The Blue Sky Center is a rural impact center with the mission to regenerate the economy, land, and communities of the Cuyama Valley through equitable partnerships and to share scalable models with other communities.
We envision a world with financial, social, and environmental equity. If you share our vision, learn how you can support us with your time, talents or treasure.
IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME
In 2012 Gene and Gail Zannon and the Zannon family determined that instead of continuing on their foundation’s work in perpetuity they would spend the foundation down into a legacy impact investment.
Gene understood private foundations traditionally do not fund capital improvements but saw a large need for non-profits, social businesses, and academic institutions to share space, align, and collaborate towards solutions on one of the most vexing and interconnected issues - climate change.
Gene also understood that across the United States, rural communities were being left behind and hollowed out and recognized that rural community development must exist in concert with action on climate change.
Today the Center has narrowed it's focus but remains under development and is continually adapting and evolving.
Em Johnson, Development Director
Elise Dixon, Americorps VISTA, Food Action Coordinator
Matthew Simeone, Americorps VISTA, Rural Community Designer
Julia Warner, Americorps VISTA, Rural Community Designer
Ryan Flanagan, Americorps VISTA Development Coordinator
Chris Budny, Facilities Manager
Board of Directors / Top Circle
Chris Cohen, Attorney - Sustainable Law Group
Ben Werner, Co-Founder - Sama Group
Joanna Kaufman, Urban Planner
Dr. Paul Chounet, Superintendent - Cuyama Joint Unified School District
Eric Junker, Artist/Designer/Entrepreneur
Cecelia Sullivan, CFO, Bpost International
Gene Zannon, Founder- Blue Sky Center & Owner, Santa Barbara Pistachio Co.
Gail Zannon, Owner- Santa Barbara Pistachio Co.
Marsha Bailey, Founder & Executive Director - Women's Economic Ventures
Arnott Duncan, Owner- Duncan Family Farms
Kathleen Duncan, Owner- Duncan Family Farms
Kyle Ashby, Entreprenuer, Start Up SB / Founder of SandBox Santa Barbara
Lee Moldaver, Board VP, Audoubon Society-Santa Barbara
Our Governance Model
Our governance structure is critical to achieving our mission, vision and aims. We employ a holistic governance model called sociocracy or dynamic governance. This system relies on three main principles: consent based decision making, double linking, and circle processes.
A dynamically governed organization is governed not just from the top down but bottom-up and includes semi-autonomous, self-organizing circles. Each circle has specific aims that work to achieve the organization's mission and each circles make decisions based on consent, allowing the organization to be nimble and dynamically steer itself over time.
Disclosures & Resources
Read our By-Laws
Read our Articles of Incorporation
Access our Impact Report: 2013-2016