DEREK POULTNEY, Executive Director, joined the Land Trust in February 2010 after 5 years at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) and five prior years of environmental consulting and field biology work. Along with volunteering for various non-profit environmental groups, Derek earned a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from CSU-Fullerton and a B.A. in Music Composition (with significant environmental coursework) from UCSB. At OVLC, he managed a variety of wetland restoration projects in the upper Ventura River watershed and now leads the Ventura Land Trust's efforts to preserve and improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities throughout Ventura. Along with spending time with his wife and kids, Derek enjoys music, wildlife and hiking. Get in touch with him at:

  Adrienne_Stephens._smaller.jpgADRIENNE STEPHENS, Development and Marketing Director, joined the Land Trust in August, 2015. A long-time Ventura resident who has worked in the public relations,community outreach and marketing fields for most of her professional career, Adrienne holds a B.A. in Business Economics from U.C.S.B. and is passionate about keeping the public, press and Land Trust's growing member base informed, excited and engaged in the Conservancy's mission, projects and successes. When not at work, Adrienne enjoys hiking, biking, cooking and spending time with her husband, three kids and Australian Shepherd, Sydney. Email Adrienne at:

ANNETTE BALDWIN, Director of Special Projects, joined the Land Trust in July, 2017. Annette grew up in Ventura and can’t imagine a better place to call home. Her love of the outdoors arose out of a childhood spent exploring California’s many campgrounds, lakes, and National Forests and climbing into her family’s station wagon, winding through the state’s most scenic areas and pitching a tent wherever the road took them. Her favorite local adventures include trail running and backpacking; she even became engaged while exploring the Ojai back-country. After graduating from Cal State Northridge with a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences in Interior Design, Annette’s passion for visual arts led to a career that merged her design background with event production. Annette comes to the Land Trust with eight years of graphic design and marketing experience. Having commuted to work out of town for over a decade, Annette is thrilled to now both live and work in Ventura, share her environmental passion with others and be a responsible steward of Ventura’s natural resources. In her free time, you can find Annette taking photographs, spending time with family, or enjoying gardening with her husband, Ron.

Kate Furlong, Stewardship Director, joined the Land Trust in August, 2017 as Stewardship Manager and has worked her way up to Director. Kate graduated from CSU-Channel Islands, earning her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. A Ventura native with experience in fundraising and habitat restoration and a passion for non-profit work, conservation biology, and restoration ecology, Kate is excited to contribute her expertise to VLT’s mission. When not working in the office or out in the field, Kate enjoys spending her free time playing guitar, cooking for friends, and exploring the great outdoors with her dog Brando. You can reach Kate at:

Employment Opportunities

The Ventura Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer. As a small non-profit land trust, we do a lot with just a small staff. We currently do not have any job openings but do offer a limited number of internships and many different volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Questions? Email:




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