Trustee Forum Bios

We are honored to have these expert speakers as our panelists for our Antioch University Santa Barbara Trustee Forum: The Future of California: Immigration & Education

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Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

Marcelo Suárez-OrozcoDr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco was educated in public schools in Argentina and at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his A.B. (psychology), M.A. (anthropology) and Ph.D. (anthropology). In 2004 he was elected to the National Academy of Education; in 2006 he was awarded The Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico’s highest honor to a foreign national; and in 2012 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the City of the Hague on Education, Peace, and Justice. Professor Suárez-Orozco’s research is regularly featured in the global media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, U.S News and World Report, The Huffington Post, The Economist, NPR, CNN and MSNBC, as well as in overseas outlets.

U.S. Representative
Lois Capps

Lois CappsCongresswoman Lois Capps has been a resident of Santa Barbara, California since 1963 and represents the state’s beautiful Central Coast, which includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. She was sworn in as a Member of the 105th Congress on March 17, 1998, succeeding her late husband, former University of California, Santa Barbara professor, Congressman Walter H. Capps.

Congresswoman Capps is committed to helping people improve their daily lives through better schools, quality health care, and a cleaner environment. She is a respected and effective leader in Congress, especially on issues related to public health. Mrs. Capps has successfully spearheaded and passed legislation specifically to: address the national nursing shortage, detect and prevent domestic violence against women, curb underage drinking, improve mental health services, provide emergency defibrillators to local communities, bring CPR instruction to schools, and improve Medicare coverage for patients suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Mrs. Capps has also been at the forefront of efforts to protect the environment. She has led efforts to prevent new oil and gas drilling off our coast and on the public’s lands and protect consumers from shouldering the financial burden of cleaning up water pollution in their water supplies. She serves on the powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as sitting on the Health, Energy & Power, and Environment & the Economy subcommittees. From these posts, Capps focuses on Medicare reform, the nursing shortage, cancer, mental health, energy policy, and the protection of our air and water.

Mrs. Capps’ extensive healthcare background informs her work in Congress; she founded and serves as the co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus. She also serves as co-chair of the Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition, the House Cancer Caucus, the Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus, and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. Mrs. Capps is also honorary Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus.

During her 20-year tenure as a nurse and public health advocate for the Santa Barbara School District, thousands of Santa Barbara’s children and families benefited from Capps’ personal care and leadership. Mrs. Capps founded and served as the director of Santa Barbara County’s Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting Project and the Parent and Child Enrichment Center. There she gave countless young parents the support and encouragement to stay in school while providing them with critical child development skills to ensure their children grow up in healthy, loving environments. Capps also taught for 10 years as a part-time instructor of Early Childhood Education at Santa Barbara City College.

Mrs. Capps graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a B.S. in Nursing with honors and worked as a nursing instructor in Portland, Oregon. Capps also earned an M.A. in Religion from Yale University while working as Head Nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital. She also earned an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has received honorary doctorates from Pacific Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Maricela Morales

Maricela MoralesMaricela Morales has been a founding staff member of the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) since its inception in 2001 and is presently its Deputy Executive Director. This Ventura County-based non-profit organization serves the six-county central coast region through Santa Cruz County, with the mission to build grassroots power for social, economic and environmental justice through policy research, leadership development, community organizing, coalition building and advocacy. Her project areas have included: living wage ordinances; health coverage expansion for the uninsured children and farmworkers; women’s economic justice, environmental justice (e.g. Stop LNG, Halaco Superfund site, central coast water quality and pesticide reform), race and gender equity in the green economy; the Triple Bottom Line Business Network, state redistricting in 2010-11, and currently comprehensive immigration reform.

In response to the lack of diverse race/ethnic and gender public representation amongst elected officials as well as advocacy for economic, environmental and social justice, Maricela ran for office at age 31 and was the first Latina elected to the Port Hueneme City Council where she served as Mayor in 2007.

Ms. Morales is immediate past Co-Chair of the Roots of Change Stewardship Council working for a sustainable food system for California; current Chair of Future Leaders of America and board member of Communities for a New California and Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project. She is an alum and Past-Chair of the Ventura County Leadership Academy and was a member of the Washington DC based Institute for Women’s Policy Research workgroup on Women’s Public Vision for Politics, Religion and Civil Society and the Center for American Progress & Policy Link’s report on the nation’s changing demographics by 2050.  As Mayor and Council Member, she served on the Ventura Council of Governments, Ventura County Transportation Commission, Gold Coast Transit Agency, City of Port Hueneme Water Agency, Community Commission of Ventura County, and the Ventura County First 5 Commission.

Ms. Morales’ commitment to work for justice on issues of local, state and national concern has been recognized by the California Association of Leadership Programs, Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40, National Women’s Political Caucus of Ventura County, Soroptomist International of Oxnard, American Red Cross of Ventura County and in 2012, Assembly District 41 Woman of the Year.

Grateful to her immigrant parents from Mexico, Ms. Morales was raised in Ventura County from the age of four, attending City of Fillmore public schools and graduating Salutatorian of her graduating high school class. She earned her BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and MA in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, writing her thesis on social oppression, collective power and liberation.

Lou Cannon

Lou CannonTrustee Forum Moderator Lou Cannon is an award-winning journalist and historian.  He attended the University of Nevada in Reno and San Francisco State College.  He worked for The Washington Post as a White House correspondent, columnist, and the Los Angeles bureau chief.  During the Reagan presidency, Cannon was the senior White House correspondent and produced a weekly syndicated column.  He was honored by the American Political Science Association in 1969 for “distinguished reporting of public affairs.”  In 1984 he received the White House Correspondents Association’s coveted Aldo Beckman Award for overall excellence in presidential coverage.  He was a contributing editor and CEO of the acclaimed California journal (1970 to 2005).  In 1986, Cannon won the Merriman Smith award for excellence in presidential news coverage and in 1988 won the first Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished reporting on the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan presidencies.

In 1995 Cannon was appointed Raznick Distinguished Lecturer in the history department of the University of California at Santa Barbara.  In 1996 he was Freedom Forum Journalist in Residence at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.  Cannon has written five books about Reagan including the critically acclaimed President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, Reagan’s Disciple.  With his son, Carl M. Cannon, he recently authored George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy.  Cannon lectures on the presidency, the media, California politics, and police issues.  He has written for Smithsonian Magazine and the National Review and contributed countless op-ed pieces to The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and other publications.  He also writes a monthly column, “Cannon Perspective,” for the on-line State Net Capitol Journal.  Earlier this year he contributed to The New York Times online blog on President Barack Obama’s first 100 days. Cannon and his wife, Mary, live in Summerland, near Santa Barbara, California.