Team Trop is here to make sure you have the ultimate first year experience. Please contact us at (805) 968-0351 with any special requests, questions or concerns.
Our Senior Community Manager and Resident Activities Director oversee the general operations of our student communities, as well as offer assistance to residents. You’ll work with the Leasing Manager and the leasing staff to finalize your contract and room assignments. Our Community Assistants operate the front desks and answer questions for residents and parents. The Service Supervisor oversees building maintenance and the housekeeping staff, who are responsible for light housekeeping of the suites and building. Any questions that may arise regarding your payments are handled by our Director of Accounting. Each staff member is here to better your Tropicana experience.
Assistant Community Manager
Matt has been with Tropicana since 2007, working his way up from a resident, to Tour Guide, Desk Attendant, Accounts Receivable Clerk, and now Associate Director of Accounting. Matt graduated from UCSB with a BS in Business Economics.
Gardens Resident Activities Manager
Elisa was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, but lived in Florence, Italy for 20 years where she worked in school administration and owned a business in the restaurant industry. She joined the Tropicana team in 2021 when she moved to Santa Barbara. She has a BA in Psychology and truly enjoys working with people in many pursuits. She loves the active lifestyle living in Santa Barbara offers.
Del Norte Resident Activities Manager
Danitza was born and raised in El Centro, CA. She is a 2018 UCSB alum where she double majored in Global Studies and Italian Studies. Danitza started at Tropicana in 2014 as a resident and has moved up from a Resident Assistant, Customer Service Representative, Leasing Specialist, Judicial Affairs Officer, and finally Director of Judicial Affairs and Risk Management. She recently completed her final year at Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate degree.
Resident Activities Coordinator
Anjanette Aguilar, the Resident Director of TDN is a Santa Barbara local and SBCC transfer attending CSU Channel Islands as an English major with an emphasis on Education. She loves going to the beach, getting some sun rays or watching the sunset. She and the Res Life team are committed to making this year a safe and memorable experience.
Laura has worked at Tropicana since 2005. She has extensive expertise in café office management, summer coordination, leasing and accounting. Prior to working at Tropicana, Laura spent 10 years at Francisco Torres Residence Hall (now known as Santa Catalina Residence Hall at UCSB).
Resident Services Manager
Joshua Siley Waters joined the Tropicana Student Living team in Summer 2017 after graduating from Westmont College with a degree in Economics and Business. Starting at Tropicana as an Accounting Associate, Joshua grew to love the community and events at Tropicana while continuing to aid the under served community throughout Santa Barbara County. Prior to moving from the San Fernanado Valley, Josh gained a great appreciation for Motorsports, Economics, Cross Country, Healthcare, Mountain Biking, and more. Today he manages the Customer Service Operations team and is committed to the Tropicana residents, parents, guests, and the neighboring community of Isla Vista.
Brendan came to Tropicana originally as a transfer student in 2009 and has since lived and worked for Tropicana as a part of the Residence Life and Marketing teams. He graduated from UCSB in 2011 with a BA in Film Studies.