[read more]Veronica Sandoval has more than 21 years of experience working for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and currently serves as the Administrator for the Chumash Foundation. In her role as the Administrator, she is responsible for managing the tribe's philanthropic programs including administering grants, sponsorships, and in-kind donations to local nonprofit organizations, overseeing multi-year commitments, developing community partnerships, and overseeing the employee volunteer program - Team Chumash. Sandoval has a long history in the Santa Ynez Valley and descents from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Active in both her tribal community and the local community Sandoval was currently re-elected to the College School District Board of Trustees, a position she has held since 2011.
Sandoval also served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County from 2013 until 2015. In 2015 she stepped down when she was appointed to the Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force. As a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisor's appointee, Sandoval along with three other Task Force members were responsible for examining the Child Welfare System to ensure that it was performing at its highest level to serve Santa Barbara County foster youth. Sandoval is a former foster turned adoptive parent and rejoined the CASA board in November 2016 to continue the important work of advocating for Santa Barbara County's most vulnerable children.[/read]