Stuart Orlinsky

My journey with Ventura County Leadership Academy has been one of the best experiences in my professional career. VCLA has given me a breadth of knowledge about Ventura County that I had not known in my 37 years of living here. The most meaningful part of the program however, has been the connections I have made…

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PJ Gagajena

As a new resident and employee to Moorpark and Ventura County, VCLA opened my eyes to the various challenges and opportunities facing our region. The program connected me with key stakeholders and passionate individuals committed to improving people’s lives, serving their communities, exchanging ideas, and supporting each other’s work. I am very honored, deeply touched,…

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Marcelo Bermudez

VCLA Alumni Marcelo Bermudez turned his cohort reflection into a recruitment video! Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDjPXhWYP6U Marcelo Bermudez (Cohort XXVII), Chief Executive Officer, Shōkunin, Inc.

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Jenn Harkey

“If you’re looking for an opportunity to learn from local leaders and grow in your professional development, then Ventura County Leadership Academy is the perfect choice! VCLA offers a truly diverse learning experience where we hear about critical issues in our own community, such as water sustainability to support agriculture and the affordable housing crisis.…

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Terrance Dixon

“Being a part of VCLA has been the most memorable experience I’ve had in my life since living in Mexico. I was born and raised in Texas but moved to Ventura County almost seven years ago and this program not only made me realize why I moved here, but made it clear that this is…

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Katlyn Simber-Clickener

“The benefits that this program offers reaches far beyond what is expected. The amount of knowledge you gain, friendships you make, and overall feeling of wanting to help, are all incredible gifts you get from this program.” Katlyn Simber-Clickener (Cohort XXVI), Recreation Coordinator, Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District

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Jennifer Duston

“Although the majority of my VCLA experience took place during Covid and on Zoom I can’t tell you how invaluable this experience was. Aside from learning so much about our county and widening my focus from serving my own city, I met people with whom we WILL make a difference. The thing about VCLA is…

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Nick Odenath

“VCLA is a wonderful program. It helped me better understand all of the amazing work being done in our County. More importantly, VCLA challenged me to critically think about issues facing our communities. I found myself walking away from VCLA with a better perspective on these challenges and having developed life-long connections along the way.”…

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Dhruv Pandya

“Out of numerous qualities VCLA ignites in an individual, the one that really helps is the journey from opinions to facts. I have learned so much about Ventura County with factual information and have had the opportunity to discuss it with the leaders who are experts on the issue. This changes the way to look…

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Susan Craig

“I decided to apply to VCLA to learn more about Ventura County and ways in which I could be of service to our 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…

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