Antioch in Conversation Bios

We are honored to have these expert speakers as our panelists for our Antioch in Conversation discussion: Documenting the Face of Homelessness & Poverty in Santa Barbara.

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Margaret Lazarus

Margaret-LazarusAs the Executive Director of Cambridge Documentary Films, Margaret Lazarus is an award-winning independent documentary film producer, director, and life-long advocate for women’s issues, with particular emphasis on violence against women and children.

Her documentary film Defending Our Lives won the Academy Award® for Best Short Documentary Film. Throughout her career, she has combined political activism with documentary filmmaking and has lectured at colleges, universities and conferences throughout the United States.

Margaret has written syndicated editorials on film, media, and violence in society through the Scripps-Howard and Knight-Ridder services to over 30 major newspapers. She is the co-author of the chapters on violence against women in many editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves, as well as numerous articles in journals and magazines, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Geoff Green

GeoffGreenGeoff Green is the Executive Director of the Fund for Santa Barbara where he has served in various staff roles since 1997. He has served on numerous boards and advised hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies in multiple areas, including coalition-building, strategic planning, lobbying and advocacy, effective use of media, fundraising, and public speaking.

Geoff was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North in 2006. He also helped draft Santa Barbara County’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in 2006-2007, served on the Policy Committee of the California Association of Nonprofits (CAN) in 2010-2011, and was appointed as a Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara in September 2008, where he is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Commissioners. His community work also includes more than ten years of public affairs radio programming on KCSB. 

Alice O’Connor, PhD

Alice-OConnorAlice O’Connor is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Director of the UCSB Washington Center program in Washington, DC. She teaches and writes about poverty and wealth, social and urban policy, and inequality in the United States.

Among her publications are Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy, and the Poor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History (2001); Social Science for What? Philanthropy and the Social Question in a World Turned Rightside Up (2007), and the co-edited volumes Urban Inequality: Evidence from Four Cities (with Chris Tilly and Lawrence Bobo) and Poverty and Social Welfare in the United States: An Encyclopedia (with Gwendolyn Mink).

Before joining the UCSB faculty, she was a program officer at the Ford Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Her current research focuses on the changing politics and cultural meaning of wealth in the post-World War II United States, and the origins of the second Gilded Age. 

Paul Lynch (via filmed interview)

PJL-Headshot-casualFounder & CEO - A purveyor of stories that shape our world, an advocate for change, a lover of nature, and a family man is one way to sum him up.  Paul established Cage Free Productions in 2006 after years of frontline experience and research collected while working on development projects and producing/directing documentaries in some of the most intense “hot spots” in the world.  Presently, Paul works as a special advisor, educator, speaker, and CEO of Cage Free Enterprises, Inc., a certified B-Corp, engaged in projects both locally and globally to address the challenges of the 21st Century.