Rooted Santa Barbara County Welcomes New Board Members Lacey Baldiviez, PhD AND Angela Manavella

Rooted Santa Barbara County is delighted to welcome local nonprofit community leaders and nutrition and food system advocates Lacey Baldiviez, PhD and Angela Manavella to our Board of Directors!

Dr. Lacey Baldiviez started her food banking career in January 2019 as Director of Education for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. In this role, Dr. Baldiviez developed the “Food Boss” curriculum, created a new Food Creativity Lab program for high school students, worked with Feeding America network partners on the Healthcare Partnership Community of Practice, and implemented a Healthy Nudges program with partner agencies.

As Director of Community Programs and Education, Dr. Baldiviez, along with her team, guided the establishment of 50 new SAFE food distributions across the county and transitioned all senior food distributions to home delivery, making over 75,000 safe deliveries. Under her leadership, a farmworker food access and education program, a Food Rx partnership with healthcare providers and CalFresh and Pandemic-EBT support were implemented across Santa Barbara County. Dr. Baldiviez launched a new Service Insights program at the Foodbank using Link2Feed software and leads a Boundless Collaboration project with FoodShare, Inc. in Ventura County.

Dr. Baldiviez is originally from Santa Maria and holds a PhD in Nutritional Biology with a designated emphasis in International and Community Nutrition from University of California, Davis. Her minor areas of specialization are Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Angela Manavella is currently the Programs & Network Manager for a local nonprofit organization called Leading From Within, providing high quality leadership development programs and offerings to empower the changemakers of our community. In her role, she works to enhance the experience and impact created from the program curriculum and growing network of local leaders working across Santa Barbara County and diverse community issues. She is core in the organization’s efforts in expanding its diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as in the evaluation of its programs and services. She is also recently an alumna of Leading From Within’s Emerging Leaders program.

Angela was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is proud to be actively engaged its thriving nonprofit sector since graduating college in 2014. She received a B.A. in Planning, Public Policy and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Administration at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon – where much of her passion for local, sustainable food systems grew from where it first sprouted at the Santa Barbara High School’s Green Academy and garden program.

She also has worked sporadically throughout the years at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market for local farmer, Jacob Grant, of Roots Organic. She’s an avid traveler and has explored much of Latin America, including in 2019 when she spent a few months volunteering on a biodynamic farm in Patagonia, Argentina.

“Angela and Lacey bring unique leadership skillsets, passion for our mission, and range of experiences to our Board of Directors and growing organization. We’re incredibly honored and thrilled to be working together to advance Rooted’s important mission to mobilize Santa Barbara County to grow health equity and resilience through whole food plant-based nutrition education and support. Their partnership will help to lead critical growth as we work to thoughtfully grow our programs, services, and partnerships in 2023 and beyond,” said Rooted Chair Beth Skidmore, MSACN.

To learn more about Rooted’s leadership and advisory councils, please visit https://rootedsantabarbara.org/collaborators/.


Rooted is mobilizing Santa Barbara County to grow health equity and resilience through whole food plant-based nutrition education and support. Rooted launched to fill a gap in our local healthcare and food sectors to address the nutrition-related health crisis that has grown and persisted for decades. With a priority to serve residents with the greatest barriers to good health and the healthcare and direct services that support them, Rooted equips community members with the knowledge, tools and support to improve health with plant-forward lifestyles. Through accessible, bilingual nutrition and food skills education programs and healthcare and direct service partnerships, we strive to reduce the burden of chronic disease and help county residents eat to thrive.

For more information, please contact: 

Rooted Santa Barbara County
PO Box 91227
Santa Barbara, CA 93190

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