Paloma Arnold serves as the SBCC Vice President of Student Affairs. She previously worked in Student Services at SBCC for over 20 years, most recently as the Dean of Student Affairs, providing oversight for various Student Services departments and programs including EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars, admissions and records, financial aid, academic counseling, University Transfer Center, Transfer Achievement program, articulation, foster and kinship care education, enrollment and retention services, dual enrollment and the Federal Work Study program.
In 2019, she was recognized as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the SBCC Advancing Leadership Association.
Arnold is a third generation native of Santa Barbara and an alumna of Santa Barbara High School. In the greater Santa Barbara community, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Riviera Ridge School (formerly Marymount School of Santa Barbara), the CalSOAP Governing Board, Channel Islands YMCA Youth and Family Services Board, Cottage Hospital’s Community Health Advisory Committee and previously served on the Board of Trustees for Santa Barbara High School’s MAD Academy. She holds a M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in history from UCLA.