The Defenders

Practically Visionary

If there was a Six Degrees of Connection Game for Enlightened Entrepreneurs, Rinaldo S. Brutoco would win it handily, along with the distribution rights. Anyone who can quote Mother Teresa, Ralph Nader, and Deepak Chopra verbatim is a rarity, but the man who was there to hear it firsthand is a force to be reckoned with. Rinaldo S. Brutoco defies easy categorization. Even a casual perusing of his portfolio of accomplishments and titles can induce vertigo: corporate executive, successful entrepreneur, savvy philanthropist, acclaimed author, environmental warrior, accomplished lawyer, radio personality, climate change activist, futurist. Often lauded as a visionary, Brutoco [...more...]

Much More than Lights and Sirens Montecito Firefighters’ Charitable Foundation

Firefighters do a lot more than fight fires.  On any given day, Montecito Fire’s 33 active duty firefighters wake up […more…]

A Child’s Voice Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County

America’s child welfare court system is imbued with incredible power. Judges routinely make decisions that indelibly alter the course of […more…]

Guiding Survivors Out of the Woods RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

On the second day of her freshman year of college, Aspen Matis was raped.  When “mediation” with her attacker failed, […more…]

Fighting Hate for Good Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Santa Barbara/Tri-Counties

Dan Meisel was made for his current job running the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Santa Barbara-based Tri-Counties regional office.  Raised in […more…]

A Global Challenge Human Rights Watch

It has always been important to recognize that injustice and discrimination occurs in the United States and not only in […more…]