We Are

The Job Fair People!


We Connect Local Job Seekers with Employers

Our Mission

Santa Cruz Employment Access serves as host to the annual Access 2 Employment Job Fair, connecting local employers with hundreds of job seekers to help achieve a diverse workforce. Our volunteer based organization operates as a planning committee made up of representatives from various local agencies and businesses with a common goal – to improve the economic outlook of Santa Cruz County by linking job seekers with employers and employment resources.

Our History

Santa Cruz Employment Access was founded in 1990 by a group of individuals from various companies and agencies with a common goal - to connect employers in our community with job seekers of all talents and backgrounds. To achieve this mission, our annual job fair takes place in October in support of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign, which raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. To further expand our scope of diversity, we have established community partnerships to include other groups that face obstacles to employment including ex-offenders, seniors over the age of 55, and youth ages 14-25. Our job fair welcomes ALL job seekers - come one, come all!

Our Employment Preparation Partners

Our volunteers offer employment preparation workshops for inmates and youth at these locations:

Connecting People for over 30 Years


Our Team

Leslie Hess

Leslie Hess

Marketing Manager

Leslie serves as Marketing Manager for A2E, and works at the County of Santa Cruz as a Talent Acquisition Analyst. She brings 15+ years of human resource and talent acquisition experience to the A2E team. When she’s not working or volunteering, Leslie enjoys spending time at the beach with her family!
Phil Rodriquez

Phil Rodriquez

Vice President & Treasurer

Phil serves as Vice President and Treasurer of A2E. He is the Executive Director of the Profile Job Club located in the Capitola Career Center. He assists professionals with job search skills, employability, self-marketing, professional networking and career building.
Bethany Brunetti

Bethany Brunetti

Outreach Coordinator

Bethany serves as Outreach Coordinator for A2E. She is a Business Specialist for the Department of Rehabilitation. Her background is in mental health and social services. Doing meaningful work, helping others and contributing to a more sustainable way of life are some of her passions. Bethany enjoys hiking with her husband and dog, home improvement projects and yoga.

Desha Staley-Raatior

Desha Staley-Raatior

Logistics Coordinator

Desha serves as Logistics Coordinator for A2E, and has 14+ years in education. She is currently the Student Employment Coordinator at Cabrillo College, where she supports career development for a wide range of individuals and develops partnerships with local employers. Desha enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, traveling, and yoga

Patricia Greenway

Patricia Greenway


Patricia is President of A2E, and has a strong background in employment services including Job Placement Coordinator at Computer Training Academy, Career Counselor for Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and Special Education Transition Specialist for Santa Cruz City Schools. She most recently developed the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department Inmate Employment Program, which assists inmates and ex-offenders with employment and re-entry.
Sariah Babcock

Sariah Babcock


Sariah has a degree in Communication. She attended Cabrillo College followed by San Jose StateUniversity, where she graduated with honors. Sariah taught English as a second language in China and Korea. As the Lead Teacher Trainer, she specialized in onboarding and development. She worked as a Behavioral Interventionalist helping children and young adults build healthy habits. She is passionate about fostering growth and creating opportunities.

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