Director of Development christine@sbms.org

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Christine Smith Cowles

Born and raised in Houston, Texas (yes, I like country music), I graduated from Trinity University in 1994 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies. In 1996, my love of the outdoors lead me to volunteer at Amistad National Recreation Area running their visitor center and assisting with an archeology survey.

Moving to Yosemite National Park in 1997, I spent four wonderful years as Media Relations Coordinator.

In late 2000, following the call of the ocean, I moved to Santa Barbara and worked as Development Coordinator for The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. I worked on the capital campaign to raise $7.1 million for the acquisition of the Arroyo Hondo Preserve on the Gaviota Coast. I also raised individual, foundation and government grant funds to restore the Carpinteria Salt Marsh. Both properties are open the public and I recommend taking a docent-led hike.

From May 2004 - January 2006, I worked as Brand Manager at CallWave, Inc., a company that delivers VoIP-based applications to consumers and telecom service providers, and developed online advertisements and customer retention campaigns. But that wasn't really for me.

And luckily, Santa Barbara Middle School found me in early 2006, where I have been working as Director of Development ever since.

My newest passion involves an outrigger canoe and my awesome 2012 Santa Barbara Outrigger Canoe Club Novice Team, and my favorite part of working at SBMS is helping students become more comfortable in the ocean. Stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, and trips to LA and SF for art exhibits are among my favorite ways to unwind.

Christine (left) and Development Associate Laurie Lauer (right) after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on bicycle.