Staff

Jamie Collins

Executive Director

Jamie Balch Collins is a dedicated professional serving as the Executive Director, leveraging over 20 years of experience in youth development. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of the Pacific, she also participated in the Semester at Sea program, traveling to over 10 countries in just 3 months.

Jamie’s commitment to community service is evident through her involvement in various organizations. She is a proud member of the Carpinteria Rotary Club, a volunteer at the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center, and a committee member with Women Making Change. Notably, Jamie is a driving force behind the Carpinteria Non-Profit Collaborative, a collective effort established to unify local non-profits in the area. She also serves as co-chair with the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women. 

Recognized for her outstanding achievements, Jamie was honored in 2021, with the prestigious “40 Under 40” award by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Her multifaceted skill set encompasses operations management, fundraising, and accounting, demonstrating her comprehensive understanding of organizational dynamics.

Jamie is deeply motivated by her personal and professional values, striving to make a positive difference in the local community. With a passion for youth development and a track record of successful collaborative initiatives, she continues to be a driving force for positive change in the areas she serves.

Jamie@girlsinc-carp.org

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Tess Ortega

Development Director

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria welcomed our new Development Director Tess Ortega to Girls Inc. in July 2023. Ortega will be responsible for formulating and executing a comprehensive strategic plan to expand the organization’s funding base, cultivating donors, directing special events, and increasing philanthropic support. Tess brings over 8 years of administrative management experience and 5 years in nonprofit and private sector development. Ortega holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from California State University, Long Beach. She is pursuing her Master of Business Administration at the University of California, Davis emphasizing strategic management and organizational leadership.  

Tess@girlsinc-carp.org

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Kenya Rodriguez

Programs Director

Kenya has worked for the organization for 7 years; she was our Teen & Eureka! manager prior to her promotion to Program Director where she oversees our on-campus and outreach programs. She regularly launches new program models to reach more youth at our campus and community sites. Kenya is a Girls Inc. alumna who knows firsthand the power of an all-girl environment. She holds a B.A. in women’s and gender studies and is a certified College Board Counselor, working with our teens to ensure they are on the path to post-secondary education.  

Kenya@girlsinc-carp.org

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