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Noozhawk Talks: Leslie Dinaberg Sits Down with Ken Saxon

By Leslie Dinaberg, Noozhawk Contributor

With a full-time commitment to the nonprofit community, this former business executive has the courage to lead.

Since arriving in town 12 years ago, Ken Saxon has served on the boards of some our most successful community endeavors, including the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation. Now he’s taking his experience with the unique challenges nonprofit leaders face and using it to develop a new program called “Courage to Lead.”

LD: What first brought you to Santa Barbara?

KS: My wife, Jo, and I moved here when our twins were 1½ years old. We felt that this would be a great place to raise children and it’s really turned out to be that. I remember we came at the beginning of June and two days after we showed up was the second annual Big Dog Parade … and a couple of weeks later was Solstice and then there was July Fourth and then there was Fiesta and we just thought this town was one giant parade just to welcome us to Santa Barbara.

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