About Justin Raithel


Justin Raithel is a problem solver who can work with all sides to find the best solutions for our community.

As the current Chair of Folsom's Planning Commission, Justin has worked to improve proposed new and infill developments. He has fought for safe pedestrian routes to schools, increased connections to open space and encouraged active living through good design practices. Justin has advocated for local businesses and fought to reduce red tape and unintended consequences of bureaucracy. Justin also has served on Folsom's Historic District Commission focusing on the preservation of our unique and special historic district and the Library Commission focusing on expanding access and programs for all.

Justin is a founding Steering Committee member of Folsom's Community Service Day. He initially used his organizational skills to lead the registration and check-in efforts and then moved on to lead large construction projects in partnership with his Rotary Club of Folsom. Three years ago, Justin started Neighbors Helping Seniors to help our seniors prepare their homes for the rainy season. Mayor Aquino selected Justin to be the 2020 Committee Chair after six years of helping to shape this impactful day of service. Justin was recognized as the 2014 Young Professional of the Year and the 2020 Volunteer of the Year by the Folsom Chamber of Commerce.

Justin currently serves on the Folsom Economic Development Corporation Board, the Inner Athlete Foundation Board and the Quail Park Maintenance Association Board. He has previously served on the board of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Folsom. Justin was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal in their prestigious "40 under 40" awards in 2016. Throughout his terms on various boards, his focus has always been on how to make Folsom a more vibrant, happier and healthier place to call home.

Justin is a licensed professional engineer who worked in the United States, Europe and Africa before moving to Northern California. He currently manages operations for a medical group and recently launched a software startup company after completing a coding bootcamp at UC-Davis. When he's not working, Justin enjoys running on Folsom's many trails, sailing on Folsom Lake and patronizing Folsom's many small businesses.