The Arts Fund could not carry out it's mission without the talented staff, volunteers and board of directors. 

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Paula Poortinga, Programs Manager

Paula brings her expertise as a working artist, scholar, and community arts organizer to her role at the Arts Fund. Her passion for the arts propels her deeply into her projects, with the objective of bringing people together to experience and celebrate art forms of all kinds.


As Programs Manager she hopes to engage Santa Barbara county with its artists in new and exciting ways to support connection, promotion, and enrichment. Paula is an Art History graduate from Indiana University, photographer, and sculptor.


Lynette Ledbetter, Grantwriter

We’re excited to welcome our new grant writer, Lynette to The Arts Fund Family.


Lynette is a Santa Barbara native, former English teacher and writer who has been creating children’s content for entertainment and publishing companies such as Disney, Mattel and LeapFrog for thirty years. She is also a committed human rights advocate who volunteers for the United Nations and a nationwide crisis and resource hotline for transgender youth. She’s a skydiver who’s afraid of heights, a long distance runner who dislikes exercise, and an enthusiastic but cringe-worthy piano player.

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Tiffany Chen, Community Gallery Intern

Join us in welcoming Tiffany Chen as our newest intern to The Arts Fund Family!


Tiffany Chen is a 4th year Film and Media Studies major and double minor in art history and geography. They joined the Arts Fund because they believe that accessible art can reinvent how we perceive art. They hope that through helping others engage with the infinite number of creative possibilities, they can play a part in enriching our beautiful Santa Barbara community. 


Fun fact about Tiffany: They play the piano, violin, and bass guitar!

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Jamie Dufek, Acting Executive Director

Jamie Dufek has been serving on the board of the Arts Fund since 2015. A native Minnesotan, she earned a BA in Studio Art and holds a MBA with a specific focus in nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility. Currently she works for TIGER 21, a membership organization for successful, high-net worth entrepreneurs and has her own consulting business for non-profits focused on fundraising and board cultivation.


Jamie's passion is centered around service and community, and currently serves as  Communications Chair for The Women's Fund and also serves on the board of A Different Point of View. Jamie is a mixed media and print artist and teaches art classes on the West Side with students K-12. 


Dominique Padron, North County Program Outreach Volunteer

Dominique Padron is a Santa Maria native and Teen Arts Mentorship Program alumni. Dominique assists with program coordination and outreach in North Santa Barbara County. After taking 4 years of mentorship classes, Dominique is now studying Nursing and Graphic Design at Allan Hancock College.


Kelly Grogan, Graphic Design Volunteer

Kelly is an experienced and innovative creative professional with demonstrated skills in communications, editing, graphic design, marketing and branding, grant writing, and business development. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute for Literary Arts and Antioch University, Los Angeles with the support of a private grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She also hosts OUT LOUD, a bi-monthly reading series in Santa Barbara.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time exploring the mountains near Santa Barbara with her partner and their two dogs.