TEAM MEMBER BIOS
SBCFAP Executive Committee
Chief Strategy Officer, Santa Barbara Foundation
As Chief Strategy Officer for the Santa Barbara Foundation, Barbara Andersen is passionate about understanding and maximizing the full potential of an organization to reach its constituencies and increase its broader social impact. She believes that comprehensive planning and a continuous improvement process lead to the achievement of bold and audacious goals. Barbara leads the communications and strategy team, which handles public relations and marketing, evaluation and learning, and public policy and advocacy. She also oversees the Foundation’s investments emergency and disaster readiness, including the Community Disaster Relief Fund.
Barbara served on the Advisory Committee of the Food Action Plan, and led the research, development, and writing of the plan. She now leads the implementation phase.
SBCFAP Executive Committee
Chief Executive Officer, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
For 10 years Erik Talkin has led the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which for two years running won Feeding America’s “Hunger’s Hope” Award for the most innovative programming in the area of child nutrition. Prior to the Foodbank, he spent seven years as executive director of the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara. His recently published book, titled Hunger into Health, shares his story of working on diverse solutions to feeding food insecure populations. He serves on the Executive Committee of Closing the Hunger Gap and the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan.
Erik served on the Advisory Committee of the Food Action Plan, and lead the research, development, and writing of the plan. He now leads the implementation phase.
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Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Community Environmental Council
Sigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management, currently as CEO/Executive Director. For energy/climate related issues, she is co-author of The Santa Barbara County Regional Energy Blueprint, editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents, and program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). For food system issues, she is on the executive team and advisory board of the countywide Food Action Plan. For more than 15 years she led the annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival production team.
Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. Prior to coming to CEC, she worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. She received the 2015 Women of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Santa Barbara.
Sigrid served on the Advisory Committee of the Food Action Plan, and lead the research, development, and writing of the plan. She now leads the implementation phase.
Food Action Plan Coordinator, Community Environmental Council
Emily Miller is a food systems analyst with on-the-ground, non-profit, and academic expertise in sustainable agriculture. She specializes in modeling contemporary food systems and pinpointing opportunities for expansion of alternative food systems, which value the nutritional and environmental health of the communities they serve. Her work lies at the intersection of scientific research and policy advocacy for a better, more ethical future. Emily became Action Plan Coordinator in the summer of 2016 after working as the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan Fellow on research, development, and writing previous year. She now she leads the implementation of Santa Barbara County’s Food Action Plan, networking and building connections and knowledge among numerous partners to build the community’s capacity to achieve its larger food system ambitions.
Emily acted as the Food Action Plan Fellow during plan development and now leads the implementation phase.
PARTNERS & FUNDERS
CEC’s mission is to identify, advocate, raise awareness, and develop effective programs to solve the most pressing environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. We are a solutions-based organization, currently focused on moving the Santa Barbara region away from fossil fuels and energy-intensive products.
The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County.
The Orfalea Foundation supports programs that promote healthy development and build skills for success in learning and in life. Across its range of focus areas, including education, school food reform, youth development, and community enrichment, the foundation works through collaborative initiatives and entrepreneurial partnerships to strengthen communities by empowering individuals. More info at www.orfaleafoundation.org and www.wholechildaction.org.
The Santa Barbara Foundation was established in 1928 to enrich the lives of people from Santa Maria to Carpinteria by building philanthropy, strengthening the nonprofit sector and solving community problems. The foundation has launched the LEAF Initiative to foster strategic approaches to improve and sustain landscapes, ecosystems, agriculture and the food system in Santa Barbara County.