Ronald V. Gallo, Ed.D.
Ronald V. Gallo, Ed.D., brings seventeen years of community foundation leadership to his position as president & CEO. Prior to joining the Santa Barbara Foundation, Ronald completed a tenure of fifteen years as the president & CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, one of the nation’s larger community foundations. Earlier in his career, he was the executive director of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund at Jacksonville, Florida and consultant to the Arthur D. Little Foundation at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
During his more than three decades in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership, Ronald has had a particular interest in sustaining equitable community development, identifying and supporting community-based leadership, improving health outcomes for communities, strengthening the arts, fostering creative partnerships between the private and public sectors, and identifying new models of philanthropy.
Ronald holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and asian studies from Connecticut College, a master of science degree in social work from Columbia University, a master of education degree in administration and planning from Harvard University, and a doctor of education degree in policy studies from Harvard University, where he completed a dissertation on the connection between language preservation and economic development among the indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, Mexico.