Who We Are


Regulatory Advocacy & Oversight

The Ventura County Coalition of Labor, Agriculture and Business (VC CoLAB) is a 501(c)6 non-profit membership organization founded in 2010 in response to pending regulations that threatened the sustainability of agriculture and business in Ventura County.

We promote a strong local economy and fight to preserve the quality of life in Ventura County by working collaboratively with a broad coalition of informed stakeholders and experts.

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, economics, 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 working 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

Policy and Advocacy Coordinator



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 | AMT Ag Sales & Consulting

Chris Oliva | AG RX

Join Our Coalition – Be a Part of the Change.

Join us in championing regulatory advocacy and economic vitality in Ventura County. Your membership helps drive balanced policies and a thriving community. Together, we can create a positive impact.