Who We Are



The Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (VC CoLAB) is a membership organization that was founded in 2010 in response to several pending regulations that threatened agriculture and business in Ventura County.

We are a 501(c)6 non-profit created to build influence by establishing a broad coalition of informed stakeholders, experts and advocates to promote a strong local economy while preserving the local quality of life in Ventura County. We actively promote sensible and rational regulatory oversight and advocate for both businesses and local property rights through monitoring local government actions, providing expertise, research and engaging in educational campaigns to inform our members and the public.

What We Do

VC CoLAB collaborates with partners, public agencies and decision makers to provide sensible solutions for complicated and excessive regulations. We identify and research issues that impact businesses, work with regulatory agencies, engage experts in science, engineering and law, testify at public meetings, and organize stakeholders.

Thanks to memberships and donations to our organization, we are a fully funded, full-time local watchdog seeking to balance environmental, regulatory and economic concerns.

Our Mission

To preserve and support a healthy and expanding economic base by monitoring regulatory policy, educating stakeholders, and representing labor, agricultural and other business interests while protecting the local quality of life.


Executive Director

Director of Development

Rachel E. Culbert-Mastro

Office  Manager



Mark Mooring | Buon Gusto Farms

Vice Chairman

Patrick Loughman | Lowthorp Richards Attorneys


Bud Sloan | Sloan Ranches

Vice President

John Hecht | Sespe Consulting


Melinda Carmichael | UBS Financial Services


Lynn Gray Jensen | Jensen Design & Survey

Board of Directors

Jane Farkas | Carbon California

Bill Camarillo | Agromin

Lisa Woodburn | Jensen Design & Survey

Maureen Cottingham | CamLam Farms

Tim Cohen | Rancho Temescal

Patty Waters | Waters Ranches

Richard Atmore | R.A. Atmore & Sons

Alex Teague | Limoneira