Gregory Gandrud was unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman for the Central Coast Region.
Greg was born in Los Angeles in 1961 and grew up in the South Bay. After living for a year as an exchange student in Norway, Greg graduated from high school in Manhattan Beach. In 1982, he graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in multinational financial management.
He and his partner, Marllus, make their home in Carpinteria where Greg had moved from Redondo Beach in 1987 while employed by McGhan InstruMed Corporation. In 1991, Greg founded the business which is now Gandrud Financial Services Corporation.
Because his paternal grandfather had served as an elected judge for a multi-county district in Minnesota and because his great-grandfather had served in both the Assembly and the State Senate in Minnesota, Greg learned at an early age to value service to the public.
In November of 2002, Greg was elected to the Carpinteria City Council. He served as the city`s representative on the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, the Multi-Jurisdictional Solid Waste Task Force, and the City-County Affordable Housing Task Force. In addition, he is the founder of a political action committee called Fix101.org.
In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Greg to the California Recreational Trails Committee which has oversight over all the hiking and equestrian trails in our state. Greg is the most recent past Chairman of the Committee.
Greg was unanimously re-elected in December of 2010 to another two-year term as Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Republican Party and was unanimously elected in March of 2011 as Treasurer of the Republican County Chairmen`s Association after having served for two years as Assistant Treasurer.
Gregory Gandrud`s motto is "less government, more freedom". His passion is finding ways to make California competetive in the global economy so that our citizens enjoy increased opportunities to provide for themselves and their families.