Board of Trustees
Board members directly represent the people of the SBCC District (Carpinteria to Goleta) in determining board general policies and making decisions, which govern the total operations of the entire District and Santa Barbara City College.
The seven members of the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees are elected by District voters for four-year terms and represent areas within the District.
The Board meets at 4:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (unless otherwise announced), in the MacDougall Administration Center. Meetings are open to the public. Please call (805) 730-4011 with questions, Monday-Friday.
Jonathan Abboud - Vice President (Area 6-Isla Vista and Santa Barbara)
Jonathan Abboud joined the Governing Board in December 2014. Jonathan Abboud is the youngest Community College Trustee in California – elected in November 2014 to represent the communities of Isla Vista, UCSB, and Hope Ranch. Jonathan, a first generation American and college graduate, was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles and has lived in Isla Vista since 2010. He completed his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014. As a student Jonathan became increasingly involved on campus and especially in the student movement against the early 2010s budget cuts, he served as Associated Students President his final year. Upon graduation, Jonathan co-founded the Isla Vista Self Governance Initiative, which has succeeded in designing, lobbying for, and passing the Isla Vista Community Services District, a specialized form of local government, on the November 2016 ballot. Jonathan enjoys cooking, browsing Reddit, and watching political debates.
Marty Blum (Area 7-Santa Barbara)
Marty Blum joined the Governing Board in December 2010. Marty Blum served as Mayor of Santa Barbara from 2002 to 2010. Before that she served two terms on the City Council and two terms on the City Planning Commission. Marty was elected to the SBCC Board of Trustees in 2010, reelected in 2014. Born in Illinois, raised in Chicago, she received her BA from Purdue, MA from UCLA and Juris Doctor from Loyola. She taught at Roosevelt school, practiced law, and has served in leadership roles on various community boards. Her passion is the Santa Barbara community, especially the young people of the city.
Marsha S. Croninger (Area 5-Mission Canyon and Santa Barbara)
Marsha Croninger joined the Governing Board in December 2010.
Veronica Gallardo - President (Area 3-Santa Barbara)
Veronica Gallardo joined the Governing Board in December 2012. She is originally from the Bay Area and has been a resident of Santa Barbara for 20 years. She is an active member of the Santa Barbara community where she has served and volunteered for various community organizations. She currently teaches first grade and is employed by the Santa Barbara Unified School District. She holds a Masters of Science in Reading, CSU Fullerton, a California Reading Specialist credential, a Multiple Subject credential, B.A. English Literature, UCSB, and A.A. degrees from SBCC. Veronica lives in Santa Barbara with her husband, Juan, and her two kids.
Dr. Peter O. Haslund - (Area 1-Carpinteria and Montecito)
Dr. Peter Haslund joined the Governing Board in December 2010. Born in Copenhagen,
Denmark, he immigrated to the US in 1949. He was educated in Los Angeles and received
an AA degree from Los Angeles City College and a BA from Cal State LA. He completed
an MA at Midwestern University, Texas, and a Ph.D. at the University of California,
Santa Barbara. He was awarded Professor Emeritus status upon his retirement from
SBCC in 2009 after 40 years in the classroom teaching Political Science and Global
Robert Miller joined the Governing Board in February 2018. He was born and raised in Iowa. He moved to Southern California in 1998. He earned his B.S. degree in 1968 from Iowa State University and his J.D. degree in 1984 from the U. of Minnesota. Prior to law school, he served in the Peace Corps, served as a congressional assistant, managed a U.S. Senate Campaign and served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Refugee Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He practiced law with the firm of Bowman and Brooke, LLP from 1985 until his retirement in 2015. Since retirement he has volunteered as a legal mediator for the Superior Courts in Santa Barbara and Ventura. He also provides private mediation services. In 2014, he and his wife moved to Goleta, where he has been involved in numerous community activities. He currently serves as a Commissioner with the City of Goleta Planning Commission.
Craig Nielsen (Area 4-Santa Barbara)
Craig Nielsen joined the Governing Board in December 2012. Craig is a retired small business owner, and has worked for both small and national companies as a salesman, manager, and trainer. Since retiring he has used his emergency teaching credential mostly in local high schools and the court community schools. He has served on various nonprofit boards and committees, and currently sits on a nonprofit board. After graduating from San Marcos High School he attended SBCC and transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He is very concerned about “at risk youth” in our district. Craig could not have afforded to begin his college education if SBCC had not been an option for him.
Student Trustee 2017-18
A first generation American, David Panbehchi was born and raised in the City of Atlanta with an Iranian and Jewish background. David joined the Associated Student Government in Fall 2016 out of his dedication to ensuring governmental institutions reflect the will of their constituencies. As Events Commissioner, he organized events raising awareness regarding class inequality and our LGBT+ community. This year, he would like to continue addressing issues facing marginalized student and student housing through active outreach. David plans to transfer to University of California and get involved in local political and social activism, with the hopes of one day having the honor of representing working people on a local, state, and national level.