F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Karisa Lim
For: Assignment Editor
Casa Pacifica Promotes Carrie Hughes to Chief Development Officer
Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica is proud to announce the promotion of Carrie Hughes to Chief Development Officer. Ms. Hughes has been with Casa Pacifica since 1999, with all her 21 years spent as a member of the Development Department. She has held several key positions over the years, each with increasing leadership responsibilities. Since 2013 she has served as the Director of Development & Public Relations.
Ms. Hughes contributions to Casa Pacifica over the years have been many. Her leadership has blossomed the annual Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival into a premier event in our region – from a few hundred attendees and a handful of exhibitors in its early years to 4,500 guests and over 150 vendors in its most recent iteration – supported by her composition of a strong events team. The Festival raises important and significant funding each year to support Casa Pacifica’s programs and services.
Ms. Hughes was an integral part of the planning and completion (2018) of the agency’s $16.6 million “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign which expanded Casa Pacifica’s facilities to accommodate new programs and serve more youth and families.
Ms. Hughes has also been a leader in helping the Development team grow over the years – putting together an excellent, dedicated, and highly capable team - along with its success in meeting its fundraising targets each year. Because of her accomplishments in Casa Pacifica’s fundraising strategy, she was named the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Santa Barbara/Ventura Chapter’s 2018 “Fundraising Professional of the Year.” She served on the Board of the AFP chapter for 10 years, including as its President in 2015. Under her presidency, the chapter was awarded the “Diversity and Inclusion” designation and the chapter’s first-time Ten Star Gold Award. Ms. Hughes is also a member of the Camarillo Rotary Club, a graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy, and was named a Top 50 Woman in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times in 2019.
A sincere and true passion for caring for and helping kids was Ms. Hughes original motivation for seeking employment at Casa Pacifica 21 years ago, and it continues to be so. In her position as Chief Development Officer, Ms. Hughes will lead the strategic direction of fundraising for the agency, with the goal to cultivate and instill a culture of philanthropy with current and prospective donors, as well as ensure the Development team continues to thrive and succeed in furtherance of Casa Pacifica’s important mission to meet the vital needs of our community’s most vulnerable children, young adults, and families. Ms. Hughes shares, “I am honored to fill this important role at Casa Pacifica and inspired by all the opportunities ahead. I look forward to continuing to build important relationships with members of our community, to cultivating a passion for philanthropy in support of Casa Pacifica’s important mission, and to help lead and ensure Casa Pacifica’s success for the next 25 years in healing and changing for the better the lives of those in our community in the greatest need.”
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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. Casa Pacifica is also a foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.
Casa Pacifica’s Mission Statement: Casa Pacifica restores hope, enhances resilience, and strengthens community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives.