Board of Directors

Executive Board

Catherine Swysen

Board President

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Catherine is a lifelong feminist, committed to SBWPC vision and mission. She emigrated from Brussels, Belgium in 1986 and attended SBWPC first event in 1988. She served on the board in the 1990s then took a break to concentrate on her legal career. She is passionate about women’s rights here and abroad. She volunteers with Partners in Education and is the President of the Chad Relief Foundation, a NGO working with refugees in southern Chad. where she travels regularly. By day, she is a criminal and civil trial attorney with Sanger Swysen & Dunkle.

 

Leslie Brtek

Vice President, Organization


Leslie is very pleased to serve on the SBWPC Board after having enjoyed a 37 year teaching career in Santa Barbara secondary schools. As chair of the Legislation and Advocacy Committee she has discovered a keen interest in the workings of legislatures and other political decision makers.

 

Luz Reyes-Martin

Vice President, Policy


Luz grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies from Stanford University. She went on to obtain Master of Planning and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). She currently works as the Director of Communications for Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). She is an active member of her community and serves as an elected Trustee on the Goleta Union School District, a position that allows her to connect with the local community and work towards helping all students reach their highest potential. She lives in Goleta with her husband, Diego and their son Sebastian.

 

EJ Borah

Secretary


EJ has been a political activist since she graduated from UCSB in 1958. She is a retired teacher of 40+ years. She has traveled to every continent on the planet and taken a dip in both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans (and has the tattoos to prove it). EJ moved back to Santa Barbara in 2003 to help her daughter, Farfalla, raise Rosalind (13 years old now). Besides serving on the WPC Board, she is on the Democratic Women’s Board, VP of the Democratic Service Club, and an elected official of the Democratic Central Committee

 

Lisa Guravitz

Chief Financial Officer


Lisa has served on the board for 14 years in a variety of positions, including President. Lisa loves working with such a dynamic, diverse group of women. Lisa also enjoys being with her grandchildren as well as playing mah jongg.

 

Board Members

Vicki Allen


I am a native of Chicago and have lived in Santa Barbara for 32 years. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. I was a reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette—the first woman in that newspaper’s history to be assigned a city beat. I was a writer and editor for several California newspapers, was a partner in a public relations firm, coordinated publicity for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, did magazine travel writing, and volunteered for the PTA and other local organizations. For the past five years I have been on the board of the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara and am currently (until June 2017) the communications director. I was data entry coordinator for the county 2008 Obama campaign and have been involved in several local political campaigns. I hope to see more women involved in politics and am a strong supporter of WPC’s issues and goals.

 

Diana Cecala


Diana has been a political activist for 30 years. Her PhD. in Education Policy gave her a good entree to the non-profit world around Washington, DC and Baltimore MD. In both staff and consultant positions she wrote grants and developed statewide curriculum and programs for welfare mothers, non-reading adults, and unemployed vocational youth.

After her two sons were grown she moved to Colorado and served on the board of the Eagle Valley Land Trust and Walking Mountains, a non-profit environmental learning center providing natural science curriculum and activities to the public and to the Eagle Valley School System. She also ran a successful open space campaign authorizing by referendum a small property tax increase to allow the county to purchase important, rapidly disappearing parcels in the Eagle Valley near Vail. Finally she ran 3 successful county supervisor campaigns, electing Democrats to a traditionally Republican Board of Supervisors. A recent Santa Barbara resident, she joined the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee and has enjoyed working with the Legislative Committee.

 

Andria Martinez Cohen


Andria Martinez Cohen has worked as a professional in the field of economic development for more than a decade. After working for a local non-profit organization dedicated to micro-enterprise development called Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) for nearly 4 years she joined the National Development Council (NDC) as a loan officer and underwriter for their CDFI affiliate, the Grow America Fund, in late 2009. NDC is a national non-profit dedicated to increasing the flow of capital to underserved urban and rural areas for job creation and community development. Her passion is to help entrepreneurs and women overcome adversity and achieve success through education, opportunity and financial empowerment. She is a strong advocate for underrepresented communities and working class families.

Andria’s community involvement in Santa Barbara includes volunteer work with the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara providing free income tax preparation services to low income families and teaching financial literacy in Spanish. Andria was a candidate for City Council in Santa Barbara’s district elections in 2015 and, although she lost the election, in 2016 she was appointed to a four-year term with the City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Commission. In addition, Andria is a member of the following local organizations: Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee, Democratic Women of Santa Barbara, SB Channel Keeper, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood Young Advocates, Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, and Friends of Los Banos. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Andria moved to Santa Barbara in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with minors in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California Los Angeles. She resides on the eastside of Santa Barbara with her husband, Eric Cohen, her daughter, Aya Flores Cohen, and dog, Chico.

 

Danielle De Smeth


After an early career in local politics working for then Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson and Teach for America in New York, Danielle De Smeth is currently a practicing attorney on the central coast. Danielle gives back and helps strengthen our community through her volunteer service, including leadership roles as Past President of Santa Barbara Women Lawyers and its Foundation, through which she worked with and supported the Rape Crisis Center, the Foodbank and Girls, Inc.  Danielle enjoys coaching high school and college mock trial, representing District Six as a California Women Lawyers Governor, and serving as a board member for the American Red Cross and Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties. Danielle is dedicated to increasing gender and ethnic diversity in elected office, and looks forward to being a candidate. 

Elsa Granados


Elsa Granados joined the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee Board in 1998.  As a board member, she has served as a member of the executive committee in the capacity of Vice President of Policy, Vice President of Organization and Secretary.  She has also served as the Chair of the Elections and Appointments and the Outreach Committees.  She also participated on the Fund Development, Candidate Development and Membership Committees.  Ms. Granados has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Public Administration.  For the past 19 years,  Ms. Granados has served as the Executive Director of Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.  She has been a member of the board of directors of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and of the Fund for Santa Barbara.  In addition, she served on the Santa Barbara County Affirmative Action Commission.

 

Charlotte A. Gullap-Moore


Charlotte A. Gullap-Moore is a board certified Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and the business owner of Moore On Health™. When she is not caring for patients, she is advocating for the advance practice nursing profession, participating in events benefitting the community, working in her organic garden or exercising. Charlotte and her husband moved to Santa Barbara in 2011 after living abroad in Shanghai, China. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a proud alumna of Temple University. Charlotte is a lover of life and believes that to whom much is given much is required.

 

Hathor Hammett


Hathor is an artist and mask maker. She has been a social justice activist since the 1960s. Her awards include 1997 Gay and Lesbian Business Association Humanitarian Award, NASW 2013 Public Citizen of the Year, and 2013 Independent Local Hero award.

 

Beverly Herbert


Beverly is a retired Calf. Workers’ Compensation Judge, mediator and arbitrator, and an attorney for over 35 years. She graduated with a B.A. from Portland State Univ. in Portland, Ore., and a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. She is a past president of Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County, and has worked on numerous political campaigns for both candidates and issues. She has two adult children.

 

Jacqueline Inda


Jacqueline Inda was born in Santa Barbara and grew up as a foster child on the east side of town. She became emancipated at the age of 17 and obtained her own foster care license for teens in this county. She obtained her degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, business administration, paralegal studies, and legal mediation.

She is a social justice advocate speaking on behalf of the most voiceless in the community including fighting against the gang injunction and leading the fight for voting rights with district elections in Santa Barbara.

 

Carol Keator


Carol Keator is the former director of the Santa Barbara Public Library System, an avid reader, and passionate champion for intellectual freedom, social justice and equality for all.

 

Sandy Kievman


Sandy Kievman is recently retired from nearly Thirty years, working for Los Angeles City Councilmembers and the City Attorney. Sandy’s primary focus in all three offices was to organize and work with the community and government agencies to resolve problems in neighborhoods, including gang and drug problem areas; school safety issues; as well as restorative justice programs dealing with prostitution; homelessness; and misdemeanor crimes. Sandy also created a non-profit agency that worked to provide weekend and after school activities for youth living in underserved communities to prevent gang involvement. She was also an organizer of the San Fernando Valley Coalition on Gangs, a collaboration of more than 50 agencies designed to assist the police by providing services to youth and families, with the goal of reducing gang violence. Sandy has had experience working on campaigns and ran a campaign office for one of her employers (off duty).

 

Christina Pizarro


Christina has served in the public and non profit sectors for several years. Her true passion is social justice – women’s equity, immigrant rights, marriage equality, gun safety, education parity for all students, health care for all, environmental justice, and further strengthening the community safety net.

Ms. Pizarro received her Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Berkeley and earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She enjoys volunteering, taking lengthy trips abroad, interacting with people from all walks of life, and expanding her cultural competency.

 

Max Rorty


Max is a medical social worker and disaster responder for the American Red Cross. She served for three years as commissioner for the City of Santa Barbara’s Committee for Community Development and Human Services. She is a published author and public speaker on best practices for health providers working with transgender and gender non-normative people. She is the founder of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network at sbtan.org. She lives in Goleta with her wife and daughter.

 

Pam Tambo


Pam grew up in central Indiana with short stints in Florida and Washington, D.C. She was a single parent for 19 years with a son and daughter, living in and rehabilitating Victorian houses in Muncie, Indiana. There she was active in her neighborhood association and helped to establish a reinvestment corporation to revitalize the area.

She has degrees in home economics education, community education and curriculum. She worked in the fields of vocational rehabilitation, mental health and developmental disabilities as a counselor and administrator.

She moved to Goleta 23 years ago and is married to David Tambo. She enjoys traveling around the globe since retiring from Hillside House in 2012. At home she serves on the Hillside House board as well as SBWPC and is involved with the League of Women Voters and the Association for Women in Communications. In the evening she likes to knit and do needlework.