She succeeds Monica Spear, who resigned last spring after 20 years of service. Since then, Girls Inc. board member and advocate Tracy Jenkins has graciously served as interim CEO, helping the organization manage its growth and continue its valuable work in the community throughout the transition.
“Barbara is an experienced leader with deep roots in the community, and we are thrilled to welcome her as our new CEO,” says Christi Sulzbach, president of the Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara board of trustees. “She is dedicated to women and children’s issues as well as education, and we’re certain that under Barbara’s leadership, we will deepen our impact and our reach so we may continue to empower the girls of our community.”
Ben-Horin brings more than 35 years of experience as a leader and fundraiser for major nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. For the last five years, she served as Director of Development at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA). Prior to that, she held the position of CEO for the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College (SBCC), ranked California’s top community college, where she lead the organization in implementing a full program of advancement and development activities.
To learn more about Girls Inc., please visit www.girlsincsb.org.