Alice O’Connor is a Professor of History and Public Policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also directs the UCSB Blum Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy. She teaches and writes about wealth and poverty, social and urban policy, the politics of knowledge, and the history of organized philanthropy in the United States. Since moving to Santa Barbara in 1996, Alice has been involved with a number of Fund-supported and allied progressive causes, most memorably the living wage campaigns of the late 1990s and early 2000s, and, more recently, the broadly participatory deliberations and community-based organizing that brought self-governance to Isla Vista in 2016. A long-time supporter and a Fund Board member since 2014, she has been proud to take part in the Fund’s distinctive, grassroots approach to grantmaking, and especially proud to work side by side with the growing numbers of students who come to the Fund from throughout the County, to put ideas into action on the front lines of progressive social change.
/ / / Alice O’Connor, Board Member