John Brinker

John Brinker

John Brinker will be joining the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Don Barthelmess, board president, has announced.

Brinker has a long and distinguished history of volunteer involvement in the Santa Barbara community, and the museum’s staff and directors are looking forward to working with him in his new capacity.
Brinker is experienced in business, banking, investment management, new business development, and finance.

In addition to some 40 years of experience in banking as a vice president with PNC Financial in Pennsylvania and Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Pacific Capital Bancorp, Union Bank and Bernzott Capital Advisors in California, community involvement and service have been cornerstones of Brinker’s life.

He is perhaps best known in Santa Barbara for his work as chairman and past president of Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America and president of the Santa Barbara Club and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.

Over the years, he also has worked with the Santa Barbara Museum of National History, the Committee of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Laguna Blanca School, and the Channel Islands Naturalist Corps.

Brinkeris a graduate of Juniata College, where he served as a trustee for 16 years, and earned his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, he was a distinguished graduate of the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, and graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey with a certificate in Russian language.