OUR TEAM




Not long ago, the idea of running an operating foundation that served children and youth was just an idea and a dream of our founders. They knew that if they were going to see that dream become a reality, they would need to build the right team to help. Pro Deo Foundation’s mission is too critical not to bring in the best people possible. With the team in place, we are confident that we have the right people in place to help us work towards our mission for years to come.

 

Our team is a small group of men and women who are passionate about using our skills and gifts effectively, and we are dedicated and committed to finding ways to create the pathways necessary for the children and youth of Santa Barbara County to flourish.


A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. 

Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. 

~Margaret Mead 


The Team

Click on a photo to learn more about each of us.

Chris Pritchett

CEO

Chris’ passion and life commitment come from a simple opening line of a Mary Oliver poem: My work is loving the world. A native of Southern California, Chris experienced both the joys and thrills of a playful childhood, the traumas of a deeply broken adolescence, and the ongoing redemption of Christ in every aspect of his life. Trained as a Presbyterian Pastor (PCUSA), Chris has served churches in Southern California and Washington, most recently as senior pastor of John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle. He is currently serving as parish associate at Summerland Presbyterian Church and serving on the board of the Henri Nouwen Society while leading the Pro Deo Foundation. Chris holds degrees from Westmont College, Fuller and Princeton Seminaries and is currently working on his doctorate in global leadership from Portland Seminary. He is interested in social entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as the practice of institutional leadership as a necessary vehicle for the transformation of lives and the common good of society. Chris met his wife, Devon, at Westmont, and together they enjoy an active lifestyle with their three children, Hannah, Abby, and Lucas. They currently live in Carpinteria, CA. His other pursuits include driving to soccer fields, surfing, hiking, traveling, contemplative practice, enjoying a local craft IPA, making cold-processed artisan soap.

Dave Roberts

COO

After 26 years of running youth programs and communications for churches, Dave joins the Pro Deo Foundation as the Director of Communication and Programs. He not only brings a wealth of experience working in a non-profit sector but also a passion for seeing children and youth flourish. Dave is married to Rachel and together they have two daughters who keep life busy and full. Outside of his work for the foundation, Dave enjoys soccer, spending time at the beach, cooking, and being with his family.

Rachel Roberts

Director of Product Development

Rachel brings years of experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur with her to the Pro Deo Foundation. She will put the skills she honed as an entrepreneur to work for Pro Deo as our assistant program director. Rachel has a wealth of ideas and gifts that will help us create innovative and effective programs for kids. Rachel is married with two daughters, and outside of work, she enjoys being creative, spending time in the sun at the beach and being with her family.

Devon Pritchett

Community Relations Coordinator

Bio coming soon
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