Staff Report

The County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women is pleased to announce the recent appointments of Stefanie Herrington to Supervisory District 1 and Arcelia Sención to Supervisory District 3. This brings the number of commissioners appointed by the Board of Supervisors to 11 with four vacancies remaining in District 3 and District 4.  

Herrington is an estate planning attorney and the owner of Montecito Law Group. She is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset and serves on the board of its charitable foundation. Herrington also is a past president of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria.  

“My passion is equity in education, mentoring, and providing opportunities to girls and women,” said Herrington. “I was raised in a low-income family and greatly appreciate the emotional support and prioritization of education my family provided.”

Sención is the associate director of Standing Together to End Sexual Assault (STESA), and a founding member of INCLUSION SYV, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL SYV) and the Santa Barbara Latino Giving Circle. She also serves as a liaison to the Latino Community Foundation’s Latino Giving Circle Network.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow colleagues on the commission to rethink structures and policies to support working parents both inside and outside of the home,” said Sención. “I am excited to bring young people into the fold as they have bold ideas and energy to continue to move us forward.” 

“We are delighted to have Stefanie and Arcelia join us,” said Margaret Fitzwilliam, chair of the Commission for Women. “They bring a unique set of experiences, skills and ideas to the commission, which will boost our already robust agenda.” 

Appointed by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, the Commission for Women is an advisory group that promotes the well-being, equity and equal status of women. Formed in 1973, the commission has been actively working to better the community for more than 40 years. The commission is comprised of a diverse group of energetic and committed women who are active community members representing the five supervisorial districts. 

To apply for the Commission for Women, please contact the County Clerk of the Board at 805-568-2240 and/or complete the online application.   

For general information about the Commission for Women, or to participate in monthly meetings contact Eva Camarena by email at or go to