Mat Gradias has been elected to the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Education Foundation. Mr. Gradias is an associate architect with Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects whose focus is on educational facilities. He is a volunteer with the local chapter of the national ACE (Architecture Construction Engineering) mentorship program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in those fields. He is also on the advisory committee for Disability Services and Programs for Students department at Santa Barbara City College and volunteers in his wife’s STEAM class at Cold Spring Elementary School. The Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system.