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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”



he Santa Barbara Foundation is pleased to announce that Jackie Carrera has

been named its new President & CEO. Carrera took over as Interim CEO of

the 92-year-old community foundation in January, succeeding Ronald V. Gal-

lo, who led the Foundation for 11 years and continues to serve as CEO Emeritus.

“With strong execution, organizational management and community engagement

skills, Jackie will be a transformational leader, just what the board of trustees was

looking for in our next President & CEO,” said Pamela Gann, Chair of the Board of


Carrera’s appointment concludes a national search during which the team inter-

viewed over 50 local stakeholders to help identify the characteristics of the ideal

candidate to address the diverse needs of Santa Barbara County. “We reached out

for input in order to fully embrace and recognize the value of our many community

partners,” said Steve Hicks, Search Committee Chair. The Committee considered a

range of more than 90 strong, accomplished candidates and ultimately decided the

Interim CEO, who has already proven to be an exceptional leader, was their unanimous choice. Carrera will be the first

female President & CEO in the organization’s long history.

“The confidence that has been placed in me to lead this iconic institution and extremely talented team is profoundly

gratifying,” said Carrera. “SBF will not only maintain our high standards in philanthropic services, grantmaking and

nonprofit support, we will continue to evolve and expand our impact in Santa Barbara County.”

Santa Barbara Foundation Names New President & CEO

Carrera, who has 30 years’ experience in nonprofit lead-


ship, has been with the Santa Barbara Foundation for

almost two years as its Chief Revenue & Business De-

velopment Officer. During that time, she helped marshal

community resources to achieve the organization’s stra-

tegic priorities and to recover from the Thomas Fire and

subsequent debris flows.

“We have so much respect for what she’s accom-

plished already. With Jackie at the helm the nonprofit

community knows that the Santa Barbara Foundation is

not only a place to be funded but a place to be heard,”

said Ernesto Parades, Executive Director of Easy Lift

and SBF Trustee.

Carrera assumes the role at a critical time as the orga-

nization deals with the crippling fallout from the global

coronavirus pandemic. As the crisis has unfolded, Car-

rera has played a pivotal role in mobilizing the emer-

gency effort to bring together a funder’s collaborative

of 26 members, and raising $2.3 million to address the

needs of individuals, families and nonprofits through an

emergency grant program.

Pico, current Assistant Principal at LHS, will be taking over as Principal for the 2020-21 school year.

“These newest administrators are just what we need. They are innovative thinkers who are creative problem-solvers

and are going to help guide students and families into the unknowns of 20-21,” said Bree Valla, Assistant Superin-

tendent, Human Resources.


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