Alumni Updates

A Partnership That Counts

In 2020, two longtime partners of VCLA (the County of Ventura & Mustang Marketing) connected about creating and implementing an outreach campaign for the Census 2020 count. The U.S. Census Bureau had ranked Ventura County as the fifty-ninth most vulnerable county in the nation out of 3,215 counties at risk of experiencing an extreme undercount…

Latino Leadership Honorees

Kudos to Armando Casillas (cohort XVII) with Montecito Bank & Trust and Susy Lopez-Garcia (cohort XXVII) with Community Action of Ventura County, both of whom were honored this past Wednesday, September 28, 2022 by El Concilio Family Services at their 32nd Annual Latino Leadership Awards. Lead by VCLA alum Yvonne Gutierrez (class VIII), El Concilio…

2022 40-Under-40

Congratulations to both Dhruv Pandya (cohort XXVI) from J.D. Power and Caitlin Barringer (cohort XXV) with Food Share of Ventura County for being named as a “40-Under-40” for 2022 by the Pacific Coast Business Times.

Moorpark Man of the Year

Congratulations to Chris Barrett (VCLA Cohort XXII), for being named 2022 Man of the Year at the Moorpark Community Awards. Chris is the Chief Operating Officer at Insurance Brokers West, Inc. and serves as a Planning Comissioner for the City of Moorpark.  Chris is also an active Moorpark Rotary member.

Moving Up in Transportation

Congratulations to VCLA alumni (cohort XXI) Cynthia Duque on her recent promotion to Director of Planning & Marketing with Gold Coast Transit District (GCTD). Since joining GCTD in 2011 as the Communications and Marketing Manager, she has led the agency’s communication efforts through a variety of projects, including the rebranding of the organization in 2015,…

An Impactful Donation

It started at VCLA’s recent session in Sacramento… Michael Shankin (Cohort XXVII), Executive Director for kidSTREAM and Jeremey Shumaker (Cohort XXVI) with American Medical Response (AMR) were able to discuss the possibility of an ambulance donation to Ventura County’s new children’s museum. Earlier this week, a donation was made to kidSTREAM to be used in…