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California State Government June 6, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Forrest Hill

Candidate for
Secretary of State; Green Party

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Dr. Forrest Hill is a research scientist, financial advisor, electoral reform activist and environmentalist. He has been a technical advisor for several government agencies including the California Department of Fish and Game and the Sonoma County Water Agency, and currently specializes in Socially Responsible Investing using investments for economic, social, and environmental transformation.

While working as a research scientist at UC Davis, Forrest worked with the Davis Human Rights Commission to pass a resolution opposing the USA PATRIOT Act and authored a resolution opposing the war in Iraq that was adopted by the Davis City Council in 2003. He also founded the UC Davis Green Party, one of the largest campus Green Party chapters in the country.

Election Systems

Dr. Hill has been an active proponent for proportional voting systems and free elections. He has published several articles on voting and democracy, and has spoken widely on the issue of proportional representation. His background in economics and ecosystem analysis - coupled with his independence from the Democratic and Republican Party - give him the necessary skills to ensure that our voting systems are fair, that all votes are counted, and that democratic representation is extended to every citizen.


For the past 30 years, Dr. Hill has been involved in grassroots politics. He has served as an officer in the Michigan chapter of Ralph Nader's Public Interest Research Group, coordinated several local and national political campaigns, and traveled to Nicaragua in support of coffee growers during the Reagan-sponsored Contra war.

Dr. Hill was the media and fundraising coordinator for the Nader/Camejo Campaign in California during the 2004 presidential election. He has been a member of the Green Party for the past five years, served as an elected official on the Green Party of California coordinating committee, chaired the committee on Green campaigns and is currently a national delegate to the Green Party of the United States.


  • University of Massachusetts: B.S., Biology, 1993
  • University of Massachusetts: M.A., Plant Genetics, 1995
  • MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.: Ph.D., Biological Oceanography, 2000

Job Experience

Forrest worked as a trackman for Conrail in the 1970's and was a member of the United Transpiration Union. In the 1980's he earned a living as a carpenter while pursuing a career in music. Forrest returned to school at the University of Massachusetts in 1991 and worked as a teaching assistant in General Biology, Genetics, and Evolution to help pay tuition. He worked as a research assistance at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute from 1997 - 2000 before earning his Ph.D.

Dr. Hill did his post-doctoral research at the Institute of Theoretical Dynamics at UC Davis, in Davis California. He has published 15 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals on topics ranging from physiology and genetics, to ecology and marine biology.


  • Age: 49
  • Occupation: Financial Advisor, socially responsible investing
  • Residence: Oakland

Forrest's partner Steve Jimenez is a lawyer with Adelson, Testan & Brundo, and is past chair of the California State Bar workers' compensation executive committee. Forrest and Steve live in Jack London Square, Oakland, California.

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