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Jonathan Abboud

Jonathan Abboud is Interim General Manager at Isla Vista Community Services District - IVCSD. Board Vice President at Santa Barbara City College. Lives in Isla Vista, California. From Los Angeles, California.


  • Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara DSA endorsement

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In March 2020 Santa Barbara Democratic Socialists of America endorsed Bernie Sanders, Salud Carbajal, Jonathan Abboud, Monique Limon and Das Williams in the California primaries.

Ventura DSA

Ventura County DSA newsletter, November 30, 2019

The next meeting of the Democratic Socialists of America Ventura County will take place Thursday, December 5th 2019.

Where: The Diversity Collective - 2471 Portola Rd, Suite 100, Ventura, CA

This month's meeting will include:

A visit from Jonathan Abboud, candidate for CA Assembly District 37.

Endorsing Keith Ellison

Millennial Leaders Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair was posted February 2017.

Young people have been at the forefront of every major struggle in our country to make real the promise of democracy. During the last election cycle, our generation played a pivotal role in bringing economic and racial justice to the forefront of political dialogue, and now we are marching in the streets, rallying at airports, and at town halls resisting Donald Trump’s cabinet and his agenda of hatred and greed.

That’s why we endorse Representative Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. We believe he can activate the millennial base of the party by working with the movements we have powered.

Signatories included Jonathan Abboud , Vice President, Santa Barbara Community College Board of Trustees.

Young comrades

Zenaida Huerta July 16, 2018 near Sacramento, CA ·


Supporting two millennial progressives running for community college board! Send them your Bernie $27. — attending Mixer with AJ Valenzuela and Jonathan Abboud in Sacramento with AJ Valenzuela, Zach Denney and Jonathan Abboud.

Standing for AD 37

In 2019 Jonathan Abboud stood from AD 37 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.

My name is Jonathan Abboud and I am ready to represent our community as the 37th Assembly District Executive Board Representative to the California Democratic Party. I’m a 26 year old UC Santa Barbara Alumnus and I serve as the elected representative for Isla Vista and Hope Ranch on the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees. Born in Los Angeles to working class Lebanese immigrants, now living in Isla Vista, I’m proud to call California my home and want to do everything I can to make it a better place for all.

For six years now I’ve volunteered for local Democratic initiatives and campaigns. This year I funded and coordinated an effort to register and turnout record breaking numbers of people in Isla Vista/UCSB for both the June and November midterm elections. The past five years I’ve organized to give Isla Vista self-governance and representation through the creation of the IV Community Services District. I am excited about the opportunity to be involved in building a state party for the future that will lead the country in tangible and progressive action.[1]

2017 Progressive slate

Ryan Skolnick January 6, 2017 near Simi Valley, CA ·

Calling all my VC and Santa Barbara people! If you live in Ojai, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Ventura, Santa Barbara, or Carpenteria, and you are a registered Democrat, please turn out tomorrow to vote for Arthur Valenzuela, James Forsythe, Karina Kaye, and the other members of the district's progressive slate in tomorrow's ADEM elections! When Bernie Sanders talked about making the Democratic Party the party of the people, this is what he meant. Don't stay home, be part of the change you want to see!


With Charity Dean, Vijay Jammalamadaka, Jeike Meijer, Jacqueline Beeson, Lorrie Brown, Lucia Marquez, Lucas Zucker, Jonathan Abboud, Hieu Le, David Panbehchi, Sam Ramirez.

Isla Vista is United

Matthew Santos November 2, 2016.


Isla Vista is United in a vision for a better future, and it's time we have capable and dedicated leaders who are ready to lead us there.

With Daniel Torres, Salud Carbajal, Fr Jon-stephen Hedges, Spencer Brandt, Natalie Jordan, Ethan Bertrand, Carlos Lopez, Cameron James Schunk, Michelle Macrohon, Natalie Burrous, Ashcon Minoiefar, Austin Hechler, Neha Nayak, Jonathan Abboud and Students for Joan Hartmann.

Board of Trustees position for District-6 in Isla Vista

In 2014 Jonathan Abboud was a 22 year-old Political Science major fresh out of UCSB.

Having just graduated earlier the past June, Abboud has already made a splash for himself in local politics. Abboud won the Board of Trustees position for District-6 in Isla Vista, beating opponent Ethan Stone.

“It actually wasn’t as intense as previous elections until the last day,” said Abboud about the race.

Jonathan ran on a platform of strong community ties and having student interests in mind. The newly elected Board of Trustee member resides in Isla Vista, and has been working in the local community over the course of his education on the issue of Isla Vista self-governance.

Student Trustee Nicholas Steil was excited for someone who would be “seeing the perspective of the college community.”

“It’s inspiring to see someone so young running for public office,” Steil said.

Abboud started in journalism where he worked on his high school newspaper. It wasn’t until a friend encouraged him to run for ASB President at UCSB that he got involved in politics. After losing his first race, he came back the next election to win the presidency.

When he decided to run for the Trustee position, Abboud approached the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara for an endorsement. Daraka Larimore-Hall is the Secretary for the California Democratic Party said that Abboud has a long record of representing key constituents.

“I had met most of them by the time I went for the endorsement,” Abboud said. “Preparing so much made it easy.”[2]

SBCAN Board of Directors

Santa Barbara County Action Network Board of Directors, accessed January 9, 2018.[3]

Santa Barbara City College

Community College League of California, Santa Barbara City College, as of January 2018;[4]

Board of Trustees

Congressional member

State legislators

Influencing Salud Carbajal


Jonathan Abboud SBCC Trustee shared Daily Nexus's post. May 4, 2017.

Two months ago myself and many other community college trustees descended on Washington DC with a year round pell grant as our main ask. I met with Salud's staff that week about it and they enthusiastically said this is an issue important to Salud Carbajal -- now he's introduced a bill that incorporates our ask and goes even further, thank you Salud!

Joint Progressive Caucus & Arab American Caucus Agenda


Joint Progressive Caucus & Arab American Caucus Agenda, California Democratic Party Executive Board Meeting Sat., Nov.18, 2017 (8:15-10:15) The Westin SF Airport 1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, CA 94030.

  • Election for Progressive Caucus Communications & Media Officer, PC Secretary Marcy Winograd introduces the candidates.
  • Update on the impact of Trump’s Muslim Ban – Speaker from CAIR-SF.
  • UPTE-CWA Presentation: The $48 Fix/Reclaim California’s Master Plan for Higher Education – Speaker: Jonathan Abboud.
  • Update on anti-BDS legislation – Speakers: David Mandel and Iyad Afalqa
  • Autopsy Report: The Democratic Party in Crisis – Speaker: Karen Bernal