About the owners, John and Patty Brissenden

John and Patty Brissenden love living in the incredibly beautiful Hope Valley, home to Sorensen’s Resort, which they have co-owned for over 36 years.  Patty is credited with helping found Friends of Hope Valley, which worked with other non-profit organizations to garner $25 million in state and federal funds to put 25,000 acres of private ranch lands into public ownership over a 10-year effort.  She was a key speaker at the first “Sierra Now” conference held in Sacramento in 1992.  She is founder and former Board member/Chair of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and currently serves as former Chair and now Board Member of The Sierra Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing investment in protecting and restoring the natural resources and communities of the Sierra Nevada region.

John, having served on the California Lahonton Regional Water Quality Board for seven years also served for 8 years on the state Off-Highway Vehicle Commission. He was also elected to the Alpine County Board of Supervisors for a four-year term. Currently, John serves on the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, which mission is to protect and ensure the environmental, economic and social health of Sierra Nevada community. This organization works to create vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations. 

Before moving to the Sierra, John and Patty lived in Santa Cruz County, where John was Field Representative to Congressman Leon Panetta.  At the time, Patty served as the Chief of Staff to then Assemblymember Sam Farr (now a Congressman).  During that time John helped with the founding of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and Patty was a founder and board member of the local National Women’s Political Caucus. She was the first woman elected to the Santa Cruz County Port Commission. During a year-long sojourn in Washington D.C. in the early 1990’s,  John and Patty volunteered for the Clinton White House.  John and Patty have four children and are happily grandparents of six.