Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is pleased to announced that Annabel Padilla is the organization’s new Assistant Director of Programs. Annabel has been a staff member with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara since 2001. She joined the staff team while studying at the University of California Santa Barbara where she completed her BA in History with a focus in Chicano Studies. She began as a facilitator focusing on science, math, and art. She fell in love with the mission and the work she was doing with girls.
Most recently, Annabel served as Assistant Center Director at the Santa Barbara Center. Prior to that role, Annabel has also served Girls Inc. in a variety of capacities, including: the Teen Center Case Worker and Mentoring Program Coordinator; Project Learn Facilitator; Fun in the Sun Assistant Coordinator; A-OK Program Facilitator; Counseling Center Translator; and Kinderfun Facilitator.
In her new role as Assistant Director of Programs Annabel will be working closely with Kristina Webster, Director of Programs, helping to support the center and program directors, assist with training staff, as well as developing and maintaining positive relationships with the girls, families, and partners throughout the community.
When she isn’t at Girls Inc., Annabel enjoys hiking, riding her bike, camping, reading, and spending time with her dog, Ginger.