Supervisor Michael Ranalli is a wine grape grower and has lived in El Dorado County, and in the
Fourth District that he now proudly represents, for over 30 years. Michael and his wife Colleen
have been married for 24 years and live in Lotus where they own and operate Ranalli Vineyards.
The youngest of four children, Michael is originally from a Western Pennsylvania steel town and
came to California with a strong blue-collar work ethic. Hired by Intel Corporation in the late
1970s, Michael spent more than two decades at Intel in engineering, management and executive
leadership with success across multiple continents, cultures, and languages.
Michael's journey to the Board of Supervisors began with the creation of a business plan for his
vineyard. He undertook an extensive study of the historic role of agriculture in the County, the
evolution of agricultural market segments, trends, statistics and regulations. He was particularly
struck by the steep and steady decline of the timber industry and looked for emerging economic
opportunities that could replace that lost business. With this in mind, he especially focused on
the role of grape-growing in the County's agricultural economy.
The realization that local farmers and ranchers could not make a viable living in their own
community hit Michael hard. It seemed the only people farming in El Dorado County were
either families with generations of family tradition or people who had come to farming after
some other successful business, hence "the gentleman farmer." Commenting on his vineyard
business plan, his brother quipped "well, that's a nice hobby."
During his research, he began to understand the relationship of different sectors of agriculture as
well as the interplay of many other facets of El Dorado County, such as roads,jobs, law
enforcement, education and health services. He came to realize that it is important to study and
understand how the multitude of regulations affect all segments of our economy and each other.
Michael began attending Agriculture Commission meetings, Planning Commission meetings,
County Budget hearings and Board of Supervisors meetings to educate himself on the policies
and processes that affect the economic viability of our County. He discovered that his experience
was very common. At every opportunity, citizens would speak about their devastating personal
experiences that resulted from trying to accomplish reasonable projects within the County.
Michael's voluntary attendance at various County meetings as an interested citizen in 2010
coincided with the mandatory five-year review of the County's 2004 General Plan. In 2011, he
began reading and researching the history of prior economic plans for the County and the
formation of various committees. He became increasingly familiar with numerous aspects of the
County's General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and the interdependency with economic development.
He and others also realized the need to remove significant regulatory barriers to economic
stability and the difficulty El Dorado County has in attracting high tech companies with greater
revenues, higher paying management, scientific and production line jobs.
Prompted by the fact that the County's General Plan was not in compliance with state law and
that regulations and excessive fees were stagnating the local economy, Michael actively
participated in the Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC)
meetings. He became the coordinator for the CEDAC led Regulatory Reform efforts and was
appointed by the Board of Supervisors to CEDAC in 2012. CED AC is a nine-member
committee, advisory to the Board of Supervisors, which as prescribed by the Economic Element
of the General Plan, is comprised of business and industry representatives. His 22 years with
Intel Corporation provided an ideal background to serve on a committee that advises our County
on economic issues.
Even though his work with CED AC was time consuming, Michael found that it was important to
engage with other associations and organizations. He was asked to speak about regulatory issues
within the General Plan at the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County in 2011. He became
a member of the Taxpayers Association in 2012, and was voted to their board in 2014. He joined
El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association in 2010, became a member of their marketing
committee in 2011, and became a board member in 2013. He joined the Divide Chamber of
Commerce in 2012 and became a board member in 2013. In 2013 he became a member of the El
Dorado County Farm Bureau.
On January 9, 2018, Supervisor Ranalli' s colleagues on the Board of Supervisors elected him to
serve as the Chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Elected to the Fourth
Supervisorial District on November 4, 2014, Supervisor Michael Ranalli serves on the following
Board appointed Committees and Commissions: