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Kandi Manhart-Belding

Position: Executive Officer
Kandi Manhart in Blooming Almond Orchard

Kandi Manhart-Belding is a Farmer’s daughter! Agriculture is her heritage as she is the fourth generation in a farming family. Her family’s farm is located in Colusa County, between Williams and Arbuckle, where she grew up being involved in 4-H, FFA and sports. In 2003, Kandi graduated California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business, emphasis in Marketing. In pursuit of additional learning opportunities, she obtained her Real Estate license and worked part-time for a 501(c)3 that focused on creating local jobs until taking her position with the RCD in 2005. She enjoys working with people to help address resource issues and pursuing opportunities that benefit Agriculture, Natural Resources and local communities. She truly believes there is a balance needed amongst all resources, people and landscapes, to ensure a healthy ecosystem for future generations. When not working, Kandi loves to be outdoors, traveling to new places and spending time with friends and family.

Professional and Extra-curricular Activities:

  • California Association of RCD’s Employee of the Year Award 2018
  • California Agricultural Leadership Program – Class 40
  • Center For Economic Development, CSU, Chico Conference Advisory Board
  • Norcal Water Leaders Program by NCWA
  • CARCD Leadership Academy
  • The Aldo Leopold Land Ethic Leaders Program
  • California Organization of District Employees Co-Chair
  • California District Manager Leadership Committee Member
  • California Special Districts Association General Manager Training
  • Holistic Financial and Succession Planning Workshop Series
  • UCCE Water Quality Course
  • AB 1234 – Ethics Training
  • AB 1825 – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
  • Community Systems: GET THAT GRANT Grantwriting from Conception to Completion
  • Farm Bureau Member
  • Rotaract Club of Chico – 7 years

Photo taken by Lindsay Scott Photography