Jessica Alvarez-Parfrey, or just Jess for short, is a 29 year old Isla Vista resident and alumna of the UCSB Environmental Studies program. As a true civic engager, she is the President of the Isla Vista Community Development Corporation, or IVCDC, and an avid activist in the Santa Barbara area. During her time as a student, she co-founded Eco Vista, a grassroots organization seeking to transform IV into a just and sustainable community for all residents. More recently, she disrupted the electoral race for 3rd District Supervisor by running against incumbent Joan Hartmann and challenger Bruce Porter.
By Jessica Alvarez-Parfrey, Transition US
Community Resilience in the face of disaster… What does it mean to care for your community in unprecedented times, and how do you successfully navigate a rapidly shifting landscape of needs, opportunities, and challenges?