Land Trust for Santa Barbara County Welcomes Carrie Mullen as Director of Development

SANTA BARBARA, CA (July 20, 2015) – Carrie Mullen has joined the leadership staff at Land Trust as Development Director in July 2015. She comes to our team after twenty years as a non-profit executive specializing in strategic partnerships, programmatic diversification, marketing, and revenue advancement. After devoting much of her life to work with the University of Minnesota, West Virginia University, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, this native Californian is very happy to be home!
Carrie achieved a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science, from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Arts in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She has a passion for land and agriculture that dates back to her early years as an avid gardener and fondly remembers transplanting wild yarrow from her parents’ yard into empty peanut cans. She has been a California Certified Nursery Professional since her undergraduate years, active in community gardening projects (including Dowling Community Gardens in Minneapolis—believed to be one of the last remaining Victory Gardens still in use), and is a Master Gardener in Minnesota, Maryland, and West Virginia.
Mullen joins Chet Work, Executive Director, and the rest of the Land Trust staff in helping to conserve Santa Barbara County’s most valuable lands. She will be working to cultivate a major giving program, direct the Land Trust’s annual fundraising program, and manage capital campaigns to support land protection projects.
Carrie appreciates the balance the Land Trust brings to conversations about protecting natural resources, agricultural lands, and other open spaces in Santa Barbara County.
“We immediately recognized that Carrie has a strong passion and a long-term vision for protecting and enjoying open spaces. That along with her professionalism and executive experience made her an obvious choice for the Land Trust,” says Carolyn Chandler, former Executive Director and current Trustee of the Land Trust.
“I am honored to be joining the great team at the Land Trust. I look forward to working with them and the community to further our goals of protecting the natural and working landscapes of Santa Barbara County,” Mullen said. “I am especially excited to be working with the Land Trust at this time when it is expanding and growing and there are many important, new projects on the horizon.”
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


Chet Work, Executive Director
(805) 966-4520

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