Chris Slaughter

Executive Director

Chris Slaughter is Executive Director of the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, leading a revitalization effort for the only children’s museum in Santa Barbara County. An accomplished marketing and public relations professional with over 30 years of experience with a wide range of feature film, television, entertainment, retail and service companies, Chris has been instrumental in branding multiple organizations and companies.

Chris is currently a Trustee of the Santa Barbara Foundation and has been involved in numerous non-profits over the last 20 years, including the Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation, where she was a founding board member and five-year president, and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, where she was Capital Campaign Co-Chair for our current 13,000 square-foot facility and a long-time board member. Chris is also a board member of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Vitality Team of Santa Barbara County.

A graduate of UCLA, Slaughter first worked for Entertainment Tonight and was Associate Producer of Personalities, a nationally syndicated daily news magazine. Chris was Marketing Director of Steven Spielberg’s Century City and Las Vegas DIVE! restaurants and worked as an independent marketing and public relations consultant for a wide variety of businesses in Los Angeles, Chicago and Santa Maria.

Chris is thrilled to be back at the Discovery Museum doing what she loves best: making a difference in providing educational opportunities for children in our community!

Contact Chris at or call 805-928-8414


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