The Santa Barbara Education Foundation recently elected Mat Gradias to its Board of Directors. Gradias is an Associate Architect with Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects with a focus on educational facilities. With the exception of some time spent in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, Mat has lived and worked in the Santa Barbara area for the majority of his career.

Gradias volunteers with the local chapter of the national ACE mentorship program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. He is also on the advisory committee for Disability Services and Programs for Students department at Santa Barbara City College. He is also a frequent volunteer in his wife’s STEAM class at Cold Spring Elementary School where he is involved with numerous student-led projects.

When he’s not enjoying the natural amenities of the Santa Barbara area, you’ll find Gradias fly-fishing with his family in the Trinity Forest, or spending time on the wooded trails of West Marin.

The Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system, serving over 15,000 students in 22 schools. For more information, visit