Carrie Mullen joined the leadership staff at Land Trust as Development Director in July. 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.
“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.”