Our work in Santa Barbara focuses on fundamental support for a number of local organizations
and is growing into several county-wide initiatives spanning all parts of our local social sector.
Leading from Within (LFW) is a local nonprofit that invests in leaders who drive and create change in Santa Barbara County and beyond to achieve a more collaborative and innovative social sector. LegacyWorks co-facilitated the creation of LFW’s Impact Lab 1.0, an innovative initiative designed to launch the LFW Network into experimental collaboration for social sector impact.
Building on Impact Lab 1.0, LegacyWorks is facilitating the Impact Lab’s Pioneer Project - launching the Santa Barbara County ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection Network, a cross-sector collaboration working toward a shared vision of community resiliency built on a foundation of trust and healthy relationships.
LegacyWorks is helping the IV Recreation and Park District, IV Community Services District, UCSB and others prioritize community impact opportunities in Isla Vista and develop an action plan for the Isla Vista Community Center.
LegacyWorks helps farmers and ranchers develop carbon farm plans, raise funding, and implement conservation practices that sequester carbon, increase soil water holding capacity and improve habitat and forage production. LegacyWorks also provides ongoing support to our local Resource Conservation District including developing strategy for collaborative initiatives, communications, mapping and fundraising.
LegacyWorks, in partnership with The Empowerment Institute, is implementing the Cool Block program in Montecito in 2019-2022 and assisting with the launch of the program in the City of Santa Barbara. This innovative, action-oriented program empowers community organizing, climate action, disaster preparation and community betterment block by block. It is part of the Cool Cities Challenge and Cool California initiative, designed to to help all Californians reduce their environmental impact and be part of the climate change solution.
LegacyWorks is supporting local recovery efforts in a variety of ways:
LegacyWorks facilitated a task force in the Cuyama Valley (in northeastern Santa Barbara County) to identify and prioritize opportunities to address chronic rural food insecurity, catalyze investment in land and food systems, and contribute to a regional strategy around the greater county foodshed.
LegacyWorks created an Action Plan featuring six priority strategies to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem to support the vibrant local food system envisioned in the county’s Food Action Plan.
LegacyWorks helped the Land Trust For Santa Barbara and its partners develop a strategy for creating a report and online mapping portal for the community’s natural resources.
LegacyWorks facilitated a one-day debrief with key environmental organizations and the State Office of Spill Prevention and Response on lessons learned from the 2015 Refugio Oil Spill and the controversies surrounding its management.
LegacyWorks supported Antioch University to develop a creative suite of financing solutions to refinance a restrictive debt facility and meet current capital needs.
LegacyWorks facilitated three focus groups with a wide array of cross-sector representatives for Allan Hancock College’s effort to assess the need for new agriculture education programs.
Carl is the founder of LegacyWorks Group. Carl has led innovative community impact initiatives for…
Tynes has been fully immersed in innovative land projects, community regeneration and place-based education for…
Jessica brings a wide array of experience to her role from both the administrative management…
Devin Rothman recently completed a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara’s…
Megan has over 25 years experience in communications and design. Before LegacyWorks, she led the…
Leslie recently earned her Master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management…