Tammy Sims Johnson Joins The Santa Barbara Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropic Services | Good for Santa Barbara

After an extensive national search, the Santa Barbara Foundation announced that Tammy Sims Johnson would join the foundation as the new Vice President of Philanthropic Services.

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Tammy Sims Johnson

Sims Johnson brings decades of experience in philanthropy, communications, grantmaking and the private sector, most recently as senior philanthropic advisor at the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles.

“I believe in the power of community foundations to improve the quality of life for their residents, especially vulnerable populations,” said Sims Johnson. “I am thrilled to build relationships with donors, advisors, and nonprofit partners serving the vibrant communities of Santa Barbara County.”

She will join the foundation in April and oversee its philanthropic services department, including development, donor services, donor relations and communications teams.

Prior to her time at the California Community Foundation, Sims Johnson worked as a communications professional for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. She has also worked as a grantmaker for the Riordan Foundation and as a commercial real estate consultant in the private sector.

Sims Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and his master of science in social entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business at USC. In addition, she holds the Certified Philanthropy Advisor designation from the American College of Financial Services.

“We are thrilled to have Tammy join our team of exceptional, mission-driven professionals,” said Jackie Carrera, President and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation. “Tammy brings decades of experience in community service and philanthropy, which makes her uniquely qualified to provide strategic leadership in all areas of asset development and partnerships, working across our diverse portfolio of program areas. She will bring together our development and stewardship capabilities to ensure we remain at the forefront of innovation and impact in Santa Barbara County.

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— Jordan Killebrew is the director of communications for the Santa Barbara Foundation.

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