Alumni Updates

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Jeff Chism

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Jeff Chism (VCLA Cohort XXVI) on his new position as Chief of Staff for Global Supply Chain at Amgen. After retiring in October of 2021 as Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County, Jeff and his family decided to stay in Ventura County and put down roots. Congratulations Jeff, and thank…

Congratulations to VCLA alum Susan Santangelo

Congratulations to VCLA alum (Cohort XXVII) Susan Santangelo, who not only serves as vice-mayor for the City of Camarillo Government, but recently started a new position with Wellpath, working in the Ventura County jails with deputies and custody staff, helping care for those in custody. Best wishes and thank you for your good work, Susan.

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Dustin Gardner

Congratulations to VCLA Alumni Dustin Gardner (Cohort XXI) for being appointed as the next Fire Chief for the County of Ventura – Government. After a nationwide recruitment, Gardner will become the 12th Fire Chief in Ventura County Fire Department’s 94-year history. “I am deeply honored to be appointed as the next Ventura County Fire Chief.…

Congratulations to VCLA’s Executive Director Pattie Braga

Congratulations to VCLA’s Executive Director Pattie Braga, for being accepted to the 2022 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Housing Policy Leadership Academy. This 10 session program brings together a diverse group of community leaders to dig into the different facets of the CA housing supply and affordability crisis.