Symphony Announces Janet Garufis as President of the Board of Directors

Santa Barbara, CA. (March 2019) – The Santa Barbara Symphony is excited to announce the election of Janet Garufis as President of the Board of Directors. Garufis will succeed outgoing President Don Gilman, and step into this leadership role on July 1, 2019.

“The Symphony is part of the fabric that makes our community great,” shared Garufis. “We all cherish and honor the traditional and inventive programming that only a live classical music performance can provide. Our job, moving forward is to continue to work to stay relevant, reach broader audiences and create a truly sustainable organization for generations to come. I am honored to be a part this journey”

Garufis is the current Chairman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust. She began her distinguished banking career as a teller over 45 years ago with Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America. She rose through the ranks of retail banking and after completing the Security Pacific Management Training Program, successfully led retail banking, commercial banking, and private banking organizations. Janet joined Montecito Bank & Trust in 2004 and was promoted to President and CEO in 2006. In early 2014, she was invited to join the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank’s 12th District (CDIAC) and currently serves as the National CDIAC President. Ms. Garufis has been named American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women to Watch (2015), Pacific Coast Business Times’ Top 50 Women in Biz (2007 – 2017), Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Women of Inspiration (2012), and the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce’s Businesswoman of the Year (2010). She has served as the Chair of the Western Independent Bankers Association as well as Director of the Pacific Business Management Institute of Pacific Coast Banking School. Ms. Garufis’ extensive community service highlights include serving as a Trustee, Board of Director member, Board President and/or Co-Chair for a broad array of organizations such as Sansum Clinic®; Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara; Music Academy of the West; Goleta Chamber of Commerce; Casa Pacifica; CASA; Children’s Library of Santa Barbara; United Way Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara American Heart Association; and Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity.

“The Santa Barbara Symphony is very fortunate to have Janet as our next Board President to help continue our journey to  the next level of excellence,” shared Dr. Don Gilman, outgoing Board President. “After having seen firsthand the leadership that Janet has provided to Montecito Bank & Trust, and to so many other local non-profit organizations in our local community, I am confident that the Symphony as a whole will benefit immensely from her wisdom, her passion, and her experience. She is an excellent choice to lead the Symphony Board as we usher in a new era of artistic excellence, and drive our vision to provide the community with world-class performances and programs.”

The Symphony’s Board works to support the organization’s mission to enrich the community by creating powerful musical experiences performed with passion and excellence, and by providing indispensable music education and community engagement.

The Santa Barbara Symphony looks forward to sharing the upcoming season of thrilling and inspired programming with the community and visitors alike! For more information on the Santa Barbara Symphony, or its programming, visit

About The Santa Barbara Symphony

Now in its 71st year, The Santa Barbara Symphony delivers artistic excellence, outstanding music education stewardship and programming, and community collaboration – all through symphonic music. Under the artistic leadership of Maestro Nir Kabaretti as Music & Artistic Director since 2006, The Symphony is one of the region’s premier cultural institutions. Through his charismatic leadership, this globally admired conductor and Santa Barbara resident invigorates audiences and musicians alike through his passion, creativity, and vast experience. As the only music education program tied to a professional symphony orchestra in the region, The Symphony serves more than 4,000 students annually throughout Santa Barbara County. While The Symphony continues to evolve, bringing joy, engagement, and connection remain steadfast pillars of its mission and were evident in the organization’s ability to thrive during the pandemic including the historic announcement that board chair Janet Garufis and President & CEO Kathryn R Martin join Nir Kabaretti in making a five-year commitment to serve in their roles. For more information, visit

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