James Kyriaco

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 2019 James Kyriaco

James Kyriaco is Goleta’s newest City Councilmember, having been elected to his first term in November of 2018. He began his four-year term in December. 

Meetings are available with Councilmember Kyriaco upon request.  Please click here to contact him.

Councilmember Kyriaco serves as the City’s representative to the following organizations:

  • Community Action Commission Board
  • Santa Barbara Airport Commission
  • South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety

He is the alternate for:

  • Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment Board (BEACON)
  • Regional Integrated Waste Management Reporting Authority
  • South Coast Affordable Housing Task Force

Councilmember Kyriaco also sits on the following committees:

  • Economic Development and Revitalization Standing Committee
  • Fire Station Development Ad Hoc Committee 
  • Naming Standing Committee
  • Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Standing Committee
  • Santa Barbara Airport Support Property Development Review Committee

Kyriaco started his career working in local politics, managing and assisting the election campaigns for a number of respected local elected officials who represented Goleta. Following this he also worked in Goleta’s nonprofit community, serving as the first executive director of the Goleta Valley Historical Society, which manages Rancho La Patera and Stow House. His accomplishments there included working to open the new History Education Center and raising needed funds for restoration of the historic gardens, trees and pathways.

Kyriaco was a founding member of the City of Goleta Public Engagement Commission, and is a former member of the Santa Barbara County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee. He is also a former board member of the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Citizens Planning Association of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons and the Santa Barbara Family Care Center, where he served as both President and Vice President of the Board of Directors.

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Kyriaco graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Antioch University of Santa Barbara, and earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. Kyriaco and his wife Angie have lived in Goleta since 2010.