Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara CEO to Depart at Year End

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara CEO to Depart at Year End
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Source: Girls Inc.

Having completed five years leading Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara (GIGSB), Barbara Ben-Horin announced today she will leave the CEO position of the pro-girl nonprofit at the end of the year. Throughout 2020, Barbara has been instrumental in helping Girls Inc. weather the challenges to the organization and its service model during the pandemic.

Since Ben-Horin joined the nonprofit in January 2016, the organization has expanded its Teen Center programming, overhauled its emergency planning, and advanced its advocacy efforts on behalf of girls’ rights and opportunities.

“I believe deeply in Girls Inc.’s vision of empowered girls in an equitable society and have been energized by the ‘why’ of our work,” says Ben-Horin. “I am impressed every day by the girls and teens we serve and am grateful to the deeply dedicated Girls Inc. staff. I believe my efforts have moved Girls Inc. forward, and that it is the right time to turn the reins over to new leadership.”

Prior to assuming the CEO position with GIGSB, Ben-Horin served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation and as Director of Development at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

“The Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara board and staff are grateful to Barbara for her dedicated service and for the foundation she helped build, upon which we will grow the organization’s future,” says GIGSB Board President Tracy Jenkins.

The board of directors will engage in a search for new executive leadership early in 2021. Ben-Horin is looking forward to a well-deserved break before considering her various future opportunities.

“Crisis opens our minds to new modes of thinking and doing, once considered impossible or too bold to imagine,” says Ben-Horin. “Girls Inc. has carefully and successfully served girls and teens during the pandemic, extended our support to their families, and developed partnerships to serve the larger Santa Barbara community. Our efforts fill me with pride and hope for Girls Inc.”


Our vision: empowered girls in an equitable society. For more than 60 years, Girls Inc. has inspired girls in our community to be strong, smart, and bold. As one of 82 Girls Inc. affiliates in the U.S., we advance girls’ rights and opportunities through direct service and advocacy, based in the belief that every girl deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and independent. In 2019, Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara served nearly 1,300 girls, ages 5-18, through after-school and summer camp enrichment programs, a dedicated teen center, and recreational-to-competitive gymnastics programs.

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