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Elaine Himelfarb


Executive Director


Elaine has held leadership positions in both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. As the Senior Program Officer for MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Elaine and her team created the strategic vision for the Grants Department and awarded over $5 million in grant funding. Prior to that, Elaine was hired as the Executive Director of Project Concern in Romania where she helped put the Project and Romania on solid financial footing and opened three branch offices.

Elaine is currently on faculty with the Ventura County Center for Nonprofit Leadership and with Conejo Valley Adult School, and serves on the Board of The Greater Contribution, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of women through micro-loans in East Africa. Through these leadership positions, Elaine developed a deep understanding of the need for local community solutions as well as policy advances to address some of the most challenging issues of our time.

Elaine holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University.

Kate Furlong


Programs Manager


After working for over a decade in the non-profit sector, Kate found her way to the Ventura Regional County Fire Safe Council in March 2021. Born, raised, and educated in Ventura County and has a passion for nature, fundraising, and community.

She has a love for education and empowering individuals through volunteer efforts and aspires to increase equity and equality throughout the county, especially when it comes to hazard prevention. With a background in invasive species management, open space conservation, watershed sciences, and fire and restoration ecology, Kate is excited to utilize her skills and connections to help make Ventura County a safer, more connected, place live.

Kate graduated with honors from the California State University, Channel Islands with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science and Resource Management with a minor in Biology and is also a Co-Vice President of the Board of Directors for Runners for Public Lands, a non-profit focused on connecting runners to land conservation and stewardship.