Community Environmental Council Welcomes Catherine Brozowski and New Officers to Board of Directors

SANTA BARBARA, CA, February 1, 2016– The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is pleased to announce a new board member and new officers for its Board of Directors, which plays a vital role in the organization’s mission and leadership.

Catherine Brozowski, CEC’s newest board member, has a long history of non-profit stewardship, and is the former Vice President of the Orfaela Foundation. After gaining a Master’s of Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, she began her career at the National Network of Grantmakers, a network of progressive funders. She went on to act as the Corporate Giving Manager for Washington Mutual, managing their philanthropy throughout the Southeast, and helped the Group Health Foundation form national initiatives. She also served on the Board of Directors of Montana Yellowstone Expeditions Foundation, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Donors Forum of South Florida. In Santa Barbara she has also been Vice President of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and currently is on the Eleos Foundation Board.

CEC’s 2016 officers have also been appointed:

Laura Burton Capps, Board President. A veteran political strategist, Mrs. Capps currently runs a public affairs consultancy and is a highly active community member, serving on the boards of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County. She is also an appointed Commissioner on the Santa Barbara County Commission For Women.

Jordan benShea, Vice President. Ms. benShea runs Skyview Projects, where she brings over twenty years of strategic marketing experience to clients. She completed the seven-month Board Leadership Institute through the Santa Barbara Foundation and recently won the California Cox Conserves Hero award for her environmental stewardship.

John H. Steed, Secretary. For over thirty years, Mr. Steed ran a private legal practice specializing in national and international corporate law, financial services, and real estate transactions. He continues to investigate opportunities for collaboration between U.S. and Japanese companies in the fields of renewable energy generation and power storage.

Karl Hutterer, Treasurer. Dr. Hutterer is the Emeritus Director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and a past Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, where he also held an appointment as Professor of Anthropology. He has held positions at numerous other universities including the University of Hawaii, the East-west Center in Hawaii, Bryn Mawr College, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an appointment in the Philippines.

About CEC

Since 1970, CEC has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, leading the Santa Barbara region – and at times California and the nation – in creatively solving some of the toughest environmental problems. Today, CEC pioneers real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change – most notably energy, transportation and food systems.

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