Heather Ames
SVP, Director of Human Resources, Montecito Bank & Trust


Heather Ames is the Director of Human Resources, Senior Vice President and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Montecito Bank & Trust, a community Bank on the Central Coast of California. She has over 17 years of extensive HR experience in the medical and financial services industries. She serves on the Bank’s senior leadership team supporting the Board of Directors and Executive Committee in meeting the Strategic Objectives of the organization. She also manages the Organizational Learning Department and leads the talent and leadership development at the Bank. 

Ms. Ames is a certified Franklin Covey and Leadership Challenge facilitator and was instrumental in the organization wide roll out of Speed of Trust. She manages talent acquisition and compensation strategies as well as leading the workplace engagement programs. She has extensive knowledge of HR business laws and regulations in the State of California. 

Ms. Ames attended Santa Barbara City College and University of California Santa Barbara. She obtained her Human Resources Management Certificate through UCSB Extension Program. She is an active member of Santa Barbara Human Resources Association (SBHRA) and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Born in Santa Barbara, Ms. Ames enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering for many local organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CASA of Santa Barbara County as the Vice President. She also actively volunteers with Partners in Education and the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB). She has served previously on the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara United Boys & Girls Club and the SFSB Executive Search Committee.