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Hiring reflects SBCFAN’s commitment to equity, accessibility and inclusivity, particularly when it comes to grassroots organizing and program design

MAY 5, 2023, SANTA BARBARA – The Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN) is pleased to welcome Ashley Lopez Estrada as its first Community Liaison.

Lopez brings deep, bilingual customer service and administrative experience to the team, as well as passion and desire to help make food more accessible in our region. While still in college, she distinguished herself with a sociological research project on privilege discrepancy for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students. 

As Community Liaison, Lopez will continue to expand SBCFAN’s work into food and social justice, ensuring that each person who seeks a partnership with SBCFAN receives equitable access to all services and resources available. She will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California in Santa Barbara in June 2023.

About Santa Barbara County Food Action Network (SBCFAN)

The mission of SBCFAN is to ensure that everyone has access to, knowledge of, and shares in the responsibility for a resilient food system. After launching in 2019 and receiving independent 501(c)(3) status in March of 2022, SBCFAN has become a cornerstone player in strengthening the robust diversity that makes up Santa Barbara County’s food system. With a full-time Executive Director, a team of experienced consultants, dozens of groups in partnership, and an active and engaged board, we are ready to move to our next stage of growth by expanding our team, streamlining our systems, and ensuring we do right by each and everyone in our region. 

SBCFAN supports efforts to advance the goals of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan, a countywide, community-driven strategic plan that assessed and provided recommendations for how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. Learn more at and find SBCFAN on,, and Learn more about the Food Action Plan at



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