Briana Sapp Tivey Joins Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center as Director of Marketing and Communications

November 16, 2017

Briana Sapp Tivey. Courtesy photo.

SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Sea Center is proud to announce Briana Sapp Tivey as its new Director of Marketing and Communications.

Sapp Tivey brings to the Museum and Sea Center more than 10 years of experience in nonprofits and higher education in the U.S. and abroad, with expertise in marketing, communications, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Museum and Sea Center, Sapp Tivey was Deputy to the Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director and interim Director of Marketing and Communications for the system-wide University of California Education Abroad Program, where she helped encourage students from all 10 UC campuses to study abroad in more than 40 countries.

Sapp Tivey was also marketing and communications manager for the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, a local nonprofit that organizes community classes, education programs, cultural events, and social services.

“I am delighted to join the Museum and Sea Center during an exciting time of renewal and innovation,” Sapp Tivey said. “It is my dream job to serve this beloved institution, in a role that allows me to combine my love of nature, animals, and Santa Barbara with my passion for marketing nonprofit organizations.”

Sapp Tivey is a graduate of the American University of Paris, where she received a bachelor’s degree in French studies and world politics, and the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques in Brussels, Belgium where she received a master’s degree (cum laude) in international politics. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Marketing at UCSB and is a freelance graphic designer in her spare time.

About the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History: Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History strives to instill a passion for learning and discovery among its patrons. The museum aims to build relationships with the Santa Barbara community as well as encourage members and all visitors to seek a better understanding of the world around them. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit

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