of Greater Santa Barbara

Jennifer A. Faust became CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara on January 3, 2022. A women’s leadership advocate and policy expert, Jen has focused her career around ensuring girls’ and women’s empowerment and equal participation at both the policy and practice levels. Jen combines her 25 years of strategic leadership, systems change management, and fundraising (major gifts) with DEI, program development, and team building experience to advance Girls Inc.’s strategic priorities in these areas. She is also a women’s empowerment and leadership coach.

With a background in international social justice and policy development, Jen worked to secure economic and voting rights for women in Kosovo (and other countries) and served in the U.S. Peace Corps organizing broad-based economic empowerment movements for women’s groups in Haiti. Most recently, Jen served as Executive Director for the Pacific Council on International Policy, University of Southern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in political economy from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Learn more about Jen


Brenda Mendoza Alamo

Teen Programs Director

Meredith Beitz

Board Member

Tom Blabey

Chief Operating Officer 

Carol Brumberger

Board Member

April Cook

Administrative Assistant

Mel Dase

Executive Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Vanessa Garcia

Co-Treasurer & Girls Inc. Parent

Mark Heinrich

Board Member

Tracy Jenkins
Tracy Jenkins

Vice President

Susan Lichtenstein

Board Member

Stephanie Lopez Lozano

Health and Safety Coordinator

Betsy Manger

Board Member

Adrianna Munoz

Gymnastics Membership Coordinator

Amber Ortiz


Annabel Padilla

Director of Program Operations

Samara Page

Board Member

Amie Parrish

Board Member

Kendall Pata

Board Member

Katie Pearson

Development Officer

Sue Pilkington

Secretary & Girls Inc. Parent

Paul Portney


Luz Reyes-Martín

Board Member

Amy Richardson

Recreational Gymnastics Head Coach

Rosalinda Ruiz

Mentoring Program Coordinator

Kristen Weaver

Chief Strategy Officer / Communications