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Meet our Board

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Spencer Brandt, President

Spencer Brandt 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.

spencer.brandt@islavistacsd.com

 

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Catherine Flaherty, Vice President

Catherine Flaherty is a student at UCSB pursuing a major in Political Science, a minor in Professional Writing for Civic Engagement, and a certificate in Technology Management. She was elected in November 2020 and will serve for the next two years. Flaherty is passionate about women’s rights, public safety, and representation. 

catherine.flaherty@islavistacsd.com 

 

Marcos Aguilar

marcos.aguilar@islavistacsd.com 

 

Ethan Bertrand

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Ethan Bertrand, a student at UCSB studying Political Science, has served on the IVCSD Board of Directors since 2017. With previous roles as a member of the IVRPD Board of Directors, an Isla Vista community representative for the student government at SBCC, and Board President of the IVCSD, Bertrand is no stranger to public leadership positions. Bertrand is passionate about promoting community activism and equitable representation in Isla Vista.

ethan.bertrand@islavistacsd.com

                                                   

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Kirsten Deshler

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. 

Kirsten.Deshler@islavistacsd.com

 

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.

saurik+ivcsd@saurik.com

Carrie Topliffe

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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.