Palmer G. Jackson, Jr. is a fourth generation Santa Barbara native. A graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Palmer has spent his career in consumer marketing, high technology, nonprofit management and fundraising.
Palmer currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Granada Theatre. He also serves as Managing Trustee of the Ann Jackson Family Foundation. Palmer recently completed two years as Chair of the Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable, a group of about 25 local foundations that meet monthly and also sponsor the annual Partnership For Excellence Conference for local nonprofits.
As an active member of the Santa Barbara business community, Palmer helped found American Riviera Bank in 2005 and served as a director until 2009. American Riviera Bank was the first new community bank formed in Santa Barbara in decades and now has assets of more than $600 million.
Palmer has spent countless hours volunteering and leading Nonprofit boards in Santa Barbara. He spent 11 years as a Trustee of the Lobero Theater Foundation and served as Chairman from 2007 to 2010. He has served as a Trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History since 2006 and as Chair from 2011 to 2013. Palmer chaired the Museum’s successful $20 million capital campaign from 2013 to 2018 and was designated a Life Trustee in 2018. Palmer has also served on the board of the Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable since 2016 and served as Chair from 2018 to 2020. Since 2016, Palmer has also chaired Santa Barbara’s annual nonprofit summit, The Partnership For Excellence Conference. Palmer joined the board of The Granada Theatre in 2014, served as Chairman from 2017 to 2018 and Executive Chairman beginning in 2019. Palmer is a former Trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation, Cate School, Crane Country Day School and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club.