Meet Bruce

Bruce Porter has spent his life protecting his country, the environment and building up the community he calls home.

Bruce served 25 years in the U.S. Army before retiring at the end of 2001 with the rank of Colonel. In addition to his military experience, Bruce holds a master’s of science degree in civil engineering and computer science from Stanford. While serving in the Army, Bruce commanded engineer organizations that were responsible for protecting our nation and the environment.

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Bruce has a multitude of accomplishments. He taught college mathematics and computer science, coordinated successful campaigns to safeguard endangered species, innovated new ways to reduce energy consumption at military installations, and planned and executed effective responses to oil well fires in the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. 

Bruce has served on a number of local boards and non-profits and is considered a community leader. His devotion to strengthening communities is apparent by the multitude of  organizations he has been involved with and boards that he has served on. His service includes the local Red Cross chapter; Santa Ynez Union High School Board of Education; Solvang Rotary Club; Buellton Chamber of Commerce; local district of the Boy Scouts of America; and former vice commander of the local post of the American Legion. He is committed to serving his community as he did our country. He currently serves as president of the Santa Ynez Valley Youth Coalition and is president of the Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation.

Bruce resides in Santa Ynez with his wife of 34 years, Janette, who is an RN and local school nurse. Their home is shared with their three Australian Shepherds Maverick, Cody and Dixie. They also have two daughters, Laura and Holly. Their son, Travis serves in the U.S. Navy.