Ventura County Leadership Academy


"Connecting people and issues to strengthen our county"

VCLA Cohort XXV group portrait during the New Cohort Mixer at Food Share in Oxnard. 

Applications for Cohort XXVI will be accepted beginning in April of 2020.

Introducing Cohort XXV:

Kesh Amor, Regenerative Farm Consultant, Living System

Sabrina Anderson, Recruitment/Internship Coordinator, County of Ventura

Annette Baldwin, Deputy Director, Ventura Land Trust

Caitlin Barringer, Development Manager, Kids & Families Together

Christopher Beck, General Counsel, Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura

Gavin Bradley, Chief Operating Officer, Ventura County Credit Union

Josh Damigo, Client Manager, Influence Ecology

Rob Davidson, Commander, Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Bryan Dodds, North America Business Planning Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Brittney Elhard, Director, IT Support Services, J.D. Power

Carlos Evans, First Officer, Delta Air Lines

James Forsythe, Paraeducator, Ventura Office of Education

Emma Frawley, Director of Accounts, Mustang Marketing

Mike Hartmann, Commander, Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Maggie Kestly, President, Mid Valley Properties

Mike Kumazawa, Program Management Analyst, County of Ventura

Jesse Landry, Investment Manager, Ventura Investment Company

Colleen J. Malone, Science Instructor, Ventura Unified School District

Edwin Marinez, Direct Care Lead, Turning Point Foundation

Deborah Meyer-Morris, Partner, DK Law Group

Theresa McKenrick, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Base Ventura County

Rachel Olsen, Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist, Mission Produce, Inc.

Katie Pfeiffer, Psy.D., Assistant Director, Admissions, Casa Pacifica, Centers for Children & Families

Claudia Raiti, Assistant Controller, Ventura County Community Foundation

Mike Ramirez, Recreation Supervisor, City of Moorpark

Sofía Rubalcava, District Translator & Interpreter, Santa Barbara Unified School District

Jessica Ruiz, HR Manager, County of Ventura

Crystal Stratton, Volunteer Program Manager, Ventura County Fire Department

Alejandra Téllez, Sustainability Officer, County of Ventura

Carolina Ugarte, Industry Liaison, Ventura County Office of Education

Elena K. Waller, Agriculture Museum Manager, Museum of Ventura County

Drew West, General Manager, Global Services, The Trade Desk

Rachel Wintz, Administrative Manager, Strategic Prevention Solutions

Trevor Zierhut, Principal Consultant, Zierhut Consulting LLC

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Ventura County Leadership Academy was a rewarding experience that I highly recommend. During the nine-month academy, I was exposed to a variety of wealth and knowledge about Ventura County's culture, history, and economy. Best of all, I leave with long lasting friendships!

~ Su-lin Rubalcava, Cohort XIII

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