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Our Mission

The Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade was created to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and community crises through volunteer training, coordination and deployment.

Thomas Cole

Co-Founder, Vice President

Thomas has spent the last 25 years in sustainable agriculture, livelihoods, community development, and humanitarian response work in both the U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa. His focal areas are in food-production…

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Patricia Swenson


Patricia Swenson has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, specializing in Consumer Banking and Mortgage Finance.  Patricia began her career in 1986 at Mellon Bank, a regional…

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Josiah Hamilton

Co-Founder, Board Member

Josiah Hamilton has a long line of real estate in his Family. His Great Great Grandfather Hezekiah Chase came to Santa Barbara in 1900 and was the first President of…

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Caroline Harrah


Caroline Harrah still recalls "that" day in elementary school many decades ago when she eagerly volunteered to organize the school bake sale/fundraiser. She’s been “raising her hand” ever since: helping…

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Abe Powell

Co-Founder, Executive Director

John Abraham Powell was born in Stanford, California and raised in Santa Barbara.  His first name is John, but his parents called him “Abie-Baby” and so did everyone else back…

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Jessica Powell

Co-Founder, Secretary

Jessica Powell received her B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College, her M.A. in Latin-American Studies from Stanford University, and completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, at…

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Scott Rouleau

Board Member

Scott Rouleau is co-owner and co-founder of Rouleau Communications, a PR firm specializing in the promotion of luxury products and niche companies. Scott has built a reputation as dedicated, tenacious, and…

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Ann Burgard

Board Member

Ann Burgard was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she began working in film and television production as an independent set builder but most notably as assistant to Mark…

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Geoff Green

Board Member

Geoff Green is the Chief Executive Officer of the SBCC Foundation, where he has served since 2015 and has led the effort to establish theSBCC Promise. A native of the…

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