Camie BarnwellThe Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Education has appointed a new Public Information Officer, longtime local education writer and award-winning journalist Camie Barnwell.

Barnwell—who begins her duties on June 24, 2019—brings to the role expertise in public and media relations, communications, writing and editing, and a deep understanding of Santa Barbara’s dynamic education community, which she has reported on for local media outlets over the past 22 years.

“I’m simply thrilled and honored to be selected to serve in this critical role and to be joining the district team,” Barnwell said. “In fact, I feel that I have been preparing for this work throughout my entire professional career.  I look forward to serving as that important link between the district and the community it serves.”

Barnwell speaks and writes Spanish fluently, is a successful grant writer, and earned her Master’s in Educational Counseling and PPS credential last year. A graduate of USC with degrees in Print Journalism and Spanish, she spent a decade reporting on education, government and other news for the Santa Barbara News Press. She worked in public relations and guest service management for the Chumash Casino Resort and later, in community outreach and customer relations at Citrix, now LogMeIn. She comes to the district directly from Fielding Graduate University, where she has served in a senior role on the admissions team.

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Camie Barnwell to our team. She understands our district both as a journalist and as a parent and will help communicate our story and our work to the Santa Barbara community” said Cary Matsuoka, Superintendent of Santa Barbara Unified School District.

Barnwell has worked as a freelance journalist for the Santa Barbara Independent and recently penned stories for two major editions focused on education and careers. Barnwell and her husband, former Santa Barbara City Councilman Brian Barnwell, have five children between them, all of whom attended Peabody Charter, Santa Barbara Junior High, and Santa Barbara High schools.