Braunschweiger honored with the Rodney Fernandez Founder's Award for Excellence in Visionary Leadership
In October the Ventura County Community Development Corporation held a very special celebration to honor four important leaders who inspire VCCDC's work and four award winners who are making significant contributions in our community.
Housing Trust Fund Ventura County's CEO Linda Braunschweiger received the Rodney Fernandez Founder's Award for Excellence in Visionary Leadership. The award honors Rodney Fernandez who championed the cause for affordable workforce housing in Ventura County for over 50 years and founded VCCDC in 2001. Braunschweiger is noted for her deep understanding of affordable housing and community development coming from her successful career that includes having served as the Community Investment Officer with Affinity Bank, first Executive Director of the CA Housing Consortium, and the Director of Legislative Affairs with CA Housing Finance Agency. As noted on VCCDC's website, "In her role at Housing Trust Fund, Linda parlays the benefits of a nonprofit with the spirit of entrepreneurship to leverage public, private, and charitable funding in order to provide loans to developers building affordable housing." Read her full recognition here.
Alongside Linda that evening were three other award winners, John Gamboa, Chair of California Community Builders taking home the Lynn L. Jacobs Award for Excellence in Lifetime Achievement; Oxnard Police Department Commander Luis McArthur taking home the Ernest Baskette, Jr. Award for Excellence in Community Support; and Michael McGuire Excellence in Community Partnership award winners County of Ventura, Executive Office, Community Development Division.