POWER, Dennis M. (b. 1941), born in Altadena, CA on February 18, 1941, spent his active career as a Chief Executive Officer of nonprofit cultural and educational institutions for 39 years. Power is widely experienced in developing nonprofit boards, community relations, and fundraising, including operating funds and capital campaigns. Dennis Power became a member of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation board in 2011.
Power was graduated from Occidental College in 1962 where he received a Master of Arts Degree in biology in 1964. In 1967 he received his Ph.D (biology/statistics) from the University of Kansas. From 1967-1972 he served as Assistant Curator, then Associate Curator, with a cross appointment as Assistant Professor in the University Department of Zoology of the Royal Ontario Museum and University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. In 1972 Power was hired as the Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a position he held for 21 years — until 1994. The bird hall is named in his honor. From 1994-2005 he served as the executive director of the Oakland Museum of California. From 2005-2011 Power was President of the Laguna College of Art and Design, retiring to Santa Barbara where he continues to serve the community in a broad spectrum of involvements.