Staff Report

Longtime Santa Barbara resident and nonprofit leader Jan Campbell is the new executive director of Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) for Santa Barbara County.

Campbell has more than 30 years of experience in leadership and community engagement, with a background in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, and communications.

“I am excited to take on the executive leadership position at Domestic Violence Solutions,” she said. “The board and staff have done outstanding work to deliver on the mission of the agency, and I am dedicated to building on the strong foundation they have established. As a long-time supporter and advocate of DVS, I look forward to actively participating in their critical and impactful work.”

Campbell worked most recently as the chief philanthropic officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation. In that position, she oversaw the foundation’s community investment and donor services functions and helped to raise and steward hundreds of millions of dollars for the foundation and its initiatives.

“We are so pleased to welcome Jan Campbell as our new executive director,” said Maura Mitchell, DVS board president. “Her deep experience in the nonprofit world, combined with her leadership skills and passion for DVS’ mission, make her the perfect next leader for our agency.”

Campbell will work with current executive director Charles Anderson until his retirement in June to ensure a seamless transition for the agency.

Under Anderson’s leadership, DVS increased its North County shelter capacity from 28 to 60 clients, remodeled and redecorated all of its facilities and returned the agency to solid financial footing.

DVS provides the county’s only 24-hour shelter services for victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as transitional housing programs for domestic violence survivors.

It also operates four 24-hour hotlines; accompanies law enforcement on domestic violence calls; provides teen outreach and other education programs; and provides comprehensive counseling services to men, women, and children affected by domestic violence.

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