Santa Barbara Peace Prize Honors Deepa Willingham

Deepa Willingham

SANTA BARBARA, CA— Indian American Deepa Willingham has been awarded the 2018 Santa Barbara Peace Prize by the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties.

According to Rotary 5040’s website, Willingham is naturalized U.S. citizen, who was born and raised in Kolkata where she received her primary and secondary education under the stewardship of Mother Teresa.

While living in the U.S., she pursued her higher education and enjoyed a professional career in healthcare management.

She has been named the Rotarian of the Year, previously and has been honored with many humanitarian awards.

She has been named as one of three Inspiring Women of Action at the World Bank’s celebration of International Women’s Day in Washington, D.C., in 2016.

In 2010, Willingham founded a nonprofit called PACE Universal, which spearheads programs that fight poverty, injustice and human trafficking through the education of girls and women worldwide; provide adult education, vocational training and micro-loans; and upgrade living conditions through holistic village rehabilitation.