John Glanville

John Glanville

Jeremy Jacobs

Jeremy Jacobs

John Glanville of Santa Barbara has joined the board of Santa Barbara-based ShelterBox USA, a global humanitarian disaster relief organization; and award-winning journalist and UCSB lecturer Jeremy Jacobs of Goleta has been hired as the organization’s director of communications.

Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter and other living essentials to more than 2 million people in disaster areas and conflict zones worldwide. It has responded to more than 300 disasters and deployed to 100 countries.

“ShelterBox USA will greatly benefit from the combined expertise and dedication of these superb additions to our board and staff,” said Kerri Murray, president of ShelterBox USA.

“We are thrilled John Glanville has joined the ShelterBox USA Board of Directors. John has a unique combination of business and nonprofit experience, coupled with an innate desire to serve locally and globally,” she said. “As a member of Rotary for decades, John understands the power of partnership and will help ShelterBox and Rotary to increase our impact around the world.

“Jeremy Jacobs brings deep experience as an award-winning reporter covering environmental and crisis issues. Jeremy has a diverse and dynamic background and brings extensive experience in communications. He will play an important and prominent role in shaping and strengthening our communications as we continue to grow and scale our humanitarian relief efforts.”

Understanding ShelterBox’s mission came into focus for Glanville through his personal experiences during the Montecito debris flow of 2018. The disaster struck San Ysidro Creek, which ran through his backyard, and he witnessed the rescue of friends and neighbors, tragic deaths, evacuations and the process of recovery and rebuilding.

“It was a life-changing event,” Glanville said. “The Montecito debris flow was one of those events where the term ‘natural disaster’ was brought right to my doorstep. Now, I have a better awareness of what it means to be in a natural disaster and how long it takes to recover.”

Glanville has some 25 years of experience in investment and portfolio management experience. He is the CEO/president of, an icon of the geographic content industry, and general manager of Benchmark Maps, which publishes recreational map products in the American West.

His experience in the nonprofit sector includes leadership roles with local Rotary Club chapters. ShelterBox is the project partner with Rotary International on disaster relief, and Glanville has been a Rotary member for some 25 years.

Glanville was also attracted to ShelterBox because of his background in project management and the increasing need for humanitarian aid due to climate change-fueled disasters and conflicts around the world.

“I’m a builder and I like to build things. One of the things I enjoy with Rotary is doing local, community projects, but we also have an international impact,” he said. “ShelterBox is instantaneous building. I have a fascination with the actual problem of what do you do when a volcano blows up and there are no buildings.”

Jacobs is an award-winning reporter and photographer, having most recently worked for E&E News, a nonpartisan news service on energy and environmental issues that is owned by POLITICO. His work has been published in The New York Times, Men’s Health, and the Jewish Daily Forward. He is also a lecturer in UCSB’s Environmental Studies Department.

Jacobs said he was attracted to ShelterBox because of the growing displacement problem around the world. As of last year, about 113 million people have been forced from their homes by conflict and disaster — an all-time high.

“Around the globe, we’re seeing the impacts of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict on the world’s most vulnerable,” Jacobs said. “I am excited to join ShelterBox USA and help tell the story of the incredibly important work this organization does to address all three.”

Jacobs graduated with honors from Stanford University and has a master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He recently co-led an effort to save 11 sports from discontinuation at Stanford, including mens volleyball, which he played.

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