)
- Tracy Women’s Forum: Woman of Tracy Award (2012)
- Tracy African American Association: Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award (2015)
- The Stockton Links: Clemmie Award for service to youth (2015)
- NAACP - Stockton Branch: Freedom Fighter Award for service to the community (2015)
- The Tracy All City Revival award (2016)
- The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star: Luminary Women of Faith (2016)