The Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is pleased to welcome the addition of Naomi Ontiveros and Victor Rodriguez to its Board of Directors.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are delighted to have new board members with professional and life experiences like Naomi and Victor. They bring both passion and compassion for our mission,” said Cabrillo CEO Margarita H. de Escontrias. “They both will be great assets to the board.”
Ontiveros, an Oxnard resident, is a consultant for the Department of Rehabilitation. She previously served on the Cabrillo board for five years, ending in 2006. She also served as the President of the Board for the El Paseo Homeowners Association, where she currently owns a home after being homeless.
“Returning to Cabrillo as a board member is an honor, volunteering my time and expertise to an organization that cares for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, farmworkers and low-income families in need of safe and affordable housing. I have a passion and drive to make a difference in people’s lives since I personally know what it is like to be homeless and living in a shelter with five children and one being a newborn,” Ontiveros said.
“Organizations like Cabrillo made it possible to become first-time homebuyers. My Family has lived a better lifestyle, and one of my daughters had the opportunity to go to UC Berkeley because of having the resources instead of paying high rent,” she said. “I instilled in my children that if you want your goals in life to become a reality, you have to work at it, care for others, and provide leadership and direction to make it happen. Cabrillo has these qualities.”
Rodriguez has been a human resources professional for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Director of Human Resources at 4over LLC in Glendale. His professional background includes similar positions at Reiter Affiliated Companies, Monsanto Company (Seminis), and Your People Professionals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. Rodriguez lives in Camarillo with his wife and two children.
Rodriguez grew up in Cabrillo Village farmworker community from which CEDC originated. He said growing up in Cabrillo Village had a positive impact on his life, creating opportunities for his family they otherwise would not have had.
“Having a nice home that was affordable and safe provided more than just shelter for our family. It allowed my parents to focus on other opportunities for our family than just making ends meet. One of those opportunities was the ability for my brothers and me to participate in little league baseball and AYSO. As kids, most of our friends also participated in sports, and it became the norm for us each year because we were able to afford the fees, uniforms, and equipment.”
“Our similar backgrounds and economic status also created strong friendships, and we didn’t have to worry about judgment from each other. I think this also contributed to our humility, appreciation and a sense of pride for the hard work our parents experienced in the surrounding fields,” he said.
“My personal experience with affordable housing and the impact it had on my family now makes me a strong advocate for affordable housing,” Rodriguez said. “Seeing low-income families struggling in this housing market also motivates me to create as many opportunities as possible for those families.”
Rodriguez also has served as a previous board member for Habitat for Humanity and the Workforce Investment Board of Ventura County.
“Cabrillo has a wonderful mission and a great brand. I am hoping my personal experience with affordable housing, my previous board experience with organizations in Ventura County, and my professional background leading Human Resources teams will help Cabrillo accomplish their goals and continue to create housing opportunities for low-income families,” he said.