Ventura College Foundation Board expands with Elena Brokaw

Ventura College Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Elena Brokaw to its board of directors. As lead consultant at Brokaw Jackson Consulting, Brokaw has extensive experience providing strategic planning, fundraising, board training and facilitation to non-profits, government agencies and for-profit businesses going through transition.

“We are excited to have Elena join our board. Her impressive leadership skills have been instrumental in raising funds for many major community initiatives both locally and on a state and federal level,” said Norbert Tan, Ventura College Foundation executive director. “Her extensive background working as a cultural consultant for communities and organizations is an asset to our outreach partnerships.”

Prior to her current position with Brokaw Jackson Consulting, Brokaw served as director of the Parks, Recreation, and Community Partnerships department at the city of Ventura, where she managed the provision of programs and services for the community, and created both the Cultural Funding Program and the Technical Assistance Program, which provide grants and capacity development services for local non-profits. She also served as the city liaison for the nationally-acclaimed artists’ work-live space in Ventura, the WAV.

Brokaw currently serves as interim director at the Museum of Ventura County. In addition to VCF, Elena has served on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara-based Women’s Economic Ventures and the national arts agency Americans for the Arts. She has conducted strategic planning processes for numerous non-profit agencies, and has developed community cultural plans for cities including San Diego and Minneapolis. Brokaw earned her bachelor’s degree in art history at Harvard University.

The Ventura College Foundation’s board of directors is led by Rob van Nieuwburg, chair; Ruth Hemming, vice-chair; Alex Kolesnik, treasurer; Mike Montoya, secretary; Greg Gillespie, Ventura College president; and Norbert Tan, executive director.

Established in 1983, the Ventura College Foundation provides financial support to the students and the programs of Ventura College to facilitate student success and grow the impact and legacy of Ventura College as a vital community asset. The Foundation also hosts the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace, an outdoor shopping experience held every weekend on the Ventura College campus east parking lot. For more information, contact Norbert Tan at  289-6160 or Or visit


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