Kandy Luria-Budgor and her husband Dr. Aaron Budgor have lived in Montecito for the last 10 years, with family roots in the community since the mid-1950s. Kandy’s career has spanned counseling/psychology for 10 years in corporate settings (mostly in the Los Angeles area) specializing in addiction, career counseling, and short-term therapy to 25 years in real estate in Washington, D.C., which included land acquisition, building, and residential sales.
After moving back to Santa Barbara, Kandy took over running Luria Development and the Luria Foundation, both started by her father Eli Luria. The Luria Foundation is a philanthropic entity, which gives to four specific organizations – the Music Academy of the West, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
In addition to managing the Luria Company and the Luria Foundation, Kandy has served nine years on the Music Academy of the West Board of Directors, chairing the Building, Instruments and Grounds Committee; nine years on the board of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation; and seven years as chair of the Friends of the Luria Library. She was instrumental in community projects such as Running Start 2, a program at Santa Barbara City College for high school students who are the first in their family to attend college; developed the Angel program, a philanthropic arm of the Running Start program; assisted in the purchase of a building for Ensemble Theatre Company; instrumental in raising funds and advising for construction of new roof and remodel job for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara; and serving as co-chair for Curtain UP for the Ensemble Theatre Company’s opening and Illusions and Elixirs, a fundraiser for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara. Kandy has worked on graphics, done trouble shooting, and fundraising for numerous other community projects. She has recently joined the Board of Directors of Ensemble Theatre Company.
Kandy Luria-Budgor received her bachelor’s degree in creative arts, interdisciplinary at San Francisco State University, and her master’s degree in counseling/psychology from California State University, East Bay. She lived in Israel for six years from the age of 19, two years of which were spent on a kibbutz, and attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Author: Jessica Tade