Philippe de L'Arbre is a third generation Santa Barbara native and is committed to the wellbeing of his local community-- and the people living in it. Philippe's interest in philanthropy was inspired by his volunteer work as a youth while traveling abroad with his family.  He traveled to Fiji more than a dozen times to watch his parents work with a nonprofit that provided medical supplies to help those who suffered from multiple typhoons which took place in the late 1980's.  His mother expanded upon this mission by investing in education and literacy for youth; Philippe's family partnered with local public libraries in America to deliver books to remote villages in Fiji. He learned life-long lessons as an 8-year-old: that other cultures were able to survive without the luxuries that he was used to, and they found both happiness and gratitude with what they had.


Growing up, Philippe was very involved in sports, from racing BMX to playing lacrosse. For high school, he attended The Dunn School in the Santa Ynez Valley and shortly after he was offered a position as head coach for a newly created youth lacrosse league. After graduating from the University of San Diego, he returned to Santa Barbara to work for American Medical Response (AMR) as an EMT and committed five years to serving his community in this capacity. In this role, he also assumed a leadership position as a Field Training Officer, ambulance operations trainer, as well as training the public Hands Only CPR. In his free time, Philippe enjoys being active in Santa Barbara as much as possible, whether it is working out on the beach before work, surfing or going into the mountains to hike local trails. He is also a proud member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team, where he assists keeping the community safe and answering the call to assist those in need of rescue in our county.


 After returning to town, Philippe’s grandmother Nancy was getting to the point where she was needing a little extra assistance in her day-to-day activities, which is when he began his interested in helping our senior population. Soon he was helping move Nancy into an assisted living facility, and found passion in supporting her in this vulnerable and transitional period of her life. That passion grew into a career path, when he started to work at Heritage House in 2014 as the Weekend Receptionist.


 Philippe’s passion for people continued in his most recent position, serving for 2 years as the Operations Manager for The Oak Cottage of Santa Barbara, an assisted living facility that specializes in memory care.  After successfully helping open and run the daily operations, he has decided to transition over to Heritage House as the Operations Director. He remains committed to empowering people and communities to learn, grow and thrive -- and looks forward to working with the Heritage House team to continue their success.


In 2019 in front of the historic Santa Barbara Mission Rose Garden, Philippe married the love of his life, Jessica. Early 2022 they, along with their Golden Retriever Figueroa and cat Leo, welcomed their first child into the world, Olivia.


Philippe can be reached at 805.879.5902.





Philippe de L’Arbre

Operations Director