William R. Buratto, M.A.



Bill Buratto joined VCEDA as President/CEO in November of 2001. In addition to his work with VCEDA, he is also a private consultant to nonprofit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, board development and fundraising.

Bill has more than 32 years of experience in nonprofit management. He has held executive positions in healthcare, higher education and social services.

As VCEDA President/CEO, he is a member of the Business and Technology Partnership at California State University Channel Island and the Ventura County Civic Alliance. Additionally, Bill sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Ventura County.

Bill was executive director for the BRAC 2005 Ventura County Task Force, where he was instrumental in  keeping Naval Base Ventura County off the 2005 list of base closures and in doing so, keeping jobs from leaving the region.

He currently serves as executive director of TRIAD, a VCEDA initiative to strengthen the economic viability of Naval Base Ventura County. This public, private, military partnership works in the areas of workforce development, technology innovations and homeland security/disaster preparedness.

In his capacity as TRIAD executive director, he serves on the State Office of Emergency Service’s Emergency Partnership Advisory Workgroup and the Governor’s Office of Small Business Advocate Disaster Preparedness Committee. He also represents the business community on the Ventura County Emergency Planning Council.

Bill is currently Chair of the Green Coast Alliance (GCA). The GCA is a new nonprofit organization composed of business, education and nonprofit leaders that focuses on the emerging green economy including renewable energy and other technologies that promote sustainability as well as public engagement in the process of “going green.” Its goal is to leverage public and private assets and natural resources to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and job growth through research, business incubation, private investment, focused workforce development, targeted economic development and policy development. It will facilitate the transformation to a more sustainable economy and environment in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties.

Bill is a frequent speaker before civic and community groups on the activities of VCEDA and the economic climate in Ventura County. He writes extensively on legislative and economic issues affecting local businesses. Bill received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Bill is a 28 year resident of Ventura County. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife and son.



Darlene Ruz


Darlene Ruz has been with VCEDA since 2001 and was promoted to Vice President in 2003.

Her responsibilities are very diverse and include all levels of administration including fiscal management and reporting, event coordination, marketing and production of the VCEDA News, VCEDA’s quarterly publication.

Darlene previously served as Administrative Officer and Project Coordinator at the Economic Development Collaborative -Ventura County (EDC-VC). Prior to that, she was the Administrative Officer and Business Liaison for the Business Curriculum Revision Project at Moorpark College.