Local business leaders gathered at Glen Annie Golf Club the last week of February to hear from Goleta’s newest City Councilmember, James Kyriaco, and Second District Supervisor, Gregg Hart. The Meet New Leaders Issue and Policy Roundtable was put on by the Goleta Chamber of Commerce and is an annual event to highlight newly elected officials and other prominent civic leadership positions.  The event was lead by Goleta Chamber Board Member Trevor Large, who is an attorney at Buynak Fauver Archbald Spray.

James Kyriaco is Goleta’s newest City Councilmember, he began his four-year term in December. Kyriaco started his career working in local politics, managing and assisting with local election campaigns. Following this he also worked in Goleta’s nonprofit community, serving as the first executive director of the Goleta Valley Historical Society, which manages Rancho La Patera and Stow House.

Kyriaco was a founding member of the City of Goleta Public Engagement Commission, and is a former member of the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee. He is also a former board member of the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons and the Santa Barbara Family Care Center.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Kyriaco graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Antioch University of Santa Barbara, and earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Kyriaco and his wife Angie have lived in Goleta since 2010.

Gregg Hart took office as the Second District Supervisor for Santa Barbara County in December.  He grew up in Santa Barbara attending local schools and graduated from SBCC and UCSB. His professional career began as legislative assistant for State Assemblyman Jack O’Connell. From there, he went on to serve as the original manager of the Santa Barbara County Association of Government’s (SBCAG) Traffic Solutions program, promoting local green and sustainable transportation options to employers. For twenty years he owned and operated Transitions Preschool, a local small family business.

Most recently, Hart served as a Santa Barbara City Councilmember, and as the Deputy Executive Director for SBCAG, supporting regional efforts to widen the 101 freeway and improve bus and passenger rail service. He is proud to have served our community over many years – as a City Council Member, Planning Commissioner, California Coastal Commissioner, as a member of numerous boards and commissions, and now as the Second District County Supervisor.