Creating Leaders for Over 30 Years

Leadership Lompoc Valley

Click here to download an application for the 2017-2018 class.


The purpose of Leadership Lompoc Valley (LLV) is to identify and develop a diverse group of leaders with a special understanding of the Lompoc Valley and a solid foundation of leadership skills. The program is designed to meet this challenge by providing a vehicle to:

  • • Educate future leaders about a broad range of community needs and concerns.
  • • Encourage informed individuals to serve the community in leadership roles of their choice.
  • • Enhance leadership and management skills.
  • • Create a spirit of cooperation for the resolution of future community challenges.
  • • Ensure a continuing emergence of an improved quality of life in the community.
  • • Develop a working network and support group of established and emerging leaders.



The program begins with an orientation evening and an overnight retreat to introduce the class members to one another, the program, and the general concept of leadership. Program participants become acquainted with various aspects of the Lompoc Valley through monthly Topic Days held during normal business hours on Fridays from September through May of each year. A complete schedule of participation dates is provided at orientation. Topic Days include speakers, expert panels, and tours of businesses and public agencies of the Lompoc Valley.

Topic day subjects include:

  • • Media & Communications Day
  • • Health & Human Services Day
  • • Community Enrichment Day
  • • Public Safety Day
  • • Mid-year Retreat (one day at a local venue)
  • • Education Day
  • • Local Government Day
  • • Military / Aerospace Day
  • • Business & Economics Day

The program concludes with an evening graduation and dinner with family members and special guests. Upon graduating, class members are expected to plan one or two Topic Days for the following year’s class, working in small groups, which requires participation on one or two additional Fridays the year after graduation.


Selection of Participants

LLV participants are chosen by the LLV Board of Trustees from applications submitted. The following attributes are desired:

  • • A sincere commitment, motivation, and interest in serving the community.
  • • Interest in seeking volunteer leadership roles, boards, commissions, or public office in the Lompoc Valley.
  • • Participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions, unless unforeseen illness or work prohibits


Financial Information

LLV’s class participant fee covers all costs including the overnight retreat. Many employers and sponsoring agencies cover all or part of the fee for a sponsored employee. The fee is not required at the time of application. Selected applicants will be invoiced. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available.



For further information regarding the Leadership Lompoc Valley program, please contact:

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Phone: 805-736-4567

Applications are due no later than the first Monday in August to be considered for the class beginning September of the same year.

Click here to download an application.


LLV Testimonials

“With DenMat’s move to the Lompoc Valley, the LLV program introduced me to the community and other business leaders. I learned what a special place Lompoc is with its vast history and hidden treasures. I was also very impressed with the quality of leadership in the community. The contacts made through LLV have been invaluable to me and to my work place.”

Carol Newberry
Executive Administrator

Leadership Lompoc Valley

LLV Board of Trustees

  • 2018
  • Golda Escalante
  • Jason Reynolds
  • Jim Hinshaw
  • 2019
  • Joe Williams
  • Tina Mercer
  • Noel Lossing
  • 2020
  • Carol Newberry
  • Donato Ricci
  • Hank Gallina
  • Adrianna Rojas