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 in 1969. Abe graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1987 and attended Vassar College, graduating in 1993 with a BA in Philosophy. He worked at Skate One Corporation until 2000, when he founded Solforce, a solar energy company.
Since 1999, Abe served as President of Get Oil Out for 14 years, President of the Mountain Drive Community Association for 5 years, a Mountain Drive Brush 6 volunteer firefighter for 5 years. He is currently a Director of the Montecito Fire Protection District and Trustee at the Santa Barbara Middle School.
On January 28th, 2018 Abe and his wife Jessica Powell, PhD, created the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to coordinate a community response to the disastrous debris flow of January 9th. Since that time, over 3000 volunteers have shown up to help dig the community out and to get Montecito and Santa Barbara back on track after the Thomas Fire and Flood. Abe and Jessica live in Santa Barbara and have two children; Olivia – 15 and Leo- 11.