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Santa Barbara County's Commission for Women have four vacancies left in its 3rd and 4th districts

By Karen Garcia

The Santa Barbara County Commission for Women announced the recent appointments of two new commissioners, bringing the number of commissioners appointed by the county Board of Supervisors to 11.

There are four vacancies remaining, three in the 4th District and one in the 3rd, according to Eva Camarena executive assistant to the county’s Community Service Department. 

Camarena told the Sun that interested individuals submit their application for the commission and then undergo an interview process by their respective county supervisor.

“The commissioners do a lot for the community such as providing resources and guidance for small businesses as well as promoting the well-being of women in their district and throughout the county,” she said. 

The Commission for Women acts as an advisory group to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors that promotes the well-being, equity, and equal status of women. Commissioners collaborate with other agencies and commissions; facilitate, recognize, and recommend programs; gather and disseminate information; and conduct public meetings. 

Newly appointed commissioners include Stefanie Herrington, estate planning attorney and owner of the Montecito Law Group, for the 1st District; and Arcelia Sencion, associate director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault, for the 3rd District. Sencion is also one of the founding members of the Santa Ynez Valley-focused INCLUSION SYV and Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL SYV) and the Santa Barbara Latino Giving Circle. She also serves as a liaison to the Latino Community Foundation’s Latino Giving Circle Network.  

In a press release, Sencion said she’s excited to bring the community’s youth “into the fold as they have bold ideas and energy to continue to move us forward.”

“I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow colleagues on the commission to rethink structures and policies to support working parents both inside and outside of the home,” she said. 

In an effort to connect with the community and understand its concerns, Camarena said the commission held a virtual town hall meeting with plans to schedule more. The first, “Women: Work and Family in the Time of COVID-19,” aimed to provide information, resources, and a platform for attendees to share the issues and challenges women are facing during the pandemic.

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