About CAB

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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.


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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

County Official
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,
Board Co-Chair

Alt: Tanya Allen

Watsonville City Official
Paz Padilla, Immigration Coordinator,
Board Secretary

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


Financial Sector
Elizabeth Carr, CEO at Santa Cruz Community Credit Union


Health Care Community Representative
Jaime Molina

Farm Worker Community
Lizette Bedolla

Low-Income County Residents Affected
by the Criminal Justice System
Leo Moreno, Detective

Agency Annual Reports


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Community Action Plan Reports

Eva Bertram
Associate Professor, Politics Department
University of California, Santa Cruz*
Research funded by the UCSC Blum Center on
Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance
May 2017