Meet the SBACT Team

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Rich Sander

Executive Director

Rich came to Santa Barbara to study at UCSB, where he graduated with a degree in religious studies. He pursued graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and decided to explore non-traditional models of community development.

As the Executive Director of SBACT, Rich is in charge of overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan, as well as fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. His deepest ambition is that he would learn to love, and love well.

Jeff Shaffer

Director of Initiatives

Jeff lives in Buellton with his wife Julia and three children – Kairos, Kennah, and Kalum. He has worked in Santa Barbara since 1992 and founded the Uffizi Mission Project under Christian Associates in 2005. Uffizi has since become the Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transformation, of which Jeff is currently the Director of Initiatives. Jeff is SBACT's "Research and Development" guy, working to find opportunities for new strategic collaborations around social issues in SB.


Landon Ranck

Administrative Manager

Landon is a Santa Barbara native who is thrilled to get to be involved in the betterment of his hometown through collaboration. He began work with SB ACT in 2012 with the Westside programs, and has since transitioned to become the Administrative Manager. In his current role, Landon runs the operations for SBACT's collaboratives and day-to-day functioning, including grantwriting, budgeting, volunteer coordination, and everything in-between.