Board of Directors & Advisory Board
Judy Pirkowitsch, President
Judy, CRPC®, CDFA™ came to Santa Barbara over 36 years ago to complete her Math degree at UCSB. She utilizes her analytical skills as an Investment Advisor and Business Financial Advisor, with 23 years of experience with Ameriprise Financial. Judy enjoys being actively involved in the community, and is an avid bicyclist.
Dave Davis, Vice- President
Leading Environmental Activist
Dave has been deeply involved in environmental matters for over 45 years dating back to his student days at UCSB during the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Dave has served as Board President and CEO of the Community Environmental Council, managed community development and city planning for the City of Santa Barbara and taught environmental studies at UCLA and Moorpark College. Dave currently serves on many civic and non-profit boards which focus on transit, air quality, water and climate change. Dave received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Diane Wondolowski, Treasurer
COO and CFO, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Diane Wondolowski is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. After beginning her career as a CPA, Mrs. Wondolowski went on to serve as Director of Finance with the Museum of Natural History before moving to become CFO for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and then returning to the Museum of Natural History. She co-founded the Not-for-Profit Networking breakfast, facilitated the Santa Barbara Nonprofit Financial Manager’s roundtable, and presents on nonprofit financial topics in addition to actively serving on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations.
Lee Heller, Secretary
Lee first joined the Board of EDC in 2011, after having served on the Boards of Get Oil Out! and SB CAN. She holds a Ph.D. in literature, and is a graduate of the Santa Barbara College of Law. She is a long time animal welfare advocate and activist on behalf of environmental protection. In 2016, she was named both a Cox Conserves Hero and a Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent.
David Andreasen, At Large Member of Executive Committee
David is a lifelong Santa Barbara County resident who has spent more than his share of time on its many beautiful beaches. His previous nonprofit experience includes work with organizations providing free legal services to college students and undocumented immigrants, as well as serving on the board of Pacific Pride Foundation. His law practice specializes in representing defendants throughout California who are appealing their criminal convictions.
CEO, Next Energy Technologies, Inc.
Daniel is co-founder and CEO of Next Energy Technologies, Inc., a developer of printable, transparent solar coatings. Daniel has spent his career at the intersection of energy and the environment including as Managing Director of Innovo Energy Solutions Group and as Executive Director of Energy Independence Now. Daniel has also worked on energy efficiency and conservation in the commercial real estate sector, for a Los Angeles charitable foundation, and with the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture. He holds a B.A. from U.C. Santa Cruz in Environmental Studies and Economics and an M.A. in International Development Policy from Stanford University. Daniel serves on the Boards of the EDC, Seventh Generation Advisors, and the UCLA Law Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Richard, appointed to the Board in September, 2012, has been a community activist for all of his 30+ years in Ventura. Richard co-founded and authored the SOAR initiatives which protect agriculture and open-space, putting him at the forefront of environmental protection issues throughout the county. As the former Mayor of Ventura, and the owner/director of his own multi-attorney law firm, he brings a unique skill set to the Board. Richard enjoys being with his wife, Nancy, a Planning Commissioner for the City of Ventura, traveling and being “empty nesters,” having raised their twins Hannah and Dillon, each currently attending different UC campuses.
Vijaya comes to EDC with a wealth of environmental experience as a planner and as both an air quality and energy specialist. She has served on nonprofit boards and committees for more than a dozen local organizations over the last two decades in Santa Barbara. In addition to EDC’s board, she currently serves on the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara board and is a docent at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
Executive Director, MERITO Foundation
Rocío is the Executive Director of the Ventura County based nonprofit MERITO Foundation which provides programs that build ocean and environmental stewardship, help increase understanding of oceanrelated threats, and motivate culturally diverse students to pursue careers in ocean science or resource protection. Rocio founded the organization after almost a decade with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary where she drew upon her experience as an Oceanographer, doing work for various marine conservation organizations, and as a business owner in Mexico.
Founder, Owner of Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals
Leanne has led Santa Ynez Vacation Rentals since she founded it in 2006. A recent “40 under 40” award recipient from the Pacific Coast Business Times, Leanne graduated cum laude from UCSB with a degree in Law and Society. Beyond EDC, Leanne serves on the board of MOXI, the Granada Theater, and on the President’s Council for the Community Environmental Council
Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law
Jim is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the Environment School at UCSB and the UCLA Law School. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he has written more than eight books and eighty articles. He frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on environmental policy on every continent except Antarctica. Active in policy debates, he serves on EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and on the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee. He has been a visiting law professor at Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale as well as at five foreign universities.
Intellectual Property Counsel, Patagonia
Rob is Intellectual Property Counsel / Director of Brand Protection at Patagonia where he is responsible for Patagonia’s intellectual property portfolio, litigation, and legal support for marketing and advocacy. He is a member of Patagonia’s Grants Council and advises the company on its environmental advocacy programs. Prior to joining Patagonia he was a litigation partner in a San Francisco law firm. He and his family moved to Santa Barbara in 2014.
Ms. Venskus’ is the principle of Venskus & Association APC, a litigation practice in Los Angeles and Ventura counties which includes environmental and natural resources, land use and zoning, housing rights, historic and archeological resources preservation, energy regulation, and open government law. Ms. Venskus graduated with honors from UCLA and received her law degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, earning a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.
Michael Behrman, M.D.
Pauline Abbe, In Memoriam
Harriet Miller, In Memoriam
Selma Rubin, In Memoriam
Herman Warsh, In Memoriam