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Community Conversations

We admire our community members. They are the strongest allies in our work for Santa Barbara County. In this news series we aim to not only expose these individuals good work, but also learn more about their lives and their commitment to the community. These are their stories:

Dr. Florene Bednersh, Welcome Every Baby (WEB), Santa Barbara County Education Office

In this Community Conversation, Jordan Killebrew, Interim Communications Manager, sits down with Dr. Florene Bednersh, Director of Welcome Every Baby (WEB), to talk about early care and education within Santa Barabra County and ask how we can do better for our community in this issue.  Read more...

 

 

 

An Interview with Ben Romo, Executive Director
of First 5 Santa Barbara County

In the latest of our Community Conservations series, Jordan Killebrew, Communications Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation, sat down with Ben Romo, Executive Director of First 5 Santa Barbara County to learn about his passion for podcasts, the outdoors, educating our youth and so many of the other things that he contributes to Santa Barbara County. Read more...

 

 

Puppets in Paradise, a very Solstice Interview with Robby Robbins

Bursting with morphic Styrofoam creations, bright colors, and the sounds of construction, you cannot help but notice the flurry of activity inside The Community Arts Workshop (CAW) located on the 600 block of Garden Street in Santa Barbara, California. The Solstice Workshop lives here and inside these walls community members from all walks of life become artists, architects, and engineers. Together they toil to create puppets, floats, and other works of art for the Summer Solstice parade.  Read more...

 

 

What is Nonprofit Excellence? A Conversation with Director of Grantmaking & Nonprofit Excellence, Amy Schneider

Nonprofit excellence means helping nonprofits meet their goals successfully by providing them with the best tools and resources in education, professional development and skill building. By supporting nonprofit excellence, the Santa Barbara Foundation recognizes that assisting nonprofits goes beyond providing financial support. Read more...

 

 

Santa Ynez Valley's Very Own, Guy Walker

Driving north on Highway 154, you travel through oak-dotted hills and descend into a lush, green basin known as the Santa Ynez Valley. You are ushered into the old town of Santa Ynez by a gentle wind that creates designs in the tall grass lining the side of the road. On Sagunto Street, a small adobe office is home to Guy Walker of Wealth Management Strategies where he and his wife Molly greet guests like dear friends. It is clear that Walker is a man bursting to share his pride and passion for the Santa Ynez Valley, and especially the Endowment for Youth Committee. Read more...

 

 

An Interview with Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara's
First District City Councilmember

It’s a crisp Wednesday morning. The sun is shining without a cloud in the sky. Quite the contrast to some of the recent brutal winter storms that elected officials like Jason Dominguez, Santa Barbara City Councilmember of district one, had to respond to in years. Between closures at Santa Barbara Airport, falling historic trees, and emergency flooding throughout the city, Dominguez still found the time to sit down with Santa Barbara Foundation Communications Officer, Jordan Killebrew, to talk about his passion for the community. Read more...

 

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