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Associate Director of Development | Food Bank of Santa Barbara County

Laurel has worked since 2014 with the Food Bank of Santa Barbara County. She enjoys working with Food Bank supporters and dabbling in data analytics as the resident quirky Salesforce data nerd. As a single parent of four, she understands many of the hardships encountered by those facing poverty and food insecurity in the Santa Barbara County greater community. She is acutely aware of barriers that working families face while trying to raise the next generation to be healthy, productive and thrive.

Prior to her career with the Foodbank, she spent three years at the American Cancer Society overseeing community engagement and patient services for Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. During that time she met many families impacted by cancer and witnessed the impact that economic security had on their treatment. For many patients, their treatments meant higher medical bills and being unable to work. Families often faced food insecurity and the threat of homelessness while recovering from illness.

She also serves on the board the Leading for Community Impact Alumni Council.

Why I love my pink water bottle: I know we don’t think of it as a food, per se. But water is critical to everything, right? Staying hydrated is how I manage to do everything in my day, and I carry my beloved water bottle with me pretty much everywhere.

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