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Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson for Santa Cruz City Council District 3




As a Santa Cruz City Councilmember, Shebreh is a leading voice for today’s most pressing needs:


  • public safety

  • homelessness and housing

  • children, youth and families

  • economic vitality and recovery

  • environmental stewardship

  • health and public health


Shebreh currently serves on the following: Chair of the County Metro Board, Regional Transportation Commission, West Cliff Restoration AdHoc Committee, Housing Element Subcommittee, Community Action Board Inc., Youth Action Network, Sugar Sweetened Beverage Subcommittee, Health in All Policies Committee, Community Programs Committee, and the Outdoor Dining Subcommittee.



With expertise in public health, education, and social services, Shebreh has brought over $40 million over the last 17 years to support essential services in the greater Santa Cruz area. 


Shebreh also cofounded Impact Launch, a national social enterprise that supports public and private entities to work more effectively for equitable and sustainable outcomes. 


Shebreh provides grant writing, policy consultation, strategic planning, and project management to nonprofits and county departments on a variety of issues including juvenile justice, youth homelessness,  substance use prevention, childcare, and immigration rights. As a private citizen, she serves on the Central California Alliance for Health Commission, Dignity Health Grants Committee, and recently concluded service to the Community Health Trust of the Pajaro Valley.


Shebreh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and French from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. She is fluent in Farsi and French.


Shebreh has been a resident in Santa Cruz for over twenty years. She lives with her husband, Brian, sons Darioush and Shyon, and their furry loves, Rocky and Snoodles. 

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