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Women in Business

Roseville manager positively impacts community

Bonnie Gore is business woman, City Council member
By: Margaret Snider, Press Tribune correspondent
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If a person’s actions illustrate their character, Roseville resident Bonnie Gore is an exemplary model of an outstanding woman of business.

She earned a business degree at Santa Clara University and came to the Sacramento area 15 years ago, and to Roseville soon after that.

Her job as government relations manager at Kaiser Permanente healthcare system utilizes skills and abilities she has developed over the years through her experience and enthusiasm. Kaiser is the largest employer in Placer County, and serves 291,000 members in the Roseville-Folsom-Lincoln area.

In 2012, Gore was elected to the Roseville City Council, but that was not her first foray into the political world. She previously served as a district representative for a local state senator, and as campaign manager in several political campaigns throughout California.

Prior to being elected to the City Council, she was appointed to the Roseville Transportation Commission and the Grants Advisory Commission. She is serving or has served as either appointee or volunteer on committees and charitable organizations too numerous to list, is currently a William Jessup University trustee and was the founding board chair of the Lighthouse Family Resource Center in Lincoln.

“We were able to have a full-service public health clinic in our office, as well as the WIC program,” said Angela Ponivas, executive director of Lighthouse. “Bonnie was really key in helping us put those things together, those strong partnerships with important service providers in the area.”

Gore received the 2010 Roseville Chamber of Commerce “Athena Award,” honoring women who have significant, positive impact on the community. She completed the chamber’s Leadership Roseville program, and chaired its steering committee in 2011.

Along with all this, it is not only what she has done that is outstanding, but what she is.

“She has a great love for her community,” said Richard Robinson, public affairs director at Kaiser, and Gore’s manager. “She has a deep concern. She wants to see Roseville be successful, she wants to see Roseville thrive. I think that she has combined those assets in a way that’s made her an effective advocate for not only our organization, but the city of Roseville in general.”

Ponivas echoes the sentiment.

“She is just incredibly supportive, caring,” she said. “She truly cares about the people of Placer County, and to me that makes her stand out more than anything else. Her heart is very much in her work.”

What Gore likes best among the good qualities of Roseville is the sense of community.

“People are very welcoming,” Gore said. “If I wanted to be involved in something, they said, ‘Come join us, we want you to be a part of what’s going on.’ I felt I could be a part of a community. Having grown up in Los Angeles, you don’t have that sense.”

There are many challenges to working in business or in government, and Gore has advice for women trying to make their way: “Go after those things that you are passionate about, be persistent and don’t give up.”

She has a quote above her desk that says, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

“That’s a great thing for all of us to consider,” Gore said. “I really do like the thought of going after a bigger goal, because when you achieve that … it gives an impetus to continue going. When we’re successful at something, we stretch a little bit more.”

Gore tries to walk her faith on a daily basis.

“Am I perfect at it?” Gore said.  “No, because I’m human, just like everybody else. But I feel like God gives me the strength to keep going, especially on those tough days.”

Gore’s life is busy, but she doesn’t emphasize that.

“I’m choosing not to use the word ‘busy,’” Gore said. “I’m choosing to say that life is full, because that’s the choice I’m making right now. My life is full, but I’m making sure that I make time for friends and family and the things that matter, because without balance, we’re going to go crazy.”

Gore met her husband, Rob Gore, who teaches film at Sacramento City College, at a Christian singles dance.

“I think I love her because I know how wonderful she is,” Rob Gore said. “I don’t say that because I’m married to her, it’s just I see her character as a political person, as a businesswoman and just as a woman in general, and it’s top-notch. I think she has the highest caliber of character of any woman that I’ve ever known. That’s the reason I snatched her up and married her before some other lucky guy got her.”