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Published on Mar 15, 2015
Naomi Schwartz entered political activism and public service in the wake of the 1969 oil spill, collecting campaign signatures for Prop. 20, to create the California Coastal Commission. She later served as one of the commission’s first chairpersons and, from 1982 to 1992, worked as chief of staff for State Senator Gary Hart. She was a founding member of Coastwatch, the Fund for Santa Barbara, and the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee. She also served as a Santa Barbara County Supervisor from 1993 to 2004.