New Year, New Team + 2022 NPRN User Survey

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NPRN Family,

With 2022 now well underway, we have a few exciting transitions to share with our incredible community, along with a request for your input as we seek to improve the NPRN experience.

  • New Year, New Team
  • NPRN User Survey (Plus, free sandwiches up for grabs!)

New Year, New Team

First and foremost, we would like to thank and honor Pam Lewis, former Executive Director of the Hutton Parker Foundation, for her dedication to and support of the Nonprofit Resource Network over the last nine years.

Pam has been the key individual to help develop and sustain a vision for NPRN as a digital hub for the Santa Barbara County nonprofit sector. Not only was she a crucial networker and fundraiser for NPRN – Pam has been our chief cheerleader and primary confidant, with whom the NPRN team would meet frequently to ensure the relevance of our programming and direction.
Thank you for your years of service and dedication, Pam!

In an effort to make sure NPRN has continued support and vision, a new Steering Committee has been formed, to be co-chaired by Gary Clark of the Santa Barbara Foundation and Patricia Solorio of the Fund for Santa Barbara. Together, Gary and Patricia will serve as key liaisons and thought partners to LOACOM, the agency responsible for NPRN’s day-to-day programming. Gary and Patricia have spent years in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and are perfectly suited to pick up where Pam left off, providing advice and guidance to NPRN’s Community Managers.

Along with Gary and Patricia, we are excited to introduce the new NPRN Steering Committee. The committee is a consortium of nonprofit professionals with decades of valuable insight and experience working with a wide range of nonprofit, business, and government entities in our region. The Steering Committee will serve in an advisory capacity, offering insights and providing direction and feedback to the NPRN team.
The Steering Committee members include:

Ernesto Paredes, CEO 

Kristen Sullivan, Ph.D., Executive Director
Towbes Foundation

Emilie Neumann, Executive Director
Patricia & Paul Bragg Foundation

(Emeritus) Pam Lewis, COO
Hutton Parker Foundation

Lastly, we would like to announce a transition of leadership among NPRN Community Managers. David Fortson, LOACOM’s former CEO and Pam’s main NPRN colleague, has stepped back as part of LOACOM’s own internal transitions. Thank you, Dave, for being a pillar of NPRN’s growth!

Stepping in to fill Dave’s role is Eric Cárdenas, LOACOM’s new CEO. Eric has years of working with and studying the nonprofit sector, having worked as staff and board for a number of agencies. He is excited to offer a fresh perspective as NPRN continues to grow and evolve.

Over the coming weeks and months, the new NPRN team hopes to provide new opportunities for learning, growth, and engagement across the entire nonprofit landscape. We hope you like what you see and, as always, look forward to your support and feedback.

Our NPRN Community Managers, Eric Cárdenas, Maile Diana Schoonover, and AlanaPowell, have been working together closely during the new year to analyze trends in our community’s use of NPRN’s digital communication tools.

In response — and as part of an effort to improve the NPRN user experience — we’ve developed a brief survey to help guide our approach throughout the year. Please take a few moments to fill out the survey below.

Feeling Hungry? Ten randomly selected respondents to complete this survey will receive a $20 gift card to South Coast Deli for lunch on us. 

Thank you for your continued support!

Your new NPRN team,
—Gary, Patricia, Eric, Maile, and Alana

This survey is now closed. Thank you!

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