Mission Statement

Connecting people and issues to strengthen our county.

VCLA Purpose Statement

Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA) connects and cultivates a diverse network of passionate, capable leaders through an immersion in both critical issues shaping Ventura County and opportunities for personal and professional growth. VCLA’s comprehensive program ignites awareness and inspiration, helping cohort members discover their individual pathway toward impacting our region.

Specific objectives of the Ventura County Leadership Academy are:

  • To create a leadership development program incorporating, business, social services, education, community, government, and cultural issues throughout Ventura County;
  • To promote the inclusion of diverse groups of individuals;
  • To broaden the awareness, understanding and appreciation of a variety of critical issues affecting life in Ventura County, through contacts with community leaders, and participation in workshops, field studies, and related programs.

The curriculum includes focus sessions on public safety, education, economic development, water, transportation, health care, nonprofits and volunteerism, the environment, agriculture and land use, regional issues , and governance. The sessions are interactive with open dialogue between presenters and program participants. Participants also conduct site visits and field trips as part of background research on the various topics of discussion. . It is a nine-month program that includes one full-day session each month from September through May and also includes a two-and-a-half day trip to Sacramento to study current legislative issues and an immersion activity.

Ventura County Leadership Academy

  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Examine Community issues
  • Meet with decision-makers
  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Build a better community

VCLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Download the 2016 990 for VCLA

Application process for VCLA

The exposure to so many elements and environments that comprise our county meant so much towards developing an expanded view of the needs that face our community. VCLA opened my eyes and made me take a look at areas that I glanced over before. The knowledge shared with presenters and cohort members fostered an in depth view to greater awareness and action. Each one of the cohort members has become very special to me. Most of our different perspectives that may have previously caused discomfort, became a basis for drawing closer and educating one another to always seek information before forming an opinion. The opportunity to attend a college-like environment was invigorating and one that I cherish.

~ Susan Craig, Cohort XV

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