JULY 2018 BOARD MEETING

ASPIRE 3 & PHAROS CENTER FOR INNOVATION OVERVIEW

Sean Bhardwaj presented an overview of what it takes to create a thriving entrepreneur ecosystem in Ventura County and to identify the requisite parts. He discussed the current efforts in our community to empower, develop, and grow entrepreneurs in Ventura County taking place and how they are coming together at Aspire 3 and the Pharos Center for Innovation. The presentation closed with some in-the-works programs that are needed which he hopes that VCEDA board members will be interested in helping create in our community.  

BIO: SEAN BHARDWAJ

Sean Bhardwaj is the Founder and CEO of Aspire 3 where he creates programs and partnerships between education, business, government, and community organizations to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. He is a Founding Partner at the Pharos Center for Innovation, a hub dedicated to creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation in Ventura County.  

Sean is passionate about ensuring that every person has the opportunity to develop a fulfilling career and is involved on the boards of several workforce development and educational organizations and initiatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus on Global Marketing and Consumer Behavior from the University of Southern California.

JUNE 2018 POLICY COMMITTEE

COUNTY OF VENTURA GENERAL PLAN UPDATE PRESENTATION

Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager for the Ventura County Resource Management Agency Planning Division, provided a brief presentation on the current status of the General Plan Update, opportunities to provide input, milestones and next steps in the process.

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BIO: SUSAN CURTIS

Susan Curtis is a manager in the Ventura County Resource Management Agency, Planning Division. She is responsible for managing the update of the General Plan which guides the unincorporated County's future growth, development and resource protection through 2040.  


Prior to joining Ventura County, Susan worked for eight years as a Senior Planner with Santa Barbara County in long range planning and discretionary permit processing.  She has also worked in coastal planning in the U.S. Virgin Islands, urban planning in Tempe, Arizona and in community development with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.  


Susan has a Bachelor of Arts  in Communications and a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Planning.

MAY 2018 BOARD MEETING

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON PRESENTATION

Southern California Edison presented information on the Building Resilient Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Economy (BRITE) coalition. The coalition seeks to develop policies to achieve climate resiliency; upgrade emergency response systems; reform regulations and laws that govern utility companies to address the “new normal” of extreme weather; ensure government, energy companies and communities work to reach renewable energy goals; and preserve stable utilities to continue to play their role in powering California. Presenting was Rudy Gonzales, SCE Government Relations Manager for East Ventura and West Los Angeles Counties, and Rondi Guthrie, SCE Government Relations Manager for West Ventura and Southern Santa Barbara Counties.

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BIO: RONDI GUTHRIE

Rondi Guthrie joined Southern California Edison in 2013 and serves as a Government Relations Manager for the Santa Barbara/Ventura area.  In this role, she represents SCE to internal and external stakeholders, such as local elected and appointed officials, customers, ratepayers, media, and business and community organizations, to ensure that the Company’s franchises, messages, initiatives, interests, and goals are met. She has an extensive background in public relations, governmental affairs, land use issues, advocacy and consensus building.
 

Prior to joining SCE, Rondi was a Senior Accounts Manager at The CrisCom Company, a full service governmental affairs, public relations and business development firm. She worked with clients throughout the United States in implementing effective community affairs programs. 

Additionally, Rondi served as the District Director for Assemblywoman Audra Strickland where she was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the state legislator’s district office.  This included meeting with elected officials, speaking to community organizations, and providing direct input on legislation relating to a number of issues, especially those associated with housing, transportation, land use and planning.  
 

Rondi also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Building Industry Association of Greater Los Angeles/Ventura County where she was the key spokesperson in Ventura County.   She was able to work with numerous community organizations, elected officials, environmental groups, social justice organizations, the agricultural industry and Ventura County residents to build consensus on housing, land use and planning issues.
 

Rondi has been a lifelong Ventura resident and lives in the City of Ventura with her husband and two children.  She currently serves as a member of the City of Ventura Planning Commission. She attended Northwestern University on a softball scholarship and received a degree in Social Policy.

BIO: RUDY GONAZALES

 Rudy Gonzales serves Edison as the company’s management representative for cities in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. He represents the Company to external stakeholders, including local elected officials, customers, business, media and community organizations. 


Rudy began his Edison career in 1984 as a meter reader. Other prior experience with the Company includes corporate services representative, associate service planner and field services representative. He joined Edison’s Local Public Affairs (LPA) department in November of 1993. During his time in the department he has served as chair of the Organizational Development Team, which provides training opportunities for employees of LPA. 


Throughout his career, Rudy has served on the boards of many non-profit, business and community organizations, including El Concilio Family Services, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Ventura County Leadership Academy, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Chamber, Calabasas Chamber and the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. 


Rudy is a proud graduate of California Lutheran University, where he earned his B.S. in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Leadership Southern California Class V and Ventura County Leadership Academy Class II.


Rudy resides in Thousand Oaks and enjoys golf and running his chocolate lab, Lincoln. Along with his wife, Nathalie, he enjoys raising his two teen-aged daughters, one an aspiring dancer and the other an aspiring actress and singer.

MAY 2018 POLICY COMMITTEE

SOCALGAS PRESENTATION: ENERGY CHOICE - KEEPING ENERGY AFFORDABLE

SoCalGas supports California in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In their presentation titled, “ENERGY CHOICE – Making Energy Affordable,” Tony Tartaglia, SoCalGas Regional Public Affairs Manager, and Maria Ventura, SoCalGas Public Affairs Manager, discussed renewable pathways to achieving climate goals that leverage the existing pipeline system to maintain customer choice and affordability without creating technology mandates.

BIO: TONY TARTAGLIA

Tony Tartaglia is the regional public affairs manager for the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) in the utility's northern service territory. His office resides in SoCalGas' Chatsworth headquarters, located in the San Fernando Valley. 


Tony joined SoCalGas in 1989 and his career has spanned several departments within the company including marketing and public affairs. Tartaglia oversees the Company's public affairs throughout the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, Kings, Fresno and Kern, and parts of Los Angeles County.


Active in community and business affairs, he currently serves as a trustee on the board of trustees for Glendale Community College, the chairman of the board of directors for the Foothill Workforce Investment Board, the chairman of the board of directors for Valley Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and a member of the board of directors for The Valley Economic Alliance.


A native of San Fernando Valley, Tony has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Northridge, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine. He currently resides in Glendale.


A native of San Fernando Valley, Tony has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University Northridge, and a master's degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine. He currently resides in Glendale.

BIO: MARIA VENTURA

Maria Ventura is the public affairs manager for SoCalGas in Ventura County. She serves as a Company representative to local governments, community organizations, media and the community at-large.


Maria has over 15 years experience in both private and public sectors with proven leadership in communications, community organizing, and government affairs.  Most recently, Maria was the District and Communications Director for Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Tamar Galatzan where she managed community outreach efforts in the West San Fernando Valley, Social Media, Hispanic Media outreach, and served as a bilingual education expert with appearances on Telemundo, Univision, Mundo Fox and CNN Latino.  Previously, Maria served as field deputy to then-Los Angeles Council President Alex Padilla and as a Policy Deputy to then-Los Angeles Councilman Tony Cardenas.


Maria earned her B.A. from San Diego State and her Masters of Science in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles.  She is also a graduate of the following programs; Hispanas Organized for Political Equity (H.O.P.E), National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), Harvard University-John F. Kennedy School of Government-Executive Series, Leadership LA, Center for Creative Leadership, Leadership Tomorrow and Ventura County Leadership Academy.    


Maria believes in giving back to the community and serves on several community boards including Board President of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura, El Concilio, United Way of Ventura County, Ventura Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and the American Red Cross-Central Coast Region. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Jose and six-year-old son, Diego.

APRIL 2018 BOARD MEETING

ECONOMIC & FISCAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF VENTURA'S OIL & GAS EXTRACTION INDUSTRY PRESENTATION

In his presentation titled Economic and Fiscal Contributions of Ventura’s Oil & Gas Extraction Industry, Brad Williams, Partner and Chief Economist with Capitol Matrix Consulting (CMC), will summarize the findings of a study conducted by CMC in late 2017 on the contributions of the oil and gas production industry in Ventura County. The presentation will cover such topics as the number and characteristics of jobs supported by the industry, the large “multiplier” impacts that the industry has on other businesses (and their employees) in the county, and the state and local taxes generated by the industry from such sources as property taxes on oil and gas reserves.

BIO: BRAD WILLIAMS

Capitol Matric Consulting is a firm that provides consulting services on a wide range of economic, taxation, and state-and-local government budget issues. Prior to joining CMC in 2011, Mr. Williams served for 32 years in various analytical and leadership positions in California state government. These include over a decade as chief economist for the non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office, where he was considered one of the state's top experts on the tax system, the California economy, and government revenues. Mr. Williams was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as the most accurate forecaster of the California economy in the 1990s.

APRIL 2018 POLICY COMMITTEE

LAND USE NAVIGATOR: PROMOTING BUSINESS FRIENDLINESS IN THE REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT PRESENTATION

Dr. Rachel Linares, County Process Improvement Manager, presented on the County Land Use Navigator and its role in promoting business friendliness in the regulatory/permitting

environment.

BIO: DR. RACHEL LINARES

Dr. Rachel Linares joined the County of Ventura as Continuous Process Improvement Manager in 2017. As part of the Service Excellence Program, her work focuses on teaching and promoting process improvement practices, implementing and supporting the Economic Vitality Strategic Plan (EVSP), and updating the County Strategic Plan. In support of the EVSP, Dr. Linares serves as the Land Use Navigator. This role focuses on promoting business-friendliness in the regulatory and permitting environment throughout Ventura County by facilitating collaboration, streamlining of regulations and permitting requirements, and promoting consistency in policy and practice.


Dr. Linares has completed a Doctorate in Business Administration through the University of Liverpool, and is currently pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification through California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Her research and academic publications include topics such as student motivation, assessment and evaluation of applied skills, assessment standardization, and affirmative action admissions practices.


Prior to joining the County of Ventura, Dr. Linares enjoyed a robust career in higher education, working at several universities including the UCLA Anderson School of Management and California State University, Channel Islands. Among other duties, she was responsible for the operation and management of student financial services, executive education programs, and enrollment and admissions services for traditional and adult-learning programs.

MARCH 2018 BOARD MEETING

VCCD - ECONOMIC WORKFORCE UPDATE PRESENTATION

Dr. Greg Gillespie, Chancellor for the Ventura County Community College District, and Dr. Alexandria Wright, VCCCD’s Director of Economic & Workforce Development Division, presented VCCCD’s Economic Workforce Development Update.

BIO: DR. GREG GILLESPIE

Dr. Greg Gillespie currently serves as the Chancellor for the Ventura County Community College District. The District includes Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges that serve over 33,000 students each year. Dr. Gillespie served as the President of Ventura College for four years before moving into the Chancellor position in July 2017.  He has worked for more than 24 years in the community college system and has served in faculty, director, dean, vice president, and president positions at four different community colleges in Arizona, California and Washington.  Dr. Gillespie is focused on supporting the colleges in providing student-centered access to quality and relevant educational programs and support services.  He works with employer, education, and governmental partners to address shared educational and community priorities.  He also serves on a number of local, state, and national organizations and Boards. 

BIO: DR. ALEXANDRIA M. WRIGHT

Dr. Alexandria M. Wright, is the director for VCCCD's Economic & Workforce Development Division. She provides leadership and strategic direction for District initiatives involving economic and workforce development, corporate training and grants. An economist by trade, Wright joined the District with a decade of experience in economic and workforce development, working with educators, communities and business leaders in northern Arizona.

A native of Pasadena, she is happy to return to California after 18 years to assist in creating economic opportunity for community members and firms throughout Ventura County.

MARCH 2018 POLICY COMIMTTEE

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON CLEAN POWER PATHWAY PRESENTATION

Rudy Gonzalez, Government Relations Manager, Southern California Edison and Rondi Guthrie, Government Affairs Representative, Southern California Edison presented on Southern California Edison's Clean Power Pathways.

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BIO: RONDI GUTHRIE

Rondi Guthrie joined Southern California Edison in 2013 and serves as a Government Relations Manager for the Santa Barbara/Ventura area.  In this role, she represents SCE to internal and external stakeholders, such as local elected and appointed officials, customers, ratepayers, media, and business and community organizations, to ensure that the Company’s franchises, messages, initiatives, interests, and goals are met. She has an extensive background in public relations, governmental affairs, land use issues, advocacy and consensus building.  


Prior to joining SCE, Rondi was a Senior Accounts Manager at The CrisCom Company, a full service governmental affairs, public relations and business development firm. She worked with clients throughout the United States in implementing effective community affairs programs. 

Additionally, Rondi served as the District Director for Assemblywoman Audra Strickland where she was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the state legislator’s district office.  This included meeting with elected officials, speaking to community organizations, and providing direct input on legislation relating to a number of issues, especially those associated with housing, transportation, land use and planning.    


Rondi also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Building Industry Association of Greater Los Angeles/Ventura County where she was the key spokesperson in Ventura County.   She was able to work with numerous community organizations, elected officials, environmental groups, social justice organizations, the agricultural industry and Ventura County residents to build consensus on housing, land use and planning issues. 

 

Rondi has been a lifelong Ventura resident and lives in the City of Ventura with her husband and two children.  She currently serves as a member of the City of Ventura Planning Commission. She attended Northwestern University on a softball scholarship and received a degree in Social Policy.

BIO: RUDY GONZALES

Rudy Gonzales serves Edison as the company’s management representative for cities in western Los Angeles County and eastern Ventura County. He represents the Company to external stakeholders, including local elected officials, customers, business, media and community organizations. 


Rudy began his Edison career in 1984 as a meter reader. Other prior experience with the Company includes corporate services representative, associate service planner and field services representative. He joined Edison’s Local Public Affairs (LPA) department in November of 1993. During his time in the department he has served as chair of the Organizational Development Team, which provides training opportunities for employees of LPA. 


Throughout his career, Rudy has served on the boards of many non-profit, business and community organizations, including El Concilio Family Services, Ventura County Economic Development Association, Ventura County Leadership Academy, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, Moorpark Chamber, Calabasas Chamber and the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. 


Rudy is a proud graduate of California Lutheran University, where he earned his B.S. in Business Management. He is also a graduate of Leadership Southern California Class V and Ventura County Leadership Academy Class II.


Rudy resides in Thousand Oaks and enjoys golf and running his chocolate lab, Lincoln. Along with his wife, Nathalie, he enjoys raising his two teen-aged daughters, one an aspiring dancer and the other an aspiring actress and singer.

FEBRUARY 2018 BOARD MEETING

MANUFACTURING IN VENTURA COUNTY PRESENTATION

Our Guest Speaker was Mr. Chris Meissner, President and CEO of Meissner Filtration Products Inc. Established in 1989 and located in Camarillo, the company develops, manufacturers, and distributes advanced microfiltration and single use products and systems worldwide. Additionally, he serves as this year’s Board Chair for the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County. Mr. Meissner discussed the challenges faced by our County’s manufacturers, and ways that VCEDA can best serve the manufacturing sector in our role as advocates for regional economic vitality. 


Dr. Bruce Stenslie provided opening remarks.  Stenslie is the President & CEO of EDC-VC, and has more than 20 years of experience in workforce and economic development. With his extensive background and expertise, Stenslie has been a frequent speaker at forums to help address the strengths of the regional economy, the local labor market conditions, and the economic development of strategies and services. 

BIO: CHRIS MEISSNER

Chris Meissner is a successful California native. He was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Santa Clara University in Northern California, and graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Established in 1989 and located in Camarillo, Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. develops, manufactures, supplies and services advanced microfiltration products and single-use systems worldwide primarily used in bioprocessing and drug manufacturing.  Mr. Meissner is founder and president of the company, which is viewed as a leader in the discovery, development, and supply of enabling technologies essential to the drug manufacturing process.


Mr. Meissner has been a part of various local organizations:

• Member of CEO advisory group for Camarillo Chamber and Startup Weekend

• Board of Economic Development Collaborative, Ventura County (EDC-VC) since 1998, Chairman 2018

• Board of St. John’s Seminary since 2010

• CSU Channel Islands Foundation Board of Directors since 2015


Mr. Meissner has also been a featured star in publications:

• Camarillo Waste Watch awarded Mr. Meissner “Most Innovative Reuse/Recycling Program”

• Start magazine 1997 & 2000 awarded Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. “Most Admired Manufacturers” 

• The Business and Technology Partnership selected Mr. Meissner as the 2015 recipient of the Community and Business Leader of the Year Award.


The Meissner family resides in Camarillo where Mr. Meissner enjoys giving back to his community, backpacking, skiing, and mountain bike riding.


BIO: BRUCE STENSLIE

Bruce Stenslie, President/CEO of EDC-VC, has more than 20 years of experience in workforce and economic development. His former positions include serving as the deputy director of the California Workforce Association, the director of workforce policy for the Mayor’s Office in Los Angeles, the deputy director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency, the executive director of the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County, and as the executive director of the Candelaria American Indian Council.


Stenslie has continued to serve the community throughout the years. In 2012, Stenslie was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the California Workforce Investment Board and by the Board of Supervisors to the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. In 2013, his peers elected Stenslie as chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development. He is also a member of many different boards including the California Enterprise Development Authority, Team California, First 5 Ventura County, and Community Action Ventura County.


With his extensive background and expertise, Stenslie has been a frequent speaker at workforce and economic development forums to help address the strengths of the regional economy, the local labor market conditions, and the economic development of strategies and services.

FEBRUARY 2018 POLICY COMMITTEE

PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING ANNUAL STATE & FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA PLATFORM PRESENTATION

Sue Hughes is the Sr. Deputy Executive Officer of the County of Ventura, Government Affairs. Ms. Hughes will discussed the process for developing the Board of Supervisor's annual State and Federal Legislative Agenda and Platform, as well as items of interest to the Board this year.  In addition, she  shared her insights into the legislative process in California, and upcoming initiatives that were on the June 2018 ballot.

BIO: SUE HUGHES

Sue Hughes, Senior Deputy Executive Officer, Ventura County Executive Office has worked in the Ventura County CEO Government Affairs Division since 1997.  Her role as the County's Senior Deputy Executive Officer for Government Affairs is the development and implementation of the Board of Supervisor's Annual State and Federal legislative agendas and platforms.


Sue acts as the legislative liaison between the Ventura County Board of Supervisors; the County Executive Office; County departments and agencies; local, State and Federal legislators; and the County's contract lobbyists.


Additionally, Sue manages the Integrated Regional Water Management Planning and Implementation efforts in Ventura County, which includes the administration of four grants totaling nearly $60 million for 26 projects across the County.


She is the Executive Director of the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, the local government partnership, working with Southern California Edison, the Gas Company, the Cities, and school districts to address good energy stewardship and sustainability practices in Ventura County.


Sue also works as the liaison on special projects such as the Regional Defense Partnership 21st Century (RDP-21), and the Board of Supervisors' Climate Protection Plan.