Esabella Bonner is a long-time Santa Cruz resident, entrepreneur, and visionary working to help bridge our local community. She has been active in making changes in our community by increasing awareness, amplifying Black & POC voices, exposing implicit bias, and working collaboratively with community leaders. Bella co-founded Blended Bridge, a local collective that aims to inspire and empower collective community. She is also the founder of Black Surf Club Santa Cruz which aims to promote both physical and spiritual wellness through surf and community for our Black and POC residents.
Thairie Ritchie came to Santa Cruz in 2008, when he began attending Mission Hill Middle School. He currently lives in Capitola and works in Live Oak and Santa Cruz.