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16Feb 24

Oscar Gutierez

Santa Barbara City Council Member Emerging Leaders Cohort 9 Santa Barbara City Council member Oscar Gutierrez always wanted to know what was going on in the world, even at a…

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31Aug 23

Michael Velasquez

Shop Manager Bici Centro Emerging Leaders Cohort 9 Michael Velasquez remembers first discovering the joy of riding his bicycle when he was a child, cycling with friends around the neighborhoods…

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19Jun 23

Dr. Patricia Madrigal

Founder, PEAC Foundation Director of Evaluation & Programs, James S. Bower Foundation The Katherine Harvey Fellows (2010-11), Courage to Lead (2018-19) Programs Dr. Patricia Madrigal carries the lessons from her…

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27Apr 23
Ann McCarty, Rape Crisis

Ann McCarty

Executive Director, North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center Leading For Community Impact, 2016-17 Ann McCarty’s journey leading to her current role as executive director of the North County…

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31Mar 23
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Senator Monique Limón

Katherine Harvey Fellows 2008-09 Former Leading From Within Board Member Senator Monique Limón discovered a passion for public service as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. The first…

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24Feb 23
CTL July 2022 Retreat

Interview with Our Founder, Ken Saxon

THE MONTECITO JOURNAL - PHILANTHROPY Leading From Within BY STEVEN LIBOWITZ   |   FEBRUARY 21, 2023 Ken Saxon had a clear vision when he founded Leading From Within (LFW),…

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24Feb 23
Jordan Killebrew

Jordan Killebrew

Executive Director, Public Affairs and Communications at SBCC Emerging Leaders, 2017 Growing up, Jordan moved around a lot – from various homes around Los Angeles to El Paso, Texas to…

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30Jan 23

Abe Powell

Co-founder and CEO of Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade Courage to Lead, 2019- 2022 Decades before Abe Powell became known as the master behind the Bucket Brigade, he was a 25-year-old…

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28Oct 22

Sylvia Barnard

Executive Director, Good Samaritan Shelter Leading For Community Impact Sylvia Barnard was a single mom living on welfare when she put herself through college. She believed that education was her…

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27Sep 22

Teresa Alvarez

Executive Director, Carpinteria Children’s Project Emerging Leaders, 2016 Teresa Alvarez knows firsthand how critical the services are that her organization, Carpinteria Children’s Project, provides. The nonprofit preschool prepares children for kindergarten…

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26Aug 22

Gloria Soto

Executive Director, Future Leaders of America Council Member, City of Santa Maria  Emerging Leaders, 2017 Cohort     When Gloria Soto’s 8th-grade guidance counselor encouraged her to apply to Future Leaders…

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