Group: Board

Teresa Romero, Trustee

Teresa Romero Trustee / Fideicomisaria Teresa Romero serves as the Environmental Director for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians; is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of Chumash and is a member Syuxtun Plant Collective, a traditional plant collective focusing on tending, gathering and preparation of traditional plants. She has served on the …

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Devon Azzam, Trustee

Devon Azzam Trustee / Fideicomisaria Devon is overjoyed to be able to call Santa Barbara home after a long journey of finding her way back after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. Devon majored in environmental studies and cultural anthropology and stayed at UCSB to earn her multiple subject teaching credential and master of education. With …

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Brook Eiler, Board Secretary

Brook Eiler Secretary / Secretario When Brook Eiler is playing outside with her two boys you might hear them say “Mom, stop planting invisible trees!” As a Landscape Architect who is passionate about the natural world she can’t help it — she is often contemplating opportunities to enhance the landscape we all share. And if …

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Chris Ragland, Trustee

Chris Ragland Trustee / Fideicomisaria Chris Ragland is on a mission to make coastal zones a safe space for every race. His project, The Sea League, aims to create opportunities for youth of all ethnicities and economic backgrounds by building community, character, and environmental awareness around the biggest playground on earth, the ocean. As a …

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Lena Morán-Acereto, Trustee

Lena Morán-Acereto Trustee / Fideicomisaria Lena Morán-Acereto is a native of Mexico City, Mexico and currently a resident of Ventura County, CA where she lives with her husband and her son. Lena holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Social Justice and Leadership from Antioch University Santa Barbara, where she did research …

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April Price, Trustee

April Price works for the Community Environmental Council (CEC) on renewable energy issues. In this role, she leads programs designed to help homeowners and nonprofits transition to solar energy, and is closely involved with local government energy initiatives. Prior to working with CEC, April worked in a variety of outdoor education focused positions. For three …

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Graciela Cabello, Trustee

Graciela Cabello Trustee / Fideicomisaria Graciela has a diverse background that includes over twelve years of combined experience in conservation, movement building, community engagement, and communications in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay. Graciela is currently the director of youth …

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Carrie Kappel, Trustee

Carrie Kappel Trustee / Fideicomisaria Dr. Carrie Kappel is a Research Scientist and Senior Fellow at UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and an independent facilitator of collaborative initiatives. A marine conservation biologist and community ecologist by training, she has worked in coral reefs, kelp forests and rocky intertidal systems and …

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Amy Schneider, Trustee

Amy Schneider Trustee / Fideicomisaria Amy Schneider is an independent consultant providing strategic direction and management to individual philanthropists, foundations, public entities, and nonprofits in support of their charitable, organizational, and community change goals. She is an experienced grantmaker and nonprofit professional with broad knowledge of Santa Barbara County’s unique philanthropic and nonprofits sectors. Specialties …

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Laura Russell, Board Treasurer

Laura Russel CPA, Treasurer/Tesorera Laura is a CPA with over 25 years of experience in accounting. After receiving a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, Laura worked for KPMG in public accounting. Since moving to Santa Barbara in 1993, Laura has worked primarily in corporate accounting. As a mom to three …

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