About Us

At the heart of Girls Inc. is our mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is an affiliate of an almost 150 year-old national non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Through research-based educational programs, enrichment activities and advocacy, Girls Inc. offers girls 4 1/2 to 18 years of age opportunities to experience success as they prepare to lead independent and fulfilling lives. Girls Inc. was recently ranked among the top high-impact youth service non-profits!


Girls Inc. is a vigorous advocate for all girls, and recognizes that girls today continue to experience the impact of past and continuing discrimination on the basis of gender. Because gender biases continue to play a pivotal role in shaping girls’ prospects and expectations, it is necessary to provide them with learning opportunities and activities that break traditional patterns, foster leadership and build self-confidence. Girls Inc. strongly believes that the unique needs of girls can be most effectively addressed in an all-girl environment, where girls are encouraged to take risks, acquire skills, gain confidence, become self-reliant and practice leadership, fostering their development into self-assured, educated, independent women, and responsible members of the community.

2017 Girls Inc. Board of Directors 

Board of Directors

  • Paige Beard

  • Brian Cota

  • Stina Hans

  • Katie Hay

  • Patricia A. Jones

  • Christy Kelso

  • Nancy Leffert, Ph.D.

  • Brian D. Lloyd

  • Joe MacPhee

  • Betsy Manger

  • Karen Mims

  • Amber Ortiz

  • Connie Pearcy

  • Lois Rosen

  • Sudi Staub

  • Sarah L. Stokes

  • Christi R. Sulzbach, president

  • Caroline R. Thompson

  • Meredith Tynes

  • Diane Zipperstein

Honorary Members

  • Phyllis Cox

  • Carol S. Doane

  • Nancy Failing

  • Jean-Marie Hamel, Ph.D.

  • Perri Harcourt

  • Jody Dolan Holehouse

  • Mary Howe-Grant, Ph.D.

  • Ralph Iannelli

  • Connie L. Kennelly

  • Nancy Lessner, MFT

  • Michael Mayfield

  • Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree

  • Carol Wathen

  • Sheila Zimmerman

Advisory Board Members

  • Edward Birch Ph.D.

  • Suzanne Birch

  • Rep. Salud Carbajal

  • David Cash

  • Susan Deacon

  • Hon. Denise de Bellefeuille

  • Perri Harcourt

  • Marianne Partridge

  • Mayor Helene Schneider

  • Eric Sonquist

  • Eleanor Van Cott



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