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Meet our Board

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Marcos Aguilar, President

Marcos has served on the IVCSD Board of Directors since November 2020. Aguilar has called Isla Vista home since 2010 and graduated from UCSB in 2014 with degrees in English Literature and Philosophy. Aguilar is passionate about making Isla Vista a more sustainable and affordable community, for both college and permanent residents. 

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Carrie Topliffe, Vice President

Carrie lived in Isla Vista from 1975 to 1988 and graduated from UCSB with a degree in Economics in 1977. She worked for a number of local nonprofits and family-owned businesses before becoming employed by Santa Barbara County in 2000.  Until she retired from the County in 2018, Carrie served as a Division Chief in the Auditor-Controller’s Office, the Assistant Director of Behavioral Wellness, the Interim Public Health Director, and the Child Support Director.

Spencer Brandt

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Spencer was elected to represent Isla Vistans on the IVCSD Board of Directors in November 2016, and took office in March 2017. Brandt attended UC Santa Barbara from 2015-2019, studying History and History of Public Policy. Brandt is passionate about increasing the quality of public services in Isla Vista to create a healthier, safer, more affordable, and more equitable community.


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Olivia Craig

Olivia is a UCSB student pursuing degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She was elected on the IVCSD Board of DIrectors in 2022 and will serve for two years. She is passionate about equity, public safety, and sustainability. 

Kirsten Deshler

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Kirsten was born and raised in Santa Barbara and graduated from UCSB with a degree In Political Science. After working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for fifteen years, Kirsten moved back to Santa Barbara with her husband and three children. She continued her career working as the Public Information Officer for the City of Goleta and in 2010 was named as the Director of Governmental Relations at UC Santa Barbara.


Jay Freeman

A long-time resident of Isla Vista and celebrated businessman, Jay Freeman has been working to improve conditions for decades in Isla Vista. Freeman is the founder of Cydia, a marketplace app for jailbroken iPhones, and co-founder of the Isla Vista Business Association. Freeman is passionate about improving community policing and infrastructure in Isla Vista. 


NOTICE: On December 14, 2021 Director Ethan Bertrand resigned from the Board to join the Goleta Union School District Board of Directors. There is now a vacancy that will be filled by the IVCSD Board within 60 days of December 14, 2021.