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Meet our Executive Director

Ava Polan

Ava Polan cares about people. A native New Yorker, she spent 20 years in the corporate world, relocating to the Santa Barbara area in 1994. She has donated her time to several non-profit organizations and was appointed to the Human Services Commission in 2010. Through her work on the Commission, Ava was introduced to Phoenix of Santa Barbara, now Crescend Health. In 2013 she began working for Crescend, and has become passionate about this exceptional agency and its mission to help   those with psychiatric disorders. In January of 2018, Ava was promoted to Executive Director. It is Ava’s personal mission to strengthen the agency’s platform while delivering excellent treatment services to the underserved in our community with kindness and compassion.

Ava’s step-brother was diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia at the age of 24. She understands both the heartbreak and the rewards of learning to cope with mental illness.  

Ava brings a superior set of skills to her role as Executive Director. She has the business savvy as well as the innate ability to show kindness and care to others in the world.


Feel free to contract Ava at (805) 965-3434

Ava Polan
Executive Director

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