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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.
NEW ADMINISTRATORS FOR 20-21
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