Teresa Barth Co-Founded ENGAGE Encinitas to Strengthen Civic Engagement
Teresa Barth may have retired from her job with the Exhibits & Education Department for the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but that doesn’t mean she’s less active within her community. This Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident served on the Encinitas City Council from 2006 to 2014, and was the mayor of Encinitas from December 2012 through May 2014. Now, Teresa is the co-founder and president of ENGAGE Encinitas, a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for civic involvement.
“We started ENGAGE Encinitas in January 2015 in order to provide a high-quality, interesting, and accessible way for the residents to get to know their city on a deeper level, in a non-partisan and positive atmosphere,” Teresa explained. “Our purpose is to encourage collaboration and strengthen civic engagement by hosting such events as forums, ‘shop local’ activities, volunteer projects, and community potlucks.”
Name: Teresa Barth
Family: Husband – Don; Father – Bill Arballo; Sister – Loreta Arballo; Cat – Ziggy
Hobbies & Interests: Reading, riding my bike, spending time at the beach, and traveling
Favorite Spots in 92024: Cardiff State Beach, Glen Park, Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage & Meditation Gardens
One of the more popular ENGAGE Encinitas events Teresa helped develop is Citizens Academy, during which topics of local interest are discussed. Taking place on the third Thursday of the month at the Encinitas Library’s Community Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m., various topics have included recycled water usage, urban agriculture, active transportation, disaster preparedness, local for-benefit businesses, and the renovation of Pacific View School into a community arts center.
“Organizing a variety of topics that are interesting and relevant to a broad section of the community is a challenge, but we are proud that we were able to transform our original goals into action. The positive response we have received from the community has been so rewarding. I especially appreciate the many people who have offered their time and expertise to be panelists, and the numerous people who have volunteered at our community clean-ups,” Teresa exclaimed.
Civic-minded to the core, Teresa also serves on the board for the Encinitas Friends of the Arts, the Cardiff 101 Main Street Association, and the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project. She’s also helping to start up Encinitas For-Benefit, a group that promotes socially-responsible businesses, and she volunteers at the Cardiff library’s Book Nook. Teresa laughed, “My husband says I’m busier now than when I worked full-time! I have been very fortunate throughout my life and people have helped me along the way, and now I just try to ‘pay it forward.’ Life is good.”