With over 14 years of professional chamber leadership experience, Donaldson has a proven history of enhancing operations, bolstering financial stability, increasing visibility, and strengthening community and government relations. She has served as President and CEO for the Carpinteria Valley Chamber since June 2015.
Donaldson holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science and has consistently continued her education, keeping abreast of current chamber trends and best practices. She is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Organization Management (IOM) and 2012 graduate of the California Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy (W.A.C.E.). Donaldson is a graduate of Leadership Coachella Valley, CA and a graduate of Leadership Macomb, MI.
Donaldson served as President and CEO of the Indio Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2014. Prior to resigning to travel and study abroad in 2014, she achieved Four Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in 2013, placing the Indio Chamber in the top three percent nationwide. Donaldson also served as Executive Director of the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce in Romeo, Michigan for seven years before moving to California.
Donaldson is the proud Mother of two sons, Bryan and Zachary, both in the entertainment industry, and both reside with their new brides in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, tennis, puppy-sitting, and stargazing.
Virtual Web & Design Master
Rachel Wylie graduated from the University of California Davis in 2014, with a B.S. in Community & Regional Development. For several years she explored her interest in local food by working at farmers markets and on farms in Santa Cruz, CA. She served as the Right-Hand & Operations Manager for an organic farm-direct popsicle business, where she earned the unofficial title Jill-of-all-Trades for her talent at working in all aspects of the business.
In late 2016, Rachel moved to Santa Barbara. She joined the Chamber team as an Administrative Assistant and quickly stepped into the robust role of Business Resource Coordinator, where she worked with a focus on efficiency, expediency, and excellent customer service. She helped organized the first Open Streets Carpinteria and achieved Green Business Certification for the Chamber. After a year, Rachel's life called for a restructuring of work. She is now our Virtual Web & Design Master, managing our new website, supporting members with any website questions, and also designing all of the Chamber's marketing materials.
She spends her free time walking the beach picking up trash, soaking up the sunshine, surfing, hiking, gardening, reading, and dabbling in creative projects. She still sometimes dreams of popsicles.
We had the fortune to attend the first Culinary Crawl sponsored by the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce this past Friday. Two colleagues and I sampled cuisine from several restaurants, bars, chocolaterias, and bakeries we had not previously visited. We also enjoyed the live guitar music and art gallery exhibition at our final destination. I will definitely return soon to enjoy more of these fun places!
The idea of advertising the participating business establishments on white aprons was a stroke of genius. As we walked the streets going from site to site on our list, we were asked by at least five people what was the celebratory event. We had fun explaining the idea of a Culinary Crawl to people from Pasadena, France, Germany, and other distant locales.
We were also impressed with the graciousness and superlative knowledge shown by chamber representative Joyce Donaldson. She was thoroughly versed with Carpinteria facts, history, businesses, and trends in the city. Joyce is an ideal goodwill ambassador for the city and its chamber of commerce.
Art Olguin, SBCC