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Kathy Simas

Kathy Simas brings over 38 years of knowledge of the northern communities to her position as North County Director. For 13 years she managed the philanthropic and marketing activities of the foundation's affiliate committees in Lompoc and Santa Maria. She currently provides outreach in north county, input to the foundation on community projects, and oversees the Express Grant program. Kathy also serves as the Foundation’s contact in the veterans workspace throughout the County.

In addition to her nonprofit experience, Kathy spent two decades in the business community, working with a real estate developer and a telecommunications company. She previously served on the Workforce Investment Board of the County of Santa Barbara and the Board of Directors for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors and Convention Bureau. For 27 years Kathy was also involved with the Santa Maria Valley Industry Education Council (SMVIEC), serving two terms as president. She co-founded the SMVIEC/Chamber Computer Connects Program.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in textiles marketing/economics from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of La Verne.
North County Headquarters:  (805) 346-6123  |   2625 S. Miller Street, Suite 101, Santa Maria, CA 93455
South County Headquarters:  (805) 963-1873  |  1111 Chapala Street, Suite 200, Santa Barbara, CA 93101