Janet was born and raised in Playa del Rey, a small beachside community in Los Angeles. She met her husband, Harvey, in junior high school and they both went on to attend the same high school and UCSB. She received a BS degree from UCSB, a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology, and a teaching credential from UCLA. After completing her studies at UCLA, Harvey and Janet married in 1977 and moved to San Francisco where Harvey attended law school. Janet taught PE and English at a junior high school in Pacifica and in 1981, after their first daughter Jessica was a year old, they moved back to Santa Barbara. They immediately joined CBB and have called CBB their spiritual and social home ever since. Harvey served on the CBB Board for many years and their daughters Jessica, Stephanie, and Kimberly participated in CBB education programs from BHY preschool through Confirmation.
Janet worked as a vocational rehabilitation consultant with a Los Angeles based company for three years and in 1987, she opened her own rehabilitation consulting business with offices in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. She continued to work in this rewarding field for over 20 years.
Janet’s career in public service began in 1993 when she was elected to the Goleta School Board where she served for twelve years. In 2006, she was elected to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She retired from the Board of Supervisors in January 2019.
Janet and Harvey have been married for 45 years and are blessed with a beautiful family. Jessica, Howard and their children Micah, Avi, and Sophie live in Agoura Hills; Stephanie, Blake and their daughter, Talya, live in Seattle; and Kimberly, Bjorn and their daughter, Frida, live in Oslo, Norway. Janet’s family brings her an abundance of love, joy and happiness.
As a retiree, Janet plays pickleball, cooks traditional Sephardic Greek food, takes walks with longtime friends, travels, and continues to be involved in all things political.
She is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CBB board as Executive Vice President and looks forward to giving back to the CBB community.