Maggie Campbell Named Executive Director
updated: May 19, 2014, 2:48 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Downtown Organization
The Board of Directors for Downtown Santa Barbara announced today
that Maggie Campbell has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the
organization in Santa Barbara, California.
The search for the new leader for Downtown Santa Barbara was national and included
candidates from the Santa Barbara region and across the country. Campbell's first day on
the job will be June 16.
"Maggie is a national leader and respected visionary in the field of managing and building a
Business Improvement District," said Downtown Santa Barbara Board President Gene
McKnight. "The Board of Directors of the DO could not be happier to have such a veteran
and extraordinarily talented professional as our Executive Director."
Campbell has been dedicated to downtown revitalization and development for more than
25 years, and she has a long history in leadership roles with similar efforts in diverse
communities such as Downtown St. Louis, Missouri; the renowned Old Pasadena District in
Pasadena, California; Arlington, Texas; and the historic West End District in Dallas, Texas.
Most recently, she served as President and CEO of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis,
where she managed the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District, a similar
entity to the BID in Downtown Santa Barbara. Early in her career, she was the Special
Events Manager for Downtown Fort Worth, Texas, where she was responsible for major
special events such as the MAIN ST Fort Worth Arts Festival, the Parade of Lights, and the
Fort Worth Fourth. Maggie is a longtime member of the International Downtown
Association and the Urban Land Institute where she is a regular guest speaker at regional
and national conferences.
"I am thrilled to be coming back to California, and honored and excited to be joining such a
vital organization as Downtown Santa Barbara," Maggie Campbell said. "I visited the
Downtown area of Santa Barbara for years, and never imagined I would be given the
amazing opportunity to live here and make a difference in the community, while managing
such a successful downtown organization."
Downtown Santa Barbara serves as the champion and advocate for the merchants and
property owners of the downtown district in Santa Barbara, California, with more than 1400
members. The Downtown Organization represents a vibrant, authentic downtown core that
celebrates itself as an urban community and an internationally known destination. It also
manages the Downtown Santa Barbara Business Improvement District (BID), providing
enhanced services to make Downtown Santa Barbara a cleaner, safer and more vibrant place
for visitors, investors, and residents.
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