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Board Director & Emerging Leaders Facilitator

Katya Armistead is the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean of Student Life at UC Santa Barbara. She is the control point for the Student Life Cluster that includes 10 Student Affairs departments. She is a certified trainer for The Leadership Challenge® Workshop, teaches a leadership course in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and works on special projects, especially around campus climate and diversity. She is a member of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs’ executive committee and a member of the Chancellor’s Senior Officers’ group. 

Katya earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 1988 and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership in 2012, both from UC Santa Barbara. She served for a decade on the Board (including as co-chair) for the nonprofit Family Service Agency. Katya is a Katherine Harvey Fellow alumni, has been a mentor for CADA’s Fighting Back Mentor Program, and helped create and is a mentor for The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Youth Making Change program.

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