CAB’s mission is to partner with the community to eliminate poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services.
CAB’s vision is thriving, equitable and diverse community free from poverty and injustice.
Equity: We are committed to economic, political and social justice.
Dignity and Diversity: We believe every person has value and is worthy of dignity and respect.
Service: Compassion, humility and partnership are the hallmarks of our work with one another.
Community Action: Collective action and advocacy empower the community and create change.
Inclusion: The community shall be a voice in shaping our work.
Board of Directors
Low Income Representatives
Santa Cruz Westside and North Coast
Simba Kenyatta, Community Advocate
San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley
Don Heading, Community Advocate
Aptos, La Selva Beach and Freedom
Claudia Cortes, Family Resource Specialist
Live Oak, Capitola and Soquel
Emelia Leon, Health Program
Specialist and Board Co-Chair
Rachael Ellis, Recovery Community Worker
Public Sector Representatives
Ryan Coonerty, County Supervisor,
County of Santa Cruz
Alt: Silvia Austerlic, Community Advocate
County at Large
Thomas Batley, Educator
Santa Cruz City Official
Eva Bertram, University Professor, UCSC
Capitola City Official
Kristen Petersen, Business Representative,
Alt: Tanya Allen
Watsonville City Official
Paz Padilla, Immigration Coordinator,
Alt: Trina Coffman-Gomez, City Council
Member, City of Watsonville
Private Sector Representatives
Women’s International League for
Peace and Freedom, Santa Cruz Branch
Lynda Francis, Board Treasurer
Alt: Jane Doyle, Community Advocate
Elizabeth Carr, CEO
Health Care Community Representative
Farm Worker Community
Low-Income County Residents Affected
by the Criminal Justice System
Leo Moreno, Detective
Agency Annual Reports
Community Action Plan Reports
POVERTY AND INEQUALITY IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Associate Professor, Politics Department
University of California, Santa Cruz*
Research funded by the UCSC Blum Center on
Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance