History

The Mosher Foundation is named after Samuel B. Mosher, who founded Signal Oil and Gas, the largest independent oil company on the West Coast in the 1950s. While a very successful businessman and corporate executive, Mr. Mosher’s primary interest was prize-winning orchids and exotic flowers. His 45,000 acre ranch north of Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, included Dos Pueblos Orchid Company, a stand-alone wholesale flower growing company.

Following Mr. Mosher’s death, his wife, Margaret, served as president of the foundation until her death in 2002. It was her wish that Edward E. Birch, vice president of the foundation and longtime advisor and friend to the Mosher family, assume responsibility for the foundation and serve as its president and CEO. He and members of the Birch family continue to serve as the leaders of the Mosher Foundation.