Oftentimes the challenges we face allow us to become better people. This has certainly been true in my own life, including when I studied mechanical engineering at Cal Poly. I was the first person in my family to earn a college degree, and I often found myself in classes without a single other woman in the room. But I was never one to back down, and my determination led me into a thriving career in engineering, where I served as Vice President and COO of a local company as well as mother to my young son, Spencer.

In 2002, my high-school sweetheart husband Sean and I welcomed our daughter Dakota into the world. She was born with a rare disorder called Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. She cannot walk or talk, suffers from seizures, and is nearly blind; but despite all that, Dakota is still the sweetest girl. It was obvious from the beginning that she would change my life, but I didn’t realize just how positive a change it would be!

With all her different needs, it quickly became clear that I would not be able to return to my regular job, and I decided to give up my engineering career in order to look for something more flexible. I found just what I needed in real estate, but getting into the business was an exceptional challenge in its own way. The industry revolves around meeting people and making connections, and I had been quiet and shy for me whole life! I didn’t have the slightest idea how to network.

It started coming together when I began volunteering at Spencer’s school. For the first time, I found it easier to meet other parents, making friends and building my business at the same time. My network grew and grew, and I actually began to enjoy the socializing! The flexibility had become a new sort of freedom, allowing me to be more spontaneous and to discover a new side of myself.

One way that new side manifested was with my trademark high heels! Being 5’9 already, I never used to have much interest. But when a friend of mine took me out shopping and put me in a pair of heeled boots, something just felt right. Since then, I’ve become known for all the different high heels I wear, and have been making up for lost time not just with my shoes, but with the rest of my life as well.

Recently, I took on the role of President at the Wild Oak Saddle Club; and a few years ago, I also began serving as a Certified Tourism Ambassador (or as I like to call it, a “Certified Fun Person”) in Sonoma County. My fellow CTAs and I are dialed in to all the great things going on across the county, from local concerts to restaurants and wine tastings. This is a fabulous area, and as a lifelong resident of Santa Rosa, it’s always a privilege to showcase it to my clients.

I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you take the time to interview me and see if I might be the best agent for you.
Buying or selling real estate is an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent can significantly impact your satisfaction and results. By the way, I am also a licensed real estate broker and notary public, which extend the knowledge and services I offer my clients. My ability to perceive the true needs of my clients coupled with the creative use of modern technologies provide a winning solution for buyers and sellers alike!

It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. For several years I’ve been honored to be among the elite group of agents to earn the prestigious Century 21 Quality Service Award, which is based solely upon client feedback following completed transactions.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate my services and interview for the job. I want you to know that if you do not choose me, I will never be upset. But if you do, I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.


Jolene Cortright

Contact Info
Jolene Cortright

CA DRE License Number: 01469046

Direct: (707) 477-6529

Century 21 North Bay Alliance
1057 College Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95404
CalBRE License Number: 01523620