Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) is happy to announce that Ariana Katovich has been made its new Executive Director. Ariana previously was SBWCN’s Development Director and will continue to manage fundraising activities as well as oversee the vision, administration, and programs of the organization. “I am honored to provide the internal and external support to such a hard working, dedicated, and compassionate organization. Wildlife is integral to our community and I am passionate about the work done on a constant basis to save wild lives.”
“I can’t imagine a better person as Executive Director, Ari has done a wonderful job as director of development for Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. I’m excited for the future of SBWCN. “ Julia Parker Director of Facilities
Ariana graduated from UCSB where she co-founded the Coastal Fund, winning the Brower Youth Awards for those efforts. Post graduation she worked for the Sierra Club on the Gaviota Coast Campaign. Ariana then joined Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, CA as the Director of Restoration Initiatives, managing a grant program to fund watershed restoration in Southern California. As a “passion project” Ariana founded Streets Alive a successful public art program in the Bay Area, and has produced over 100 installations of public art. She then went on to be the Director of Operations for Cutting Edge Capital in Oakland, CA which works to grow and develop social entrepreneurship. Currently she is also pursuing her J.D. and is in her 3rd year of law school. Ariana brings a wealth of diverse experience to SBWCN.
SBWCN is in the midst of spring baby season, where the organization will take in over 30 new patients a day. Baby ducklings, Opossums, skunks, squirrels, songbirds, raptors, and many other animals are arriving constantly, in desperate need of care. SBWCN warmly invites the community to volunteer and/or donate to help SBWCN keep up the demand of caring for spring babies. SBWCN has cared for over 1340 animals so far in 2019.