Partners in Education welcomes new leadership and new board members

July 1 marked new additions and new roles for Partners in Education (Partners) board of directors, including Dr. Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, taking the helm as board president. Longtime board member and founder of D.D. Ford Construction, Doug Ford, will serve as the board’s vice president.

Salcido attended UCSB, where she majored in English and later earned her master’s degree in education. She began teaching at Dos Pueblos High School and subsequently served as assistant principal of San Marcos High School and principal of Santa Barbara Junior High School, before joining the Santa Barbara County Education Office. She completed the USC doctoral program at the Rossier School of Education, where she focused on organizational change, leadership, and student equity. Dr. Salcido joined the Partners’ board in 2017 and said, “Partners in Education is a vital part of our community providing volunteers and career readiness training for our youth. I am honored to serve as this year’s board president as we continue to guide the programs and services Partners offers in Santa Barbara County.”

Ford majored in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in Fine Woodworking at California State Long Beach University before starting one of Santa Barbara’s premier construction companies. He began participating in Partners’ Career Days nearly 10 years ago and is the Vice President of the TRADART Foundation, which is committed to job preparation programs for youth and the advancement of craftmanship training. His company has been a supporter of Partners’ Paid Student Internship Program, having hired multiple high school interns since 2011.

Jesus Terrazas is a brand new member of the board and an alum of Partners’ Internship Program. His internship took place at D.D. Ford Construction where he was mentored by now fellow board member, Doug Ford. Terrazas and his family also received a computer through Partners in Education’s Computer for Families program nearly 15 years ago. He says, “Partners in Education is a wonderful organization that offers incredible support and opportunities to local students and their families. Being a recipient of its programs’ benefits, I am now thrilled to be involved as a member of the board.” Terrazas is currently a manager at Merryl Brown Events and possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from UCSB.

Also new to the board, Dr. Jeffrey Milem is dean and professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School of Education. In addition to his leadership in higher education, Milem has had a noted research career in the field of racial dynamics in higher education, helping colleges and universities enhance equity, access, and success for all students. Partners has a long-standing relationship with UCSB, and under Milem’s leadership, thousands of students and faculty members have volunteered in school and afterschool programs over the years. Many education students gain their required field experience through Partners while also benefitting their community.

Partners proudly welcomes its new board members, and thanks Susan Salcido and Doug Ford for their leadership roles.

Each year, Partners in Education coordinates thousands of volunteers—mostly professionals from local businesses—to participate in guest speaking, career days, mock job interviews, resume coaching, and even classroom or afterschool tutoring. Partners fulfills needs in K-12 schools and youth programs through the coordination of volunteer and business resources. The organization was formed by local business and education leaders in 1977, and is administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Thanks to the power of partnerships, more than 276,000 volunteer hours have been utilized at K-12 campuses and youth-serving nonprofits across Santa Barbara County, more than 12,300 computers have been delivered to families in need, and 660 plus high school students have received paid job readiness training and internship experience in the workplace. For more information, visit: