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Steve Ortiz, President & CEO 

Ortiz is a dedicated 14-year executive of United Way of Santa Barbara County. During Ortiz’s 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 led 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 (6 years) and Ethan James (3 years).
All staff members may be reached by dialing 805-965-8591 and their extension number. Staff members can also receive email at
Staff List
Steve Ortiz - President & CEO - x123
Carlee Finlinson - Executive Assistant to CEO - x122
Community Impact & Programs
Melinda Cabrera - Director of Strategic Partnerships - x111
Anna Gavin - Community Impact Associate - x106
Araceli Huerta - United for Literacy & Fun in the Sun Associate - x105
Julia West - Fun in the Sun Coordinator - x117
Lizzie Wilding - Community Impact Coordinator - x110
Communications & Grants
Katie Higgins - Communications & Grants Coordinator - x107
Nicole Blair - Finance & Administration Manager - x124
Suzanne Danielson - Donor Relations Officer - x109
Victoria Dominguez - Development Executive - x114
Ina Frank - Major Gifts Officer - x108
Tina Nelson - Development Manager - x121
Chris Ramirez - Development Executive - x116
Penny Rowan - Gift Planning Services Assistant - x119
Seth Vaughan - Manager, Workplace & Corporate Development - x112
Shanna Wasson Taylor - Gift Planning Services Officer - x120