The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Welcomes Three New Board Members

Santa Barbara, CA. May 2015 – The Granada Theatre is pleased to welcome three new members to their Board of Directors of The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts (SBCPA), which owns and operates the historic theatre: Scott Brittingham, Palmer G. Jackson, Jr., and Gretchen Lieff. The mission of the SBCPA is to serve as a support organization to the resident companies of The Granada Theatre by providing a state of the art venue in an historic landmark, and to promote the overall vitality and sustainability of the performing arts in Santa Barbara.
“On behalf of the SBCPA, we are very fortunate to welcome Scott, Palmer, and Gretchen to the board,” says Sarah Chrisman, President of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors. “They each offer a unique contribution and generous heart that supports our mission to ensure that all of our community members have access and the ideal venue to enjoy the arts.”
Scott Brittingham, a graduate of Williams College (BA) and USC Marshall School of Business (MBA), is a private investor and founder of the Brittingham Family Foundation, which advises and supports nonprofits in Santa Barbara and Southern California. Scott brings local leadership experience to the SBCPA, including having chaired successful capital campaigns for leading organizations such as the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and Crane Country Day School. He currently serves on the board of public radio station KCRW and is Chair of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at USC Marshall School of Business, along with the capital campaigns for Thacher School and Santa Barbara Children’s Library.
Palmer G. Jackson, Jr., a fourth generation Santa Barbara native, is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (MBA), who has spent most of his business career leading marketing teams in Santa Barbara high tech companies. He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of The Lobero Theatre and of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. He currently serves as a Trustee at Cate School, the Ann Jackson Family Foundation, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History where he chairs the Museum’s recently announced Centennial Campaign. A life-long musician, Palmer is passionate about the performing arts and can be seen playing around town with his band, The Doublewide Kings.
Gretchen Lieff is the Founder of the Lutah Maria Riggs Society and Executive Producer of the documentary “Lutah.” Gretchen is passionate about Santa Barbara history and is a staunch supporter of Casa del Herrero, Lotusland, the Pearl Chase Society, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, the Montecito Historical Society, and the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara. In addition to local history and architectural preservation, Gretchen is a supporter of UCSB Arts & Lectures, Planned Parenthood, Channelkeeper, Human Rights Watch, and Domestic Violence Solutions. Gretchen has worked closely with the Napa Land Trust and Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County where she was instrumental in preserving substantial open space. Currently Gretchen is President of Lieff Wines, and serves on the Members Committee of the Coral Casino. Gretchen is a former KGO Radio/ABC News reporter in San Francisco, and holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from USC.
The 2015 Granada Theatre Board of Directors includes: Sarah Schlinger Chrisman, President; Dan Burnham, Vice President; Marla McNally Phillips, Vice President; Roberta Griffin, Treasurer; Mary Tonetti Dorra, Secretary; Scott Brittingham; Richard T. Caleel; Hal Conklin; Patricia Gregory; Palmer G. Jackson, Jr.; L. Robert Johnson; Chris Lancashire; Gretchen Lieff; Philip W. Marking; Nancy O’Connor; Carrie Ohly-Cusack; Eric G. Phillips; Sharol Siemens; Rob Sternin; Michael Towbes; H. Wallace Vandever; Carol Wilburn; and Chrisman Executive Director Dr. Craig Springer.
To learn more about how to support The Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts or The Granada Theatre, please contact Kristi Newton, Director of Development, at or (805) 899-3000 x130 or visit
About The Granada Theatre
For 90 years now, The Granada Theatre has been an integral part of Santa Barbara’s arts and entertainment landscape. The Granada Theatre has played host to some of the 20th century’s greatest entertainers, from Al Jolson, Charlie Chaplin, and Fred Astaire to Henry Fonda, Yo Yo Ma, Steve Martin and the Berlin Philharmonic, to name but a few. Re-opened in 2008, under the auspices of the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, The Granada Theatre re-emerged as a state of the art home for many of Santa Barbara’s greatest artistic treasures and a place whose existence makes it possible for the highest levels of artistic expression to take place in Santa Barbara. The Granada Theatre annually hosts more than 120 performances and community events and is a proud contributor to the vitality of Santa Barbara. The Granada Theatre is home to eight resident companies – CAMA, the Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, the Santa Barbara Symphony, State Street Ballet, Theater League, and UCSB Arts & Lectures. For more information please visit


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