Community Center
Staff & Board Members 

Our highly respected Board of Directors and Executive Director are dedicated to supporting the development of the Community.  
We work in partnership with community members, business owners, and governmental representatives to offer a better living experience for everyone who lives, visits, or works in Avila Beach.  We are committed to making a positive difference.

MARY FOPPIANO - Executive Director



RAUL CAVAZOS - Vice President



LORI O'CONNOR - Secretary

MARINA SEARCY - Associate Director


ANNE BROWN - Director 




TOM SPARKS - Director

Goals of the Avila Beach Civic Association

  • To maintain/sustain the Avila Beach Community Center.
  • To ensure organizational health of the Avila Beach Civic Association.
  • To foster opportunities for community connection.

    Avila Beach Civic Association Monthly Meeting
    When: The first Wednesday of each month.
    From:  5:00 - 6:30 pm

    Avila Beach Community Center, 191 San Miguel Street

    Join us for our organizational meetings as we discuss upcoming projects and topics related to the Community Center and the Avila Beach community. This is a great starting point to get more involved with what is happening around Avila Beach. The public is invited to attend.

History of the Avila Beach Community Center

In the late 1950's, a group of long-time Avila citizens formed the Avila Beach Civic Association: Evelyn Phelan, Gladys Misakian, Charles Blizzard, Hayden Glenn and John Gorman, plus Fred Campbell, Supervisor, and others. One of their primary goals was to construct a Civic (community) Center to provide a place for town activities. After years of fundraising and hard work, the Avila Beach Civic Center was completed in 1962. For over five decades, the Civic Center has provided a home for many of Avila's special events and activities. During much of that time, John Gorman presided as President of the ABCA, also providing his time and effort as the caretaker of the facility.

The Civic Center was renamed the "Community Center" in 2004. It is a place to gather and meet neighbors and friends. It hosts birthday parties for the youth of the community, provides a meeting space for the many local organizations, and is a place for recreational pursuits and programs. During the Avila Beach clean-up process after the disastrous oil contamination, the Center was the focal point for discussion and coordination of the remediation process.

The Avila Beach Civic Association completed a major renovation of the Avila Beach Community Center and updated the facility to make it accessible to all residents and visitors. With generous support from San Luis Obispo County and the Avila Beach Community Foundation, the renovation was completed in 2007.

A new addition to the Community Center is the construction of its Healing Garden.  Designed and built by David Iwerks, board members, and community volunteers, the garden is perfect for weddings or any other special event.  It also lends itself to bounce houses for birthday parties or our annual Easter Egg Hunt and was used by the Amgen Tour of CA to interview winners of Stage 5 in 2013.