Santa Barbara Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees and Announces 2016 Officers

The Santa Barbara Foundation welcomes Phil Alvarado, Pamela Gann and Susan T. Richards to its Board of Trustees, each beginning a three-year term in January 2016. Selected for their extensive leadership in both professional and volunteer arenas, the new trustees will be responsible for establishing policies, setting priorities and guiding the foundation's activities.

The foundation is also pleased to announce its elected officers for 2016: James Morouse, board chair; Diane Adam, vice chair; Gretchen Milligan, treasurer; Stephen Hicks, secretary; and Eileen Sheridan, chair emeritus.

"We are excited to welcome our new trustees, who each bring a wealth of experience and sincere commitment to serving Santa Barbara County's social sector," said Ron Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. "They join our distinguished Board of Trustees in guiding the foundation's financial stewardship, philanthropic services and community investments."


Phil Alvarado

Phil Alvarado

Phil Alvarado recently retired as superintendent of the Santa Maria Bonita School District after more than six years in this position and 38 years of service overall. Phil guided the district through some of its most formative and significant years as the student population grew and new local and statewide educational initiatives came into effect. During his tenure as superintendent, a new campus was constructed and a historic bond measure was passed to build an additional school and fund modernization at all 19 of the district's existing schools.

Born and raised in Santa Maria, Phil began working for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District as an instructional aide in 1973. He received his bachelor's degree and teaching credential from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and his master's degree in education from Pepperdine University. Phil began his teaching career at the district in 1977, serving at Oakley, Fairlawn, Robert Bruce and Miller elementary schools.

Phil continued his career with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, serving as assistant principal at Adam and Miller elementary schools and Fesler junior high school; principal at Fairlawn and Ontiveros elementary schools; director of curriculum and instruction; and assistant superintendent for instructional services. He was named superintendent in 2009. In addition to his work with the district, Phil serves on several nonprofit boards and is involved in organizations including Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, GenSpan Foundation, and Cruzin' for Life. He also served as a trustee of the Santa Maria Public Library, IEC Computer Connections, Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month Committee and World To You.


Pamela Gann

Pamela Gann

Pamela Gann is a trustee professor of legal studies, George R. Roberts fellow, senior fellow of the Kravis Leadership Institute, and president emerita of Claremont McKenna College. From 1999 to 2013, Pamela led the liberal arts college in expanding its financial resources with a $600 million campaign, worked tirelessly to recruit an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, and helped establish three new research institutes – the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children; the Center for Human Rights Leadership; and the Financial Economics Institute.

Prior to joining Claremont McKenna, Pamela served as the dean of Duke University School of Law from 1988 to 1999. She also taught at Duke University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia; in summer programs at Washington University, Saint Louis, and the University of Colorado; and in international programs at the Salzburg Seminar and in China, Paris, and Vietnam. Her publications largely pertain to taxation and public finance and international trade and investments.

Pamela has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctor degree from Duke University, and a Doctor of Laws degree from Claremont McKenna College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Direct Relief and International Education of Students Abroad. Additionally, she received the "Woman Lawyer of the Year" award from the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the A. Kenneth Pye Award for Excellence in Education from the Duke University School of Law


Susan T. Richards

Susan T. Richards

Passionate about community foundation work, Susan T. Richards has been instrumental in the growth of The Community Foundation serving Boulder County, Colorado for the past 20 years. During this time, she served in several key positions from legal to financial to board chairperson. In addition to supporting numerous nonprofits and causes, The Community Foundation has played a critical role in responding to local natural disasters.

In 2013, Susan and her husband Tom relocated to Santa Barbara. Susan immediately became active with the Santa Barbara Foundation, serving on its Development Task Force and joining Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara.

Susan holds a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in business administration, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has enjoyed a successful career as a stockbroker and an attorney, practicing in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business.


James Morouse

James Morouse

James M. Morouse has a tremendous depth of global marketing experience, ranging from technology startups to billion dollar consumer brands. As managing director for The Satori Group, he is responsible for advising startup companies and nonprofits in brand strategy, marketing and new product development. He is also an adjunct professor for Westmont College and has served as a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

James previously served as vice president of marketing for Infoseek Corporation, which was later acquired by The Walt Disney Company. He was responsible for all marketing activities associated with the $40 million launch of GO.com. Working closely with over 100 Disney brands, James was part of a team that developed the first branded content portal on the Internet.

Additionally, James has held executive positions with BioIQ in Santa Barbara, Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation in Seattle, Wolff New Media in New York, Procter and Gamble, Helene Curtis International, and Ameritech Communications.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration degree in marketing and international management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the boards of Leading From Within and HG Data.


Posted: December 16, 2015

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