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Paul Didier 

President & CEO

Paul Didier has been President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County since 1976.  A Certified Financial Planner, a UCSB and Harvard MBA graduate, and a former real estate broker and syndicate with his own firm, he has applied for-profit, market driven innovations to United Way and other non-profit organizations.





Steve Ortiz 

Executive Vice President & COO
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 - x115

Nicole Blair - Finance & Administration Manager - 882-0509

Melinda Cabrera - Community Impact Officer - 965-8592

Joshua Canada - Workplace Development Manager - 882-0512

Luis Chaidez - Fun in the Sun Project Manager - 965-8593

Suzanne Danielson - Development Executive - 882-0514

Paul Didier - President & CEO - 965-8591 x123

Ina Frank - Philanthropic Services Officer - 882-0518

Brandi Freeman - United Learning Center Tutor - x131

Katie Higgins - Communications & Grants Coordinator - 965-0473

Manpreet Kaur - Community Impact Assistant/Database Administrator - x103

Tina Nelson - Development Manager - 965-8591

Steve Ortiz - Executive Vice President & COO - 882-0511

Jasmine Rara - Development Executive - x113

Lindsay Rorick - Administrative Assistant / Events Manager - 965-8594

Penny Rowan - Gift Planning Services Assistant - 882-0517

Jennifer Salcido - Development Executive - 882-0516

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