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Steve Ortiz, President & CEO 

Ortiz is a dedicated 13-year executive of United Way of Santa Barbara County. During Ortiz’ tenure with United Way he and his development team have raised close to $50 million to create, expand and deliver result-driven, innovative strategic partnerships across multiple sectors for the benefit of the local community.  He has also lead marketing and public relations campaigns and program/partnership branding.

Ortiz holds bachelor degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Business Administration from Cal Lutheran University.  He was a Pacific Coast Business Times “40 Under 40” Award recipient in 2010 and also owned a small business and served as managing partner of the LLC.

Ortiz and his wife Amber have two children, Isabella Rose (5 years) and Ethan James (2 years).


All staff members may be reached by dialing 805-965-8591 and their extension number.

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Staff List

Nicole Blair - Finance & Administration Manager - x124

Melinda Cabrera - Director of Strategic Partnerships - x111

Suzanne Danielson - Major Gifts Officer - x114

Victoria Dominguez - Development Associate - x116

Carlee Finlinson - Executive Assistant to CEO - x122

Ina Frank - Major Gifts Officer - x108

Anna Gavin - Community Impact Associate - x106

Katie Higgins - Communications & Grants Coordinator - x107

Tina Nelson - Development Manager - x121

Steve Ortiz - President & CEO - x123

Penny Rowan - Gift Planning Services Assistant - x119

Seth Vaughan - Manager, Workplace & Corporate Development - x112

Shanna Wasson Taylor - Gift Planning Services Officer - x120

Julia West - Fun in the Sun Coordinator - x117