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City of Santa CruzCandidate for City Council

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Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson

Nonprofit Strategic Manager
13,157 votes (12.98%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economic recovery to support local businesses, jobs, and public services.
  • Affordable housing for our workforce, seniors, and vulnerable persons.
  • Community wellbeing through partnerships for public health, sustainability, social equity.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Grant Writer, Strategic Plans, Leadership Capacity
Grant Writer and Nonprofit/Public Sector Consultant, Self-Employeed (2010–current)
Board Chair, Community Health Trust of the Pajaro Valley — Appointed position (2016–current)
Commissioner, Central California Alliance for Health — Appointed position (2016–current)

Education

San Jose State Master's, Social Work (2005)
University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor's, Psychology and French (2000)

Biography

 

Having immigrated from Iran as a child in 1985, my story and my family’s story includes experiences with gender, class, and religious injustices. My unique perspective will help ensure the decisions we make at City Council provide for everyone living in our community. I have had the fortune to call Santa Cruz my home for the last two decades. Here in Santa Cruz, I am a mom, an immigrant, a wife, a neighbor, a small business owner and a social change leader.  For the last 15 years, I have secured over $30 million dolars competitive grant funds to address public health and social issues in our communities including immigration rights, mental health and substance use, youth homelessness, and more. Today our City is facing a number of challenging issues that cannot be ignored. Whether it’s staying safe during a global pandemic; finding important ways to address racial inequality; economic recovery for our locally owned businesses; providing affordable housing or addressing homelessness in a sustainable manner, we stand at a crossroads unlike any time in our history. These events, while simultaneously threatening our well-being, provide never-before seen opportunities for breakthrough solutions. That’s why I’ve decided to run for Santa Cruz City Council and ask for your support.  Solving these important issues will require leaders with broad perspective and experience.  My life experiences as an immigrant and my career in social change have taught me the importance of community and service. While I don’t propose simple solutions to our city’s challenging problems, I know that I have the skills, pragmatic mind, and compassionate heart to contribute to our city. I will work to unite, activate and uplift our community so that we may build a future in which all Santa Cruz residents live with equity and dignity.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Democratic Women's Club of Santa Cruz County
  • Santa Cruz County Democratic Party
  • California Democratic Party

Organizations (8)

  • The Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC)-LGBT Political Action Committee
  • Santa Cruz City Firefighters, Local #1716
  • National Iranian American Council
  • Santa Cruz United
  • Santa Cruz Together
  • Locally Owned Business Alliance of Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Police Officer's Association
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte

Elected Officials (34)

  • Richelle Noroyan- Former Councilmember, City of Santa Cruz
  • Jim Reed- Councilmember, City of Scotts Valley
  • Donna Lind- Councilmember, City of Scotts Valley
  • Jack Dilles- Councilmember, City of Scotts Valley
  • Derek Timm, Vice Mayor, City of Scotts Valley
  • Kristen Petersen – Mayor, City of Capitola
  • Yvette Brooks – Vice Mayor, City of Capitola
  • Victor Gomez – Former Mayor, City of Hollister
  • Sheila Coonerty – Santa Cruz City Schools Board member, Vice President, Area 3
  • Deb Tracy-Proulx – Santa Cruz City Schools Board member, Vice President, Area 5
  • Don Croll – Pacific Elementary School Board Member
  • Renee Golder – Councilmember, City of Santa Cruz
  • Mike Rotkin – Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Cynthia Chase – Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • David Terrazas – Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Don Lane – Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Hillary Bryant – Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Pamela Comstock – Former Councilmember, City of Santa Cruz
  • Francisco Estrada – Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Watsonville
  • Jimmy Dutra – Former Vice Mayor, City of Watsonville
  • Cynthia Mathews – Councilmember and former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Donna Meyers – Vice Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Bruce McPherson – SC County Supervisor 5th District and Former Secretary of State
  • Fred Keeley – Former State Assembly Speaker Pro Tem
  • Ryan Coonerty – SC County Supervisor 3rd District and Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff
  • Leticia Mendoza – Cabrillo College Trustee Area 5
  • Christina Cuevas – Cabrillo College Board Trustee, Area 3
  • Adam Spickler – Cabrillo College Trustee Area 2
  • Michael Watkins – Former Superintendent, Santa Cruz County of Education
  • Faris Sabbah – Superintendent, Santa Cruz County of Education
  • Neal Coonerty – Former County Supervisor 3rd District and Former Mayor, City of Santa Cruz
  • Zach Friend – SC County Supervisor 2nd District
  • Mark Stone, CA Assemblymember District 29

Videos (5)

— September 22, 2020 Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson for Santa Cruz City Council 2020 Campaign team

The video describes Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson's views and approaches to building parnerhips and demostrates the importance of building partnerships. 

— October 12, 2020 Candidate's Campaign

This brief video describes Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson's approach and experience around problem solving. 

— October 12, 2020 Candidate Campaign

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson describes past educators who impacted her trajectory.

— October 12, 2020 Candidate Campaign

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson describes her immigrant story. 

— October 12, 2020 candidate's campaign

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson provides her understanding and experiences with inequities.

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