Raiza Giorgi has been elected Chairperson of the TV Santa Barbara Board of Directors. Giorgi is the owner and publisher of Santa Ynez Valley Star, a twice-monthly publication in the Santa Ynez Valley as well as the Santa Barbara Family and Life Magazine, a monthly publication focusing on the Santa Barbara and surrounding communities.
“I am very honored to be selected as Chairperson for TVSB. In my short time seeing what this amazing nonprofit does for our community, from educating tomorrow’s media arts students and creating an environment where anyone can learn how to produce video and tell stories I am really excited to breathe some fresh ideas and get more people aware of this amazing place to create,” Giorgi said.
Giorgi succeeds Anders Bergstrom, who served as Chairperson for two years, and on the board for three years. Josh Figatner was elected to serve as the Vice-Chairperson after serving as the organization’s Treasurer for two years. Also elected to TV Santa Barbara’s executive committee were Bob Vitamante (Treasurer), Jennifer Fullerton (Secretary) and Tracy Beard (Governance Chair). Michael Mongold was also appointed to an at-large seat on the TV Santa Barbara Board of Directors, and John Orland was reappointed for a second term.
TV Santa Barbara empowers people to make media that matters. They do this by providing community members with knowledge, resources, and tools to create and distribute their own original programming content. TV Santa Barbara’s nonprofit media arts center is the place for diverse communities to tell their stories, hear each other’s stories, and create new stories together. TVSB believes that every voice is important, and each person’s beliefs, ideas, thoughts, and creativity have the power to shape our community.
TV Santa Barbara also offers media training programs to foster a safe environment for the development and expression of ideas. Youth media programs provide hands-on professional training in media production for youth to be able to tell stories and create media with a lasting impact.
TV Santa Barbara is also gearing up for their annual Raise Your Voice Media Awards Celebration starting at 5:30 p.m.on August 25, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
To learn more about TV Santa Barbara’s programs, sponsor and volunteer opportunities or to attend the Media Awards log onto www.tvsb.tv.