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Lobero Theatre Foundation
33 E. Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Telephone: 805-679-6005
Our Staff
Jim Dougherty Jim Dougherty
Director of Planned Giving
Heritage Campaign

Jim holds a BA degree and Secondary Teaching credential from Chapman University and a Master's degree from Brown University. During Jim's varied career, he taught high school Earth Science and held various University Administration positions (Dean of Students, Director of Alumni Relations, Director of Annual Giving.) He has also been a tennis, football and basketball coach, a stockbroker, the CEO of small public company and of course a nonprofit fundraiser (Brown University, UCSB, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Fielding Institute, Chapman University, Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera and the Lobero Theatre Foundation.)

Jim's fundraising career began in 1977 at Brown University at the end of his tenure as Dean of Students. He served as the point man for the president of the University in kicking off the first phase of a $225 M capital campaign. He was recruited by UCSB to oversee the restructuring of their Annual Fund in1978 and three years later was asked to direct a capital campaign at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art to add a new wing. For several years following his work with the Museum, he consulted for Hospice of Santa Barbara and the Fielding Institute.

In 1996 Jim agreed to serve as the interim Director of the Chapman University Alumni Association. Although he had agreed to stay no more than one year it was not until 1998 that he returned to Santa Barbara as Director of Development for the Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, where he had the unfortunate task of helping write the final chapter in the CLO's life as a presenter of Musical Theatre. In 2000 Jim became Director of Development for the Lobero Theatre Foundation and found nirvana.

Jim has served on the Rhode Island Governor's Council on Drug Abuse, the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club, Hospice Board of Directors, Hospice Foundation's Board of Directors, Montessori Center School Board of Directors and the Montessori Center School Development Committee.

Honors: Brown University Honorary Masters ad eundem, Chapman Alumnus of the Year, 2014 AFP Fundraiser of the Year (Santa Barbara County).


David Asbell David Asbell
Executive Director

David graduated from University of Denver with a degree in Economics before submerging himself in a career in the arts. He came to the Lobero from the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta where he ran the performing arts programming for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Prior to that he had been the Operations Director at Atlanta Ballet for 14 years.

Since 1996, David has worked hard to make the Lobero the bustling, vibrant performing arts venue that it is. He created the Lobero LIVE and Jazz at the Lobero series, bringing truly legendary artists to the stage. He has had a leading role in the completion of more than $10 million in major renovations both behind the scenes and in the auditorium. Most important, David has championed the Lobero's essential role as a community resource, a place that our local artists call home and touring artists love to visit.


Brandon Mowery Brandon Mowery
Director of Development

Brandon is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, and got his start in Development work in their student call center. He then moved to UC Santa Barbara where he spent 15 years in a variety of lead development roles, raising millions of dollars for the annual fund, regional office, and departments of Science and the College of Engineering. Notable accomplishments included helping and expanding the strategic growth of a development program for the College of Engineering and the Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences. His strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations worked to address the academic priorities of the Dean of Science and Dean of Engineering.

Beyond establishing innovative fundraising ideas for the Lobero Theatre Foundation, Brandon can be found on the sidelines of many of his kids' sports teams in AYSO, Boys and Girls Club, DPLL and the Page Youth Center, with a clear preference in coaching his favorite sport, basketball. He is a family oriented individual who also relishes spending time with his wife and two children, who all enjoy spending time at the Lobero Theatre.


Marianne Clark Marianne Clark
Foundation Administrator

Marianne came to the Lobero in 1997 from the world of social services. She had been a vocalist in high school and college, and had long wanted to return in a meaningful way to the arts. She began as the theatre's Administrative Assistant, but soon learned to wear many hats. She has served as the Youth Programs coordinator, grant writer, Interim Director of Development, and Annual Fund Director. She recently returned to an administrative role in order to facilitate the Heritage Campaign, assist with theatre operations and serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors.


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