Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors. Sue Pilkington of Goleta, and David Wong of Santa Ynez, have each joined for three-year terms effective January 1, 2020.
“Sue and David bring combined experience in business acumen, logistics, management, community engagement, and strategic planning to the Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara board,” says Tracy Jenkins, board president. “And we are also excited for Sue to add her unique perspective as a Girls Inc. parent to board dialogue and decision-making.”
Ms. Pilkington recently joined Sonos as Sr. Program Manager of ERP Systems after having worked as the Director overseeing the Supply Chain Project Management Office at Deckers. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Marymount University in Virginia and has lived in the Santa Barbara area for five years. In that time, Sue has been a Girls Inc. parent, with a daughter attending the Girls Inc. Goleta Valley Center.
“I’m excited to bring over 20 years of change management experience to the Girls Inc. board and to continue to support the girls,” says Ms. Pilkington. “We are a Girls Inc. family in order to equip my daughter and her peers with the tools to navigate adolescence with a focus on maintaining her self-confidence. I could not be more proud to join the board.”
Mr. Wong brings to the board over 50 years of high-tech experience in Silicon Valley where he led large scale projects with NASA, Tandem, and Oracle. He has chaired the California Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) committee to assist parents of special needs students to receive services from local school districts and worked on the local and national levels to implement special education legislation. He currently serves on the Santa Ynez Valley Jewish Community (SYVJC) Board of Trustees and is a volunteer at the Braille Institute training the visually impaired with assistive technology. He received his BS in Physics and his MS in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University.
“I am honored to be inducted into the Girls Inc. Board of Directors,” says Mr. Wong. “For most of my adult life I have passionately tried to represent and fight for the underrepresented and disabled. I look forward to working with the board and the staff of Girls Inc. to help tap into our girls’ hidden strengths, to allow them to shine, and to change the world!”
With the addition of Ms. Pilkington and Mr. Wong, Girls Inc. has 17 members on its board of directors.
Our vision: empowered girls in an equitable society. For more than 60 years, Girls Inc. has inspired girls in our community to be strong, smart, and bold. As one 82 Girls Inc. affiliates in the U.S., we advance girls’ rights and opportunities through direct service and advocacy, based in the belief that every girl deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. In 2019, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara served over 1,400 girls, ages 5-18, through after-school and summer camp enrichment programs, a dedicated teen center, and recreational-to-competitive gymnastics programs.