The Santa Barbara Police Activities League (PAL) is proud to announce John Van Donge as the new President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Van Donge had previously served as President from 2013 to 2016 and has been on the PAL board for over 10 years. Since 1999, Santa Barbara PAL has built positive mentoring relationships between teens, the police department and members of the community. In partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and the Police Department, PAL provides after-school enrichment, athletic, cultural and teen leadership programs at the Twelve35 Teen Center, located at 1235 Chapala Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
A Santa Barbara native John Graduated from University of California at Santa Barbara. For over 25 years he has been a Financial Advisor with major Wall Street Firms in both Santa Barbara and Century City, CA. After a 17-year career at Merrill Lynch, where he served as the Resident Director of the Century City, CA office, John currently serves as Managing Director at Stifel in Santa Barbara. John is also active in the community as a board member of the Santa Barbara Police Foundation and serves on the finance committee for Lotusland. He and his wife Kerry live with their three children in Santa Barbara.