About Joe

Joe Armendariz
Director, Business Development, Government Relations, and Public Affairs 

Joe is a respected business, government and political leader in Santa Barbara County and has been active on these fronts since 1994.

He has been recognized for his leadership and community involvement by several
local media outlets including the Pacific Coast Business Times which listed him as “one of the 50 most influential business leaders in the Tri-Counties”. Latino Today Newspaper named Joe “one of the 50 most influential Latinos on the Central Coast”,  and the Santa Barbara Newspress listed him as “1 of 50 people in Santa Barbara with pull”.

In addition to his professional roles, Joe is a former member of the Carpinteria City Council,
and former Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG),
and represented the 8 cities in Santa Barbara County on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) from 2007-2011. Joe is also the immediate past chair of the Santa Barbara County Economic Vitality Committee and the Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. In 2004 Joe helped found the Santa

Barbara County Broadband Task Force, an ad-hoc citizen group established to provide telecommunications, and municipal broadband policy recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors.

Joe is fully engaged in local public policy advocacy and has testified before the County Board of Supervisors, the State Lands Commission, the California Coastal Commission, and the Federal Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS).

Joe is also a popular speaker on the local speakers circuit where he delivers talks to local organizations throughout the Central Coast, and Southern California on a variety of topics including the state budget, domestic oil and gas development, emerging trends in high technology, as well as fiscal issues, and land use policy.

Joe’s public policies, and government reform proposals have been adopted by various local government agencies including the establishment of a citizen oversight committees for local sales tax measures, a blue-ribbon task force on the county budget, and most recently a special task force on the county’s employee retirement system.

Joe also serves on various boards and committees. He is the current Chairman of Zona Seca, a past director of the Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (COLAB), and the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce. Joe also recently served on the Santa Barbara County Education Office’s special fund-raising team for “Computers for Families”.

Joe’s commentaries on energy, economics, fiscal policy, health care, and government regulation appear regularly on a variety of internet sites including Fox and Hounds, and Noozhawk.

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