SANTA BARBARA, CA (August 5, 2015) – The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County elected Greg Parker as the President of its Board of Trustees and has added Carolyn Chandler and Sandy Seale to its Board of Trustees. This trio of community leaders will help direct the Land Trust’s revitalization as it enters its 30th year of conserving Santa Barbara County’s most valuable lands. Executive Director, Chet Work, comments, “The Land Trust is grateful for the leadership and time commitment of these three board members. Their individual passions for the agricultural heritage and natural resources of Santa Barbara County make them all great partners.”
Greg Parker joined the Board of Trustees of the Land Trust in 2011. In addition to his role as President, he is the Land Trust’s primary liaison with the Santa Barbara Foundation’s LEAF (Land, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food) Initiative. Greg noted “It is an honor to be elected to lead the Land Trust at this critical time with so many innovative and important conservation projects underway.”
Greg has been a Santa Barbara resident since 1983, He is a principal of the Investec Real Estate Companies, a diversified real estate investment group. His background includes a legal career specializing in real estate and finance, acting as a senior executive with finance and investment companies, and serving on the board of directors of several public and private companies and non-profit organizations, acting as president or chair of several non-profits. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.
Sandy Seale comes to the Land Trust from USCB, where she was Director of Development, Special Initiatives. She has 3 degrees in Civil Engineering, including a Ph.D. from MIT, and has worked in aerospace designing spacecraft, for the Navy and in industry as a programmer, and most recently as a seismologist and earthquake engineer at UCSB. Sandy serves as the Campaign Capital Manager for Direct Relief International.
Sandy has successfully completed two capital campaigns in Santa Barbara - for the Montessori Center School and the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy.
Carolyn Chandler has focused most of her career and volunteer activities on preserving and restoring open space lands. She began her career as a Project Analyst for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, a state conservation agency based in Los Angeles. After relocating to Santa Barbara in the early 90s, Carolyn began her work as a consultant, then Executive Director of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Carolyn has also worked as a grant-writer and project manager for the Land Trust, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for four years.
Carolyn’s volunteer activities include: co-founder of The California Environmental Project and the Gaviota Coast Conservancy; trustee at the Land Trust; trustee and chair of the Development and Finance Committees for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History; and numerous volunteer responsibilities at her children’s schools. Currently, she serves on the Leadership Committee for Direct Relief Women, an auxiliary group of Direct Relief.
About the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1985 and dedicated to preserving and enhancing Santa Barbara County’s natural resources, open spaces and agricultural heritage for present and future generations. To date, the LTSBC has helped to preserve nearly 24,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land and has assisted landowners in placing conservation easements on 43 properties totaling more than 16,000 acres, including the Carpinteria Bluffs, Arroyo Hondo, Sedgwick Reserve and the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. These lands help Santa Barbara County maintain a productive agricultural economy, while the public enjoys open vistas and locally grown food. For more information, visit www.sblandtrust.org.