Leadership Lompoc Valley

Creating Leaders for Over 30 Years

The purpose of Leadership Lompoc Valley (LLV) is to identify and develop a diverse group of effective community leaders committed to the economy and well being of the community. 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.

Through a series of seminars and related activities, participants will meet the experts and key decision makers in areas of vital concern to the Lompoc Valley. The intent is for the class to become broadly informed about issues of importance they normally would not have the opportunity to explore and thus allow participants to become more effective leaders and members of our community.

In addition, the seminars will develop among the class a close bond of friendship and mutual concern. It is expected that alumni of Leadership Lompoc Valley will help provide guidance for future classes.


Leadership Lompoc Valley offers participants a forum for the exchange of information and ideas with local experts. The nine-month program begins with an orientation and retreat to introduce the class members to one another, the program, and the general concept of leadership. Program participants get acquainted with various aspects of the Lompoc Valley through topic days presented once a month, which include workshops, panels, tours and hands-on involvement. Each class member will be expected to participate in the development, organization and presentation of a least one topic day.

Topic day subjects include:

  • • Local Government
  • • Public Safety
  • • Business and Economics
  • • Military and Aerospace
  • • Media and Communications Day
  • • Education
  • • Health and Community Services
  • • Community Enrichment/Quality of Life

Graduates of Leadership Lompoc Valley have acquired a solid foundation of leadership skills and a special understanding of the Lompoc Valley. Through the program, existing and emerging leaders gain the insight necessary to forge creative solutions to the challenges facing our community today and in the years to come. Participants also leave the program with an expanded network of friends and contacts within the community.

Selection of Participants

Leadership Lompoc Valley participants will be chosen from applications by the selection committee and be broadly representative of the Lompoc Valley. The following criteria will apply:

  • • A sincere commitment, motivation, and interest in serving the community. Demonstrated commitment in past community activities.
  • • Interest in seeking volunteer leadership roles, boards, commissions, or public office.
  • • Occupational commitment to remain in the Lompoc Valley – persons not likely to be transferred within the immediate future.
  • • Each applicant must file a completed application form to be considered for Leadership Lompoc Valley.
  • • Participants must attend the retreat, all eight topic day sessions and graduation.

Financial Information

Leadership Lompoc Valley’s participant fee covers all costs including the retreat. It is anticipated that many employers or sponsoring agencies would pay the fee for a selected employee. This fee should not be paid at the time of application. Selected applicants will be invoiced. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available to participants.


For further information, an application, past yearbooks, or any questions regarding the Leadership Lompoc Valley program, please contact:

Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
P.O. Box 626
Lompoc, CA 93438-0626
Phone: 805-736-4567
Fax: 805-737-0453
E-mail: LLV@lompoc.com

Each applicant must file a completed application form by the first Monday in August to be considered for the class beginning September of the same year. Instructions for completing and returning the application are included on the form.

Click here to download an application.

Leadership Lompoc Valley

LLV Board of Trustees

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