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Steve Ortiz 

President & CEO
Since 2005, Steve has spearheaded United Way of Santa Barbara County's corporate, workplace and residential development, marketing, strategic planning, volunteer management and the launch of the Young Leaders Society. Steve completed his bachelor degrees at the University of California Santa Barbara and earned his MBA at Cal Lutheran University. Before joining United Way, Steve was the Financial Manager for the Devereux Foundation, California Operations.




All staff members may be reached by dialing 805-965-8591 and their extension number, or by their direct dial number listed below. Staff members can also receive email at


Staff List

Michelle Alferez - United for Literacy Associate - x110

Nicole Blair - Finance & Administration Manager - 882-0509

Melinda Cabrera - Community Impact Officer - 965-8592

Suzanne Danielson - Leadership Development Officer - 882-0514

Ina Frank - Major Gifts Officer - 882-0518

Katie Higgins - Communications & Grants Coordinator - 965-0473

Tina Nelson - Development Manager - x121

Steve Ortiz - President & CEO - x123

Lindsay Rorick -  Events Manager & Assistant to the CEO - x122

Penny Rowan - Gift Planning Services Assistant - 882-0517

Jennifer Salcido - Development Executive - 882-0516

Seth Vaughan - Development Executive - x113

Shanna Wasson Taylor - Gift Planning Services Officer - 882-0502

Julia West - Fun in the Sun Coordinator - 805-965-8591