About Us

Picking up where the earlier chapter of the Gray Panthers left off, we are announcing the formation of a new Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network.

The Gray Panthers Santa Barbara Network is a countywide volunteer, intergenerational, social and economic justice organization formed to oppose discrimination against, and oppression of, persons because of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality, class, and physical and/or mental challenges.

We intend to work independently, or in coalition with other movements or organizations, to achieve social and economic justice, a clean sustainable environment, quality health care, and decent affordable housing.

The Gray Panthers will provide educational programs of interest to older adults and those who share similar concerns. The Gray Panthers will advocate to change or enhance public policies on the local, state and national level to further the general welfare of people of all ages.

MEDIA CONTACT: GAIL MARSHALL – camp.marshall@gmail.com; (805) 895-2566

We are formed as a California public-benefit nonprofit corporation. Our leadership consists of a board of directors which, for now, meets every other week. We are a membership organization and member meetings will be held several times a year with our annual membership meeting in January.

Board of Directors

Richard Solomon, Chair

Retired law school professor; arbitrator and hearing officer; served on the boards of our local ACLU chapter, Planned Parenthood Action Fund (which he chaired for two years), and of the SB County Immigrant Legal Defense Center (which he and other activists started after 45’s election).

Has lived in Santa Barbara, off and on, since 1967, and is married to Jana Zimmer.

Justice, justice shall you pursue.

Gail Marshall, Recording Secretary

Gail, a retired small business owner, has spent most of her adult life as an activist doing collaborative problem solving to attain lasting decisions.

She served eight years on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors where she promoted land conservation and agricultural preservation, brought government to the people, and initiated a Countywide process to solve our long-term solid waste issues.

Additionally, she was co-founder of the Santa Ynez Valley Alliance and the Women’s Literary Festival.

Jan Keller, Membership Secretary

Originally from Los Angeles, Jan has lived in SB County for over 50 years.

She has been an active member of community political, environmental, service, and charitable organizations.  Jan was a member of the Lompoc Planning Commission for six years and the Lompoc City Council for eight years.

She is a retired Public Defender, Legal Aid Attorney, and campaign consultant.

David Landecker, Treasurer

David Landecker has been an activist in Santa Barbara since 1976, working for innumerable political campaigns and nonprofits, serving on boards and holding public office. 

He is an attorney, owned and operated a local manufacturing company, and has served as the Executive Director of several nonprofit organizations including the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics and the Environmental Defense Center.

Richard Appelbaum

Richard Appelbaum, a Santa Barbara resident and activist since 1971, recently retired from UCSB, where he held the MacArthur Foundation Chair in Sociology and Global Studies – the latter a department he cofounded.

He is professor at Fielding Graduate University, where he heads a doctoral concentration focused on social and ecological sustainability. He is currently working with local organizations on homeless issues in Santa Barbara.

Jo Black

Jo (Josephine) Black has spent the past 40 years in sign language interpreting and disability services.

Retiring after 25 years as the executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center, she now volunteers as a foster home for cats and kittens for ASAP.

Marty Blum

Marty Blum is a former attorney and third grade teacher who served as Santa Barbara City Mayor, Council Member, Planning Commissioner, and Trustee for SBCC, each for two terms.

Her husband of almost 60 years retired as a physician for the VA Clinic in Santa Barbara.

Carol Keator

Carol Keator has lived in Santa Barbara since 1972 and is the former director of the Santa Barbara Public Library System. 

She is a passionate advocate for feminism, social justice  intellectual freedom and equality for all.

David Lebell

David Lebell is a recently retired emergency physician, having worked in ERs for over 30 years. He continues his non-clinical interests focused primarily on medical quality (he has served as Medical Director for Quality at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura) and the mismatch between what modern medicine can offer and what would actually be most beneficial.

His wife Vicky Blum has kept him connected to local Santa Barbara issues and politics for several decades.

Susan Rose

Susan Rose is a feminist, political activist and commentator. She served two 4-year terms on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors during which she led efforts to initiate the Safe Parking Program for homeless individuals and families, and to preserve over 200 hundred acres  located in the San Marcos Foothills in perpetuity.

Janet Wolf

Janet Wolf was a teacher and a vocational rehabilitation consultant helping disabled individuals return to gainful employment.   Janet served for 11 years on the Goleta School Board and 12 years on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

Janet’s passion is helping the underserved, advocating for feminist issues, and fighting for environmental protection.

Janet is married to Harvey and they have 5 grandchildren.