Woman of the Year: Solano County Business/Civic Leader

Monday, March 23, 2020

VALLEJO – Peggy Cohen-Thompson, president of the Solano County Board of Education, longtime advocate for African-American business and Vallejo civic leader, has been named 2020 Woman of the Year by Sen. Bill Dodd.

“Peggy’s contribution to our community is simply immense,” Sen. Dodd said. “I’m proud to recognize this tireless champion of public schools, small business and all things Vallejo. She’s a great woman who has achieved so much. We’re all fortunate to have her working on our behalf.”

Cohen-Thompson has been a schools trustee since 2014. She is also a Vallejo planning commissioner and is immediate past president of Vallejo Community Access Television. From 2004 to 2015, she was president of the Vallejo-Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce. She was a founding member of both the Vallejo Business Alliance and the Vallejo Education & Business Alliance through Solano Community College. She was twice appointed by the Vallejo City Council to planning and budget committees.

In addition, she is a longtime real estate broker and owner of Prestige Realty, a notary and hair stylist.

“I am humbly grateful that Sen. Dodd would determine my community engagements worthy of such honorable recognition,” Cohen-Thompson said. “My initial involvement in community and civic affairs began years back when I opened my first business in ‘downtown’ Vallejo, which at that time was beginning the first phases of redevelopment. As a business owner, I was notified of various changes and was encouraged to attend meetings, participate on task forces and join committees. Today, I find myself heavily involved in my community as we create more equitable solutions and improve the quality of life for all.”

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