While originally from New York City, Dawn Lafitte was raised in Pasadena, CA and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She continued her marketing focused studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and has a varied professional background in fashion, advertising and marketing.
Dawn served under Patty Fox, Saks Fifth Avenue's long time fashion director in Los Angeles, planning designer events, fashion shows, and assisting with editorial styling and studio relations. Dawn later served as Vice President of Thompson & Company Insurance Services, Inc., marketing and placing insurance coverage for several music industry labels through Lloyd's of London.
Dawn and her family moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 and are actively involved in the community. In addition to Laguna Blanca’s Board of Trustees, she currently serves as a Trustee at Lotusland and is a member of the National Charity League. She previously served on the boards of Knowlwood Tennis Club, the National Charity League, and was an active member of the Lobero Theatre Associates, Storyteller Committee and Santa Barbara Cotillions and Supper Club.
Dawn and her husband, David—a local attorney and board member at Crane Country Day School—have three daughters: Allie ’12 currently attending Texas Christian University, Caty ’14 attending Santa Clara University, and Emily '16 attending USC. Dawn has assisted with fundraising and annual funds at all of her daughters’ schools.