Charles Newman is a native Southern Californian who received his B.A. from U.C.S.B. and a J.D. from Washington University’s School of Law. In a career spanning 38 years, Charles specialized in the defense of complex, class action suits. Locally, he has served the Montecito Water Board as director and chair of multiple committees. In January 2017 he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as a commissioner on the Montecito Planning Commission. Charles is also a member of the Environmental Defense Council, Human Rights Watch, the Montecito Association, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and Photo Futures, the Sierra Club, Social Venture Partners, and UCSB’s Capps & Taubman Centers.