Eric Cárdenas is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of LOACOM, a movement-based marketing agency in Santa Barbara, CA with a mission to cultivate, connect, and activate ecosystems of change-makers to build vibrant communities and nurture a thriving planet.
Eric has a breadth of experience in marketing, community organizing, facilitation, policy development/design, and event management/production, and has worked at the Board/Staff/Advisory level with the Ag Innovations Network, Johnson Ohana Foundation, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Roots of Change, and others.
Prior to LOACOM, Eric spent nine years at the Environmental Defense Center, managing the Central Coast Environmental Health Project and working directly with farmers, farmworkers, community members, and policymakers to address community based pesticide risks. He went on to serve as the Agricultural Infrastructure Manager for the s’Cool Food Initiative at The Orfalea Foundations for two years before transitioning to the for-profit sector.
Eric values family, music, the outdoors, a progressive business mindset, and community based social change. He spends his free time with his wife, Michelle, and their 18-month child, Río Alexander Cardenas, as they navigate parenthood in an ever-changing world.