Rachel Johnson originally hails from Toronto, ON, where she earned her M.A. in Art History before heading to UCSB for a doctorate in the same field. After transitioning from academia into the non-profit sector, she worked for two years at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as their Grants Manager before moving to the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College in 2017. Rachel’s mission for her work is rooted in social justice and educational equity, priorities shared by the Foundation for SBCC and the many organizations for which Rachel volunteers.
Working at the Foundation for SBCC has placed Rachel at the center of many programs that serve our community and has provided the opportunity to work with an incredibly broad spectrum of people and issues in Santa Barbara County. She has worked with and for the LGBTQIA community, formerly incarcerated students, veterans, countywide food insecurity initiatives, arts education, programs for underrepresented students at SBCC, sustainability initiatives, and many more. Her experience as a grant-seeker makes her well versed in a variety of grant processes and has naturally encouraged a high level of engagement with other nonprofits, foundations, and social sector organizations in our community.
When she’s not working to support the College’s myriad programs and community collaborations, Rachel volunteers with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara, The Fund for Santa Barbara, and TEDxSantaBarbara. Outside of the office, she is usually hiking our local trails, training for her next fitness competition, or planning her next international trip. Rachel is an alumnus of the Leading from Within Emerging Leaders Program and an active member of the CASE Federal Funding Task Force and the Santa Barbara/Ventura chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.