These employees bring with them the experience and dedication necessary to help MVC’s mission

Museum welcomes new team members.

The Museum of Ventura County is pleased to welcome five new team members. Senior

Event Sales & Communications Manager Heather Williams, Marketing and Communications Program Manager Angie Brinkhoff, Development Specialists Joshua Ortiz and L.E. Brown, and Events and Facilities Associate Thomas Blood.

“As Ventura County celebrates 150 years, the Museum is also ready to begin a new era, and this is the right team to see it through,” said the Museum of Ventura County’s Barbara Barnard Smith Executive Director Elena Brokaw, “These individuals are incredibly talented and their impact was noticed immediately. They make our team better.”

With over 14 years’ experience in the event industry, Heather Williams brings extensive knowledge in event venue sales development as well as being an Event Planner & Coordinator. Her most recent role was as Regional Event Sales Manager for the Improv Comedy Clubs & Levity Live Comedy Clubs nationwide. Joining Williams in the Marketing department, Angie Brinkhoff is a seasoned marketing and communications professional bringing over 15 years of combined experience in the non-profit sector, including as a board member. Joshua Ortiz joins the team with over 15 years of experience in the mortgage, finance and customer service industry. Prior to joining MVC, he served as the Gifts & Grants Operations Specialist with the Ventura County Community Foundation. L.E. Brown joins Ortiz in Development bringing with her a BA in art history from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and postgraduate studies at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. With a background in art direction and communications, Brown brings an arts-specific understanding and 7 years of experience in museums and galleries to her role. Thomas Blood spent six years as an Inventory Control Specialist and manager for the largest Wellness Center in Reno before moving to Ventura and joining the Museum.

This summer has seen a number of exciting new additions to the Museum, including the recent announcement of longtime community leader Angela Sanchez serving as Director of Finance and Operations. New curator Carlos Ortega joined the Museum in May and is responsible for building the collections and telling stories through objects and interpretation that resonate with our community’s diverse cultures and Native tribes. In June, the Museum debuted three new exhibits in support of the County of Ventura’s 150th anniversary Kick-Off Celebration – Spin Cycle: Unfolding the Science of Laundry, The Murder of Tom More: A True Crime Story, and Proximity to Water: Works from MVC’s Permanent Collection. The exhibits will continue through the end of 2023.


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