In this recurring feature, Cabrillo introduces each of our board members. We are grateful for their support, commitment to community, leadership, and experience in their fields.
Victor is a success story and a strong advocate for Cabrillo. He grew up in the Cabrillo Village farmworker community, which had a positive impact on his life and created opportunities for his family.
Victor has been a human resources professional for nearly 20 years. His professional background includes positions at Reiter Affiliated Companies, Monsanto, and Your People Professionals. He is currently the Human Resources Director at Puretec Industrial Water. He also has served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity and the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County. Victor holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne and lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children.
Why were you interested in joining Cabrillo’s Board of Directors?
I joined because of my passion for affordable housing, and Cabrillo is a great vehicle for me to make an impact through its mission. I was fortunate to grow up in affordable housing affiliated with Cabrillo, which offered me insight that I can now leverage to support our mission.
What is the best part of being a board member?
Leveraging my professional and personal experiences to help Cabrillo’s leadership accomplish our goals. I also enjoy working with other board members who share a similar passion for affordable housing.
What makes our mission meaningful?
It is meaningful to me because my quality of life was personally impacted by growing up in affordable housing. Having access to affordable housing and safe living conditions allowed our family to focus on other priorities, including homework, and I was able to participate in after-school programs.
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
I was thinking of someone famous who no longer lives, and two great leaders came to mind – Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Winston Churchill. Even with all of their faults, they succeeded in the face of what most would agree were some serious adversities. I then thought I could just pick up their biographies to get more insight. Then I thought how much cooler it would be to have my late grandfather over for dinner. I would ask him questions about his adventures growing up in a small Mexican village, his travels to the US to work with the railroad, and harvesting crops to support such a large family. That, to me, would be a great dinner conversation!
Do you have a motto or personal mantra?
Truly understand and appreciate other points of view regardless of how opposing or foreign they may appear to your own. You may be surprised at what you learn and what it may do to your own beliefs.
What might people be surprised to know about you?
That I will be participating in this year’s Oxnard Salsa Festival Dancing with Our Community Stars and making a mockery of myself trying to dance!
What excites you and scares you the most about the competition?
I am excited about the exposure this will create for Cabrillo’s brand and our mission, but what scares me is tripping over my own feet into a face plant in front of a large audience!