Partnership Members

Policy Team

The South Coast Youth Safety Partnership Policy Team is a regional collaborative that includes the County of Santa Barbara, and the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria.  It also includes elected officials, local government agencies and executives, law enforcement, education, faith community, philanthropic and community-based organizations, youth and parents.  The Policy Team meets four times a year at alternating locations throughout the South Coast. For meeting information please visit Meetings.

The role of the Policy Team is to convene community stakeholders to address issues on youth safety and prevent violence in the South Coast.  The Policy Team or Partnership does not operate any programs.  The Policy Team relies on a Strategy Team to provide continuity between meetings.  The Strategy Team meets monthly and is staffed by the Partnership Coordinator.  The Purpose of the Strategy Team is to:

  • Provide continuity between quarterly meetings
  • Promptly address issues or potential issues of youth gang violence
  • Come together to assist partner agencies applying for federal, state, and local and private funds
  • Oversee the work of the Partnership Coordinator, and lead and monitor work plan initiatives
  • Make recommendations and report back to the Policy Team

South  Coast Youth Safety Partnership

Policy Team




County of Santa Barbara Mona Miyasato Chief Executive Officer
County of Santa Barbara Bill Brown Sheriff
City of Santa Barbara Rebecca Bjork City Administrator
City of Goleta Robert Nisbet City Manager
City of Carpinteria Dave Durflinger City Manager
University of California, Santa Barbara Jill Sharkey Associate Dean, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
City Of Santa Barbara Kelly Gordon Police Chief
County of Santa Barbara Holly Benton Chief Probation Officer
Santa Barbara County Education Office Rene Wheeler Administrator, Juvenile Court and Community Schools
Santa Barbara Unified School District Hilda Maldonado Superintendent
Carpinteria Unified School District Diana Rigby Superintendent
Goleta Union School District Diana Roybal Superintendent
CADA/ Fighting Back Scott Whiteley Executive Director
Communify Patricia Keelan CEO
All for One Richard Muñoz Executive Director
Faith Community Representative Gerardo Menchaca Reverend
County of Santa Barbara Amy Krueger Deputy Director, Dept. of Social Services
County of Santa Barbara Suzanne Grimmesey Deputy Director, ADMHS Clinical Operations
Santa Barbara City College Christina Llerena Director of EOPS/CARES
Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable Appointee Deanna Vallejo Community Grants Program Officer
Carpinteria Unified School District Gerardo Cornejo Principle
County of Santa Barbara John Savrnoch District Attorney
County of Santa Barbara Superior Court Presiding Juvenile Judge
Santa Barbara County Education Office Susan Salcido Superintendent
City of Carpinteria Mónica Solórzano Council Member
City of Carpinteria Roy Lee Council Member
City of Goleta James Kyriaco Council Member
City of Santa Barbara Alejandra Gutierrez Council Member
Santa Barbara Board of Education Wendy Sims- Moten Board Member
University of California, Santa Barbara Jeffrey Milem Dean
Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable Appointee Jon Clark Executive Director Bower Foundation
Community/Family Representative Cristina Lopez Representative
Community/Family Representative Peggy Ochoa Representative

Coordinator, South Coast Youth Safety Partnership: Steven DeLira