Andy Caldwell
Executive Director
COLAB Santa Barbara County


-Raised in Lompoc (graduate of Lompoc High School)

-Graduated from University of California at San Diego (BA Degree) 1980

-Employed by Union Sugar from 1980 to 1991: started as seasonal laborer became Industrial Relations and Safety Manager in 1987.

-Helped to start COLAB in 1991 as it’s founding Executive Director. COLAB has over 1300 members county wide and is considered one of the most powerful advocates in the county on behalf of business interests and the preservation of our constitutional rights.

-COLAB SBC Website located at

Current Activities

-- Daily radio talk show airs from 3-5 pm on AM 1440 (Santa Maria-SLO) and AM1290 (Santa Barbara-Ventura). The only local talk show to cover the entire Central Coast.

- Three guest opeds per week in the Santa Barbara News Press and every other week in the Santa Maria Sun. Former columnist in the Santa Maria Times for 17 years.

- Regularly attends County Board of Supervisors meeting to speak on behalf of COLAB and serve as a government watchdog.


Married to Linda. We have seven children (six girls and one boy)

Awards and Recognitions

Concerning Agriculture:

Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce and Strawberry Association “Industry Partner of the Year Award” 2019

Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau “Agricultural Promotion 2010" Award Recipient

Concerning Industry:

Santa Barbara Industrial Association Distinguished Public Service Award 2006

Representing the Public Interest:

From the Vocational Training Center (which serves the disabled community) “Community Image Award 2010

Los Padres Council of Boy Scouts of America “Community Organization of the Year” 2008

Voted Best “Community Watchdog” by Readers of the Santa Maria Sun -11 Times!

Voted Best “Take it to the Man Activist” by Readers of the Santa Maria Sun- 7 Times!

Voted Best “Community Activist” by Readers of the Santa Maria Sun 2007.

From Government:

Recipient of State Senator Joel Anderson “California Hero Award” 2015.

From State Senator Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D, Resolution for Meritorious Service to Agriculture, Business and Labor in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, presented 2010

Resolutions of Commendation from the California State Assembly, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, and the Santa Maria City Council.

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Best Community Watchdog - Santa Maria Sun 2013
Best Take It To The Man Activist - Santa Maria Sun 2013

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