Community Action 2021 Leadership Team

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Susana "Susy" Lopez-Garcia

Executive Director

 

Susana Lopez-Garcia became the Executive Director of Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC) on January 2, 2020.

 

In 2014, Susy began working at CAVC as a Cal Fresh Outreach staff then moved to manage the Medi-Cal outreach team while completing her Masters of Public Policy & Administration from California Lutheran University.  She then went on to hold the position of Manager of Community Services in which she handled agency-wide reporting and compliance relating to the Community Services Block Grant along with providing leadership to the Community Development workshops, marketing and fund development committees and agency events.

 

She was born and raised in Oxnard California to immigrant parents from Oaxaca Mexico.  She attended Oxnard High School and then pursued her Bachelor degrees in Liberal Studies and Spanish from California State University, Northridge.  Upon graduation, she went on to work for nonprofits in the San Fernando Valley including Children of the Night and Girls Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. 

 

Susana lives in Oxnard with her husband and four dogs.  On her free time, she enjoys reading, attending local events and finding new food places to try.

Arnie Yanez

Associate Executive Director

In June of 2016 Mr. Arnie Yanez was hired as CAVC’s Director of Home Improvement to oversee the administration of the Weatherization Department.

 

In December 2017 Mr. Yanez was promoted Director of Operations, to now oversee the administration, implementation and operations of CAVCs Weatherization & Energy Services programs, along with management of the HEAP Services Department and CAVC’s Transition Center.

 

In the fall of 2019 Mr. Yanez was appointed Associate Executive Director.

 

Prior to joining CAVC, Mr. Yanez served as Deputy Director of Housing Projects Management for the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority.  He brings to his position 20 years of experience in local government in various capacities and has held management positions in municipal government/city administration, housing, public works, engineering, community development and urban planning.

 

Mr. Yanez is a State Licensed Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA) a Master of Arts in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (GU) and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC).

 

Mr. Yanez currently resides in Los Angeles, with his wife and young daughter.

 

Fe De Leon

Controller

Fe De Leon is  responsible for the organization’s financial statements, general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and various accounting duties.  She loves her work and to her accuracy is very important in the performance of her job.

 

Fe has a degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting from the Philippine School of Business Administration, Manila, Philippines.  She also took accounting courses at Ventura College.

 

Fe enjoys watching basketball games especially when her favorite team, the Los Angeles Clippers is playing.  She also enjoys walking as her favorite exercise.

 

Maria Ramirez

HEAP Manager

With over 10 years of experience working with the community in Ventura County.

Maria Ramirez oversees and coordinates assigned components of the Home Energy Assistance Program. Helping those in need with their utility bills is very gratifying for Maria and her team. This is why treating people as an individual and not a number is a priority for Maria Ramirez.

On her free time Maria enjoys spending quality time with her family and facilitating workshops for her local church.

 

 

Fanni Azueta-Lee

Energy Services Manager

Fanni Azueta- Lee has 14 years of experience working with Community Action of Ventura County.

 

In 2005, Fanni Started working at CAVC in the Home Energy Assistance Program department as a coordinator assisting low income families with their utility bill.

 

In 2008, Fanni Azueta-Lee was promoted to the weatherization department ensuring the quality of work performed is consistent with Federal, State, City, Public Utility regulations, Weatherization Installation Standards, Policy and Procedures and contractual requirements.

 

On her free time she enjoys reading good books and planning trips around the world with her family and friends.