John Glanville has joined the board of ShelterBox USA, a global humanitarian disaster relief organization, and Jeremy Jacobs is the new director of communications.
Since its founding in 2000, Santa Barbara-based ShelterBox USA has provided shelter and other living essentials to more than 2 million people around the world in disaster areas and conflict zones. It has responded to more than 300 disasters and deployed to 100 countries.
Understanding ShelterBox’s mission came into focus for Mr. Glanville through his personal experiences during the Montecito debris flow of 2018. The disaster struck San Ysidro Creek, which ran through his backyard, and he witnessed the rescue of friends and neighbors, tragic deaths, evacuations and the process of recovery and rebuilding.
“It was a life-changing event,” Mr. Glanville said. “The Montecito debris flow was one of those events where the term ‘natural disaster’ was brought right to my doorstep. Now, I have a better awareness of what it means to be in a natural disaster and how long it takes to recover.”
Mr. Glanville has more than 25 years of experience in investment and portfolio management. He is the CEO and president of Maps.com, an icon of the geographic content industry, and general manager of Benchmark Maps, which publishes recreational map products in the American West. He also serves as managing director of Athenaeum Capital Partners, a technology venture capital fund.
Mr. Glanville has also done extensive work in the nonprofit sector, including leadership roles with local Rotary Club chapters. ShelterBox is the project partner with Rotary International on disaster relief, and Mr. Glanville has been a member of Rotary for more than 25 years.
The new board member was also attracted to ShelterBox because of his background in project management and the increasing need for humanitarian aid due to climate change-fueled disasters and conflicts around the world.
“I’m a builder, and I like to build things. One of the things I enjoy with Rotary is doing local, community projects, but we also have an international impact,” Mr. Glanville said. “ShelterBox is an instantaneous building. I have a fascination with the actual problem of what do you do when a volcano blows up, and there are no buildings.”
Mr. Jacobs is an award-winning reporter and photographer, having most recently worked for E&E News, a nonpartisan news service on energy and environmental issues that is owned by Politico. His work has been published in The New York Times, Men’s Health and the Jewish Daily Forward, among others.
He is also currently a lecturer in UCSB’s Environmental Studies Department.
Mr. Jacobs said he was attracted to ShelterBox because of the growing displacement problem around the world. As of last year, about 113 million people have been forced from their homes by conflict and disaster, an all-time high.
“Around the globe, we’re seeing the impacts of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict on the world’s most vulnerable,” Mr. Jacobs said. “I am excited to join ShelterBox USA and help tell the story of the incredibly important work this organization does to address all three.”
Mr. Jacobs graduated with honors from Stanford University and has a master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He also recently co-led an effort to save 11 sports from discontinuation at Stanford, including men‘s volleyball, which he played. He lives in Goleta.
“ShelterBox USA will greatly benefit from the combined expertise and dedication of these superb additions to our board and staff.” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA.
“As a member of Rotary for decades, John understands the power of partnership and will help ShelterBox and Rotary to increase our impact around the world. Jeremy will play an important and prominent role in shaping and strengthening our communications as we continue to grow and scale our humanitarian relief efforts.”