Phylene Wiggins has been a member of the CommUnify Board of Directors since 2018. Ms. Wiggins currently serves Associate Director of Human Resources for CenCal Health and formerly Vice President of Programs and Grants for Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) where she worked directly with nonprofits, businesses, and public agencies as well as with individuals and families.
Prior to joining VCCF Ms. Wiggins served on the staff of the Santa Barbara Foundation as Director of Community Investments for nearly 14 years. She has deep knowledge and expertise in the fields of health and social services and has worked with organizations addressing a broad spectrum of community issues. Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Foundation, Ms. Wiggins was an executive and leader in the field of human resources, leading organizational strategies, working on employment policy issues at state and national levels, and educating various audiences about the importance of strong HR practices.
In addition to her work at the foundation, Ms. Wiggins has been involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations for three decades in board, staff and volunteer roles. Most recently she led the Community Caregiving Initiative, a nationally recognized, countywide effort to bolster care for an aging population by strengthening family caregivers through integrated health and community-based supports. During her long career, Ms. Wiggins’ work has focused on aging, caregiving, community health, poverty, substance abuse, mental health, homelessness, early childhood, youth development and the environment.
Ms. Wiggins was born and raised in Ventura County and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Ms. Wiggins is a past President of the Santa Barbara Human Resources Association and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She currently resides in Carpinteria.