The 2015-2016 Katherine Harvey Fellows presented on their 18-month journeys in the development program and were recognized in a superhero-esque cape ceremony on June 7th at the Santa Barbara Foundation.
The 18 young leaders, selected from communities and diverse professional fields across Santa Barbara County, described how their fellowships enhanced their skills, connections, and confidence to effectively engage themselves within their communities. The class was divided into teams, and each team was charged with developing solutions to specific community challenges, including sustainable urban living, poverty, and college access.
“I would like to use my passion for education and social justice to advocate for youth and to make space for all voices to be heard,” said fellow Brianna Aguilar, Financial Literacy Coordinator at Montecito Bank & Trust.
The Santa Barbara Foundation established the Katherine Harvey Fellows program in 1999, in honor of the late philanthropist Katherine Harvey. Run in partnership with Leading From Within, the program has funded agencies and projects such as Youth Making Change, Community Economic Relief Fund, and People’s Self Help Housing.
The 2015-2016 Katherine Harvey Program Instructors were Carrie Randolph, Executive Director of Leading From Within, and Jim Morouse, Board Chair of the Santa Barbara Foundation and a member of the board at Leading From Within. The two applauded the fellows for their innovative solutions to the challenges they faced, and for deepening their knowledge about and commitment to community leadership, service, and philanthropy.
As Morouse put it, the program participants “earned their capes.” Actual capes were given to the fellows.
2015-2016 Katherine Harvey Fellows
Brianna Aguilar, Montecito Bank & Trust
Brennan de Raad, ShipHawk
David Duron, Toad&Co.
Nadra Ehrman, The Towbes Group
Ryan Emmons, Waiakea Springs, Inc.
Heather Hawley, All Saints By The Sea
Kiah Jordan, Jordan Advisors
Jessica McLernon, County of Santa Barbara
Maritza Mejia-Wilson, UCSB
Dawn Mitcham, Pacific Capital Resources, LLC
Jorge Morales, Montecito Bank & Trust
Ashley Newman, Perfect Plan
Nohemy Ornelas, Allan Hancock College
Sujana Patel, Sonos
Danielle Quinones-Ortega, UCSB
Molly Seguel, Marymount School
Tracy York, HG Data
Photo credit: Santa Barbara Foundation Staff