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 Impact Lab

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.

Santa Barbara County ACEs Connection Network

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.

Isla Vista Opportunity Assessment and Community Center Action Plan

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.

Carbon Farm Planning and Cachuma Resource Conservation District Support

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.

Montecito and City of Santa Barbara Cool Block Initiative

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.

Montecito Disaster Recovery

LegacyWorks is supporting local recovery efforts in a variety of ways:

  • providing communications and strategy support to the Partnership for Resilient Communities, a local nonprofit formed to assist the County in recovery and planning,
  • serving on the AIA-SB (American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara) Community Recovery Team steering committee, helping this volunteer group of building and land use professionals assist local residents rebuild homes and neighborhoods
  • leading neighborhood organizing efforts to bring neighbors together around the community’s priorities to address risks, prepare for future disasters and improve neighborhoods
  • creating and maintaining systems maps that capture the full range of agency, nonprofit, business and funder activity in the key arenas within disaster recovery and resiliency work in the community
  • assisting the land trust and county agencies with the work required to raise FEMA and CalOES disaster relief and mitigation funds and implement important projects in the community


Cuyama Valley Food System Investments Opportunity Assessment

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.

Local Food System Investing Strategy

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.

Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint Plan Design Phase

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.

Refugio Oil Spill Nonprofit Hotwash Facilitation

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.

Antioch University Debt Refinancing

LegacyWorks supported Antioch University to develop a creative suite of financing solutions to refinance a restrictive debt facility and meet current capital needs.

Allan Hancock College Facilitation

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.

Our Santa Barbara Team

Carl Palmer

Carl Palmer

Founder, Board President and Executive Director

Carl is the founder of LegacyWorks Group. Carl has led innovative community impact initiatives for…

Tynes Viar

Tynes Viar

Director of Resources and Strategic Partnerships

Tynes has been fully immersed in innovative land projects, community regeneration and place-based education for…

Jessica Elliott

Jessica Elliott

Operations Manager and Conservation Planner

Jessica brings a wide array of experience to her role from both the administrative management…

Devin Rothman

Devin Rothman

Project Manager

Devin Rothman recently completed a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara’s…

Megan Miley

Megan Miley


Megan has over 25 years experience in communications and design. Before LegacyWorks, she led the…