About Us

Our Goals

Project ACT is a collaborative effort to use the workplace as a venue for acquiring and sharing healthy lifestyle behaviors. We seek to uncover best practices in workplace wellness in Santa Barbara County, and to share them widely. It also has a unique focus on the way choices flow between work and home.

We emphasize positive individual choices along with the social support and environmental context to make them easy. See the personal commitments of project participants.

Our Organizations


ACT is initially supported by a grant from the Orfalea Foundation, which has a deep interest in cultivating adults and parents who can  create healthy environments for the young people of our community.


The project was conceived of and first piloted by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, which is committed to helping prevent and treat disease and has for several years been looking at workplace wellness for County residents and its own staff.

The other two organizations participating in the initial pilot are the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians / Chumash Enterprises, and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.




Our People

37664_453541421256_3656273_nSeth Nickinson is the Project Manager.  He leads our strategy, grassroots recruitment, and communications development.   Along with leading Project ACT, Seth manages commercial recycling and foodscraps accounts for the City of Santa Barbara. Current freelance work includes developing e-commerce for a local produce distributor, conducting food and energy research for an environmental nonprofit, helping restart a citizen Food Policy Council, and widely offering expert facilitation. Previously, Seth built the grassroots field operation for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. He built the Wellness practice at groundbreaking sustainability agency Saatchi S, where he  helped devise inspirational corporate sustainability, employee engagement, and marketing programs at companies such as Wal-mart, AT&T, and WellPoint. Fluent in Spanish, with a background in international development, he spent years advocating for social and economic justice Latin America and Washington, DC. Seth is a graduate of Harvard University.



Scott McCann, PhD initiated this project and leads its implementation for the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, where he is the Director of Health Education. Scott has been an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University since 1985, where he currently teaches human sexuality and grant writing, and also instructs at Santa Barbara City College. He has worked in the fields of special education, reproductive health, and human service administration for over 30 years. He has published numerous articles, curricula and videos, and presented at national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Sexology, the American Psychological Association, and the American Public Health Association. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in the fields of sexuality education for people with disabilities, Latino peer outreach, and comprehensive youth development.


laurenceorr-meLaurence Orr is responsible for the compelling visual appeal of Project ACT and the creation of this website.

Laurence has been a Visual Designer in the Santa Barbara area for 13 years. Design is his passion. He thinks out his designs to not only look good but to also perform. He is currently freelance and works under Laurence Orr Design.

Contact Us

You can reach us at ideas@project-act.com

or (415) 305-3058

We’d love to hear from you.