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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Pat McElroy

Board Member
Pat McElroy

Pat McElroy spent 37 years with the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, the final five years he served as Fire Chief. He was the leader of the City Fire Political Action Committee for 20 years and served as the President of the Santa Barbara County Fire Chiefs Association. He also served as Liaison Officer for a United State Forest Service Type 1 Incident Management Team for ten years. In 2016 he was named a Santa Barbara Local Hero for his efforts in reforming California’s 911 Cellphone service. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of The Partnership for Resilient Communities which was formed after the 2018 Debris Flows in Santa Barbara County. 
He received his B.A. in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.
He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Bonnie Kerwin, a longtime Early Childhood Educator, who is currently Assistant Director of Starr-King Parent Child Workshop. They have three adult children.

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