Meet New Youth Commissioner

The City is pleased to welcome Jessica Avila-Ruiz as our newest Youth Commissioner. She was recently appointed to the Public Engagement Commission and participated in her first meeting on October 18, 2023.

Currently a senior at Dos Pueblos High School, Jessica has been an active presence in the community. She has been a student representative for her class, served on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council for the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and is on the Varsity Cheer Team. Jessica is also dedicated to community work having volunteered at the Goleta Boys & Girls Club, Beautify Goleta, and Beautify DP, all in support of her passion to promote clean environments.  

As a Public Engagement Commissioner, Jessica hopes to help create a welcoming environment for all community members and encourage others to care for Goleta.

Jessica’s unique set of talents, interests, and experience will be a great addition to the Public Engagement Commission. We appreciate her willingness to take an active role and thank her for helping serve our community.

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