Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County
53th Annual Membership Meeting
Honoring Gwyn Lurie
Sunday December 10, 2023
2pm to 4pm
At the Santa Barbara Club
1105 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
RSVP Required by December 4th, Space is Limited.
RSVP HAS BEEN CLOSED.
A virtual viewing option will be made available.
Members in good stand may attend at no cost, Non-members ticket cost $40.
Amendments to the ByLaws are posted on the website Click here.
Board Officers: *Stand for installation
President: Suzanne Cohen*
1st Vice-President: Laura Capps
2nd Vice President: Claudette Roehrig*
Secretary: Meredith Murr*
Treasurer: JoAnne Meade Young*
Communication Officer: Amber Caldwell*
Continuing Board Member for election: Marsha Marcoe
Gwyn Lurie’s dynamic career spans journalism, film, community service, and philanthropy. She started as a journalist at ABC Network News in New York, later producing the award-winning documentary “Voices From the Attic” about her family’s Holocaust history. After reporting in Nicaragua, she transitioned into film, working at 20th Century Fox and Interscope Entertainment before becoming a successful screenwriter, with credits including “Nine Lives” and “The Music Never Stopped.”
In her community, Gwyn completed two terms as an elected member of the Montecito Union School Board, where she chaired for five years and played a pivotal role in selecting the district’s new superintendent, Anthony Ranii. Additionally, she chaired the SB County Child Safety Net Task Force and served as a founding Board Member of the Program for Resilient Communities, a public-private partnership created in the aftermath of the 1/9 debris flow. Further emphasizing her dedication to social causes, Gwyn co-chaired the Santa Barbara Human Rights Watch Committee.
Beyond her public service, Gwyn is an accomplished scholar with a BA from UCLA, where she was elected Student Body President, received a Truman Scholarship, and attended graduate school at Oxford University as a Newton Tatum Scholar, achieving recognition as a California Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
In 2019, Gwyn demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit by acquiring the Montecito Journal, where she currently serves as CEO and Executive Editor, and co-founding The Giving List publications, including the forthcoming “The Giving List Women,” dedicated to promoting intersectional feminist philanthropy. Gwyn Lurie’s diverse pursuits reflect a life committed to excellence, community, and meaningful change.
$1000 Gold, $500 Silver, $250 Bronze, $100 Friendship
Thank you to your sponsors!
Jill and Ron Dexter
Dr. Teri Jory & Dr. Seth Geiger
Claudette and James Roehrig
Merryl And Chuck Zegar
Celeste and Dvir Kafri
Sara Miller McCune
Susan Lichtenstein and John Rokacz
Michael and JoAnne Meade Young
Supervisor Laura Capps
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Suzanne and Michael Cohen
Assemblymember Gregg Hart
Supervisor Joan Hartmann
Senator Monique Limon
Leslie & Cliff Gilbert-Lurie
Dr. Olivia Loewy and Barry Schoer
Luz Reyes-Martin, Goleta City Councilmember
Wendy Sims-Moten, SBU Board Trustee
Kellen & Andrew Meyer
Goleta Mayor Paula Perotte
Peggy and Chris Polos
Jonathan Abboud, SBCC Trustee
Amber Caldwell, MSc
Stephanie Hammer and Larry Behrendt
Victoria Ben-Yaacov, GUSD Board Member
Rabbi Stephen Cohen
Jeanette Meyers Cohen
Margaret Connell, Former Goleta Mayor
Dr. Anna Everett, SBCC Trustee
Eric Friedman, SB City Councilmember
Lauren Hansen, Goleta Water District
Stuart Kasdin, Goleta City Councilmember
James Kyriaco, Goleta City Councilmember
Sheila Lodge, Former SB Mayor
Deborah Longstaff Lynch
Bill Rosen, Director Goleta Water District
Dr. Susan Salcido, SB County Superintendent of Schools
Molly Maureen Wetta
Mary Ellen Wylie