Eva Maria Catalan Joins Santa Barbara Education Foundation’s Board of Directors

Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF) recently elected Eva Maria Catalan to its Board of Directors.

As the Associate Program Director at Future Leaders of America, Catalan has been instrumental in delivering comprehensive services to students in grades 8 through 12. Alongside her professional commitments, Catalan leads the Youth Wellness Coalition, a collective of community leaders in Santa Barbara. Through the coalition, she spearheads efforts to educate and prevent underage alcohol and drug usage among the city’s youth, emphasizing the importance of a healthy and safe environment.

With a strong background in youth leadership and a commitment to empowering Santa Barbara’s students, Catalan brings her valuable expertise in youth leadership and advocacy will further strengthen the foundation’s impact on the community.

Catalan holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from California State University, Chico, and an Associate of Science in Criminology from Santa Barbara City College.

According to Catalan, “Public education is crucial because it offers students of all backgrounds access to free and high-quality public education. Every student deserves the opportunity to receive a great education, so they are able to pursue their dreams in the future.”

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system, serving over 12,500 students in 19 schools. For more information, visit santabarbaraeducation.org.

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