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BOARD & STAFF

Sara Miller McCune

Founder

Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE Publishing and executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Sara also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd. (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981, in Singapore in 2006, in Melbourne in 2016, and has additional major offices in Beijing and Shanghai, Cairo, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Sara remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development.

Our Board

Sandra Ball-Rokeach

Professor Emerita
University of Southern California

Nien-Tsu Nancy Chen

Associate Professor of Communication
California State University Channel Islands, 
Moorpark, CA

Charles Hale

Vice President

Dean of Social Sciences
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Monique Limon

Secretary

State Senator
Santa Barbara, CA

Vicki Magasinn

Attorney
Magasinn and Feldman, Los Angeles, CA

Brando Pozzi

Business Owner and Philanthropist
Camarillo, CA

Victor Rios

Victor Rios

Professor

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Hon. Susan Rose, ret.

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors
Santa Barbara, CA

Jocelyn Sze McCune

Assistant Clinical Professor
University of California, Berkeley

Wendy Sims-Moten

Executive Director
First 5 Santa Barbara County,
Goleta, CA

Marcos Vargas

Consultant
Ventura, CA

Diane Wondolowski

Chief Financial Officer
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Carpinteria, CA

Hilda Zacarias

Treasurer

Executive Director
Community Partners In  Caring
Santa Maria, CA

Grants Review Committee

Kate English, Santa Paula
Ocil Herrejón, Santa Barbara
Tomás Hernandez, Jr., Oxnard

Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Felicia Luong-Boyd, and Travis Wilson for their service on other Foundation committees, alongside our board members.

Staff

CLAUDIA ARMANN

Executive Director

(805) 223-8373

Claudia Armann has been the Executive Director of the McCune Foundation since 2008. She leads the Foundation’s grantmaking and capacity building initiatives. Claudia began her work in philanthropy at the Santa Barbara Foundation where she served as a program officer for eight years. During that time, she helped coordinate education and cultural grantmaking, as well as student aid programs.

Claudia is past president of the Foundation Roundtable of Santa Barbara County and currently serves on the Board of the 805 UndocuFund, which provides financial support to undocumented residents affected by disasters and the pandemic. She’s also a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board for the County of Ventura and is a co-founder of Homes for All, an affordable housing advocacy group. In the past, Claudia served on the board of two environmental organizations. Before her career in philanthropy, Claudia earned a degree in journalism, interned with The Associated Press, and worked in the magazine industry.

ARACELI CENTENO, MPH

Program Officer

(805) 667-8054

Araceli was born in Ventura, CA, to farm working parents and grew up in Oxnard’s Colonia neighborhood. She attended San Francisco State University where she double majored in International Relations and Raza Studies. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for social justice and organizing. After receiving a B.A., she worked as a community organizer conducting direct actions, tackling issues such as environmental justice, workers’ rights, and gentrification. Araceli has trained and mentored aspiring organizers in topics such as campaign building, grassroots fundraising, direct actions, community building, and other organizing tactics.

In 2016, Araceli graduated with a Master in Public Health from the Keck School of Medicine at USC with a concentration in Child and Family Health. Since then, she has worked in NIH funded research of chronic diseases in agricultural workers and early literacy initiatives. More recently, her role as a mental health engager allowed her to work with youth and families to connect and advocate for mental health services. Araceli is a firm believer that people have the power to build healthy self-autonomous communities through community organizing. 

Araceli enjoys roller skating, arts and crafts, and peaceful family walks along the beach with her dog and human family. She also values her alone time by watching documentaries (mocumentaries included) and starting crocheting projects (albeit, not always completing them).

JOVITA VALDEZ

Executive Assistant

(805) 628-3136

Jovita was born and raised in the La Colonia area of Oxnard and is one of eleven children. She has more than 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector in areas of fundraising, program management, grants management, event planning, and volunteer management. While at the Ventura County Community Foundation, she served as Program Director for Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund where she co-authored the first Ventura County Latino Health Needs Assessment Report.

Jovita attended UC Santa Barbara where she majored in Sociology and helped found El Congreso de La Raza Libre, a Chicana/o/x student activist group. If there was a demonstration on campus to save Chicana/o Studies, she was there with her voice and picket sign. Jovita was also involved in the Farmworker Movement – marching, picketing and boycotting. She’s served on the boards of the UCSB Associated Students, El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, and the UCSB Alumni Board of Directors. She also co-chaired the Ventura County Women’s Political Action Council, which trained, endorsed and funded progressive women seeking elected office. Jovita mentors women of color student athletes on the Ventura College women’s basketball team. Her motto is “Share It Forward.”

 

She enjoys fiber arts, yoga, aqua zumba, and beach camping in her 1958 vintage Shasta Airflyte camper which she and her partner fully restored. Jovita also enjoys watching anything on PBS and classic, old Hollywood film noir movies.

 

Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE Publishing and executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, Sara also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd. (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981, in Singapore in 2006, in Melbourne in 2016, and has additional major offices in Beijing and Shanghai, Cairo, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. Sara remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development.

Reflecting her longstanding interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting social, educational, economic, and environmental justice, Sara is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is located. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California’s Central Coast.

In 2007, Sara founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which launched the award-winning magazine Pacific Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the Center’s mission were transferred to The Social Justice Foundation, a nonprofit organization supported by SAGE Publishing, and June 2020 the magazine was moved into archives at Grist(grist.org).

In 2012, McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College, for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University, and in 2016, McCune received honorary degrees from CSU Channel Islands and Sussex University. In 2017, Ms. McCune was honored by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (UK) for her contribution to scholarly publishing and in 2018, she was awarded the prestigious London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 50+ years working within the publishing industry. She is also an Honorary Fellow of both CASBS at Stanford, and Pembroke College at Oxford.

An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, McCune was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, and chairs the Visiting Committee at the Social Science Research Council based in New York, where she also serves on its Board of Directors. In 2018 she was offered membership to the highly prestigious American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.