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The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.
Erik Talkin, Chief Executive Officer (805) 967-5741 x 100
For the past eleven years, Erik’s goal has been to help the Foodbank become an organization that moves people from hunger to nutritional self-sufficiency and health – both for themselves and their communities. Prior to the Foodbank, Erik spent six years as the Executive Director of the Community Kitchen of Santa Barbara. His author of two books: “Hunger into Health” (2018) and “Lulu and the Hunger Monster” (2020). Erik has a background as a writer and filmmaker and served as a principal in two production companies. His short film, “The Gallery,” starring Helena Bonham Carter was selected for the London Film Festival. He has won an International Television Association Award for writing and directing a Best Educational Drama and his theatrical work has been produced on the London Fringe. He serves on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Food Banks and the National Advisory Council of Feeding America.
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer – ext 405
Nathalie Keller, Interim Chief Development Officer – ext 101
Carrie Wanek, Chief Financial Officer – ext 113
Lisa Skvarla, Chief Engagement and Learning Officer – mobile: (805) 403-2471
Lacey Baldiviez PhD, Director of Community Programs and Education – mobile: (805) 280-2064
Our Operations team at the Foodbank is responsible for the safe and efficient distribution of nutritious food through our network of non-profits and community programs. With a fleet of over 10 vehicles and over 30,000 feet of warehouse space, we’re capable of fielding and distributing more food than any non-profit in the county.
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer – ext 405
Jesus Lopez, Warehouse Manager, Santa Barbara – ext 203
Temo Garcia, Warehouse Manager , Santa Maria- ext 302; mobile: 805-451-7085
Jamie Diggs, Partner Services Manager – ext 303
Liz Woollard, Partner Services Coordinator – ext 212
Gregg Hitch, Partner Services Supervisor – Santa Maria,
Jesse Aguilar, Warehouse Supervisor, Santa Barbara – ext 205
Jesus Elorza, Warehouse Supervisor for Santa Maria / North County
Glen de St. Jean, Reclamation Supervisor – mobile: (805) 868-4856
Anthony Rodriguez, Operations and Disaster Services Specialist – ext 215
Ashley Arciniega, Office Manager – Santa Maria
Roberto Ayala, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Barbara
German Bottello, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Barbara
Rony Tista, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Tim Chayra, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Daniel Madrigal, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Josh Place, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Louie Reyes, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Haley Rojas, Warehouse Assistant, Grocery Rescue – Santa Barbara
Anthony Sanchez, Warehouse Assistant/Driver – Santa Barbara
Albert Tejada, Warehouse Assistant, Floor Lead – Santa Barbara
Martin Valdiviezo, Transportation Lead – Santa Maria
Cynthia Youngern, Warehouse Assistant – Santa Maria
Lupe Cortes, Administrative Assistant – Santa Maria
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & BACKYARD BOUNTY (Volunteer Services)
Contact this team to coordinate food drives, learn more about volunteering with the Foodbank, and arrange to have your excess fresh produce gleaned and donated.
Lisa Skvarla, Chief Engagement and Learning Officer – (805) 403-2471
Kelli Padilla, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator – ext 301
Charlie Cloutier, Community Engagement Coordinator, South County – ext.213
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Whether it’s a national food retailer or a neighbor with a fruit tree, our Food Sourcing team actively procures millions of pounds of healthy food every year. In addition to receiving daily donations from community members, local retailers, and farmers, we also purchase millions of pounds of food to supplement our donated inventory, often for only a few cents on the dollar.
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer- ext 405
FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND EDUCATION
Lacey Baldiviez, PhD , Director of Community Programs & Education – (805) 280-2064
Jacqueline Valencia, Assistant Director, Community Programs & Education – (805) 699-8243
Daisy Basulto, CalFresh Outreach Coordinator – (805) 699-1198
Community Programs Supervisor, North County – ext 313
Jareli Jimenez, Education Manager – (805) 698-1363
Monica Buenrostro, Community Programs Coordinator, North County – ext 305
Nohemi Hernandez, Community Programs Coordinator, South County
DEVELOPMENT (Fundraising & Events)
For more information about making a donation, attending a fundraising event, sponsoring a program or grant-related inquiries, please reach out to someone in this department.
Nathalie Keller, Interim Chief Development Officer – ext. 119
Dan Thomas, Capital Campaign Director – ext 101
Matthew Neal, Director of Strategic Gifts – ext 116
Laurel Alcantar, Senior Development Manager – ext. 304, or (805) 403-5354
Judith Smith-Meyer, Senior Communications Manager, (805) 967-5741, ext 104, or (805) 680-0625
Lauren Coiro, Grants Manager – ext 110
Anna Boren, Development Coordinator, (805) 967-5741 ext 306 (Contact for giving statements.)
Megan Halpin, Marketing Assistant
Alex Varner, Development Associate
Hannah Webster, Grants and Development Coordinator