SANTA BARBARA Barbara Robertson has been named president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara.
Ms. Robertson studied business economics at the University of British Columbia and accounting at the British Columbia Institute of Technology before the Vancouver native began her career as a consultant. Moving to Santa Barbara in 1989, she was appointed as fiscal director for the Santa Barbara Community Housing Corp., and in 1993 became director of finance for the SFSB, a position she held for 11 years, according to Tim Dougherty, director of marketing and communications for the foundation.
Ms. Robertson went on to serve as director of finance and administration at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College and as vice president of finance and administration at the Music Academy of the West. She rejoined the scholarship foundation as operations director in April 2011, was appointed chief operating officer in July 2016 and served as the foundation’s interim president and CEO from February to December 2018.
“Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, I cannot imagine another individual being better suited or situated to lead the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Fiscally savvy and boasting an extensive record of operations management, Barbara has repeatedly shown herself to be a leader of sound judgment and calm competence. We could not be more pleased,” SFSB Board Chair Christie Glanville said in a statement.