Chief Executive Officer
Lynne West has been the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County, for over 30 years. During that time she has watched thousands of children grow up being positively affected by having a mentor in their life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County is the oldest, largest, and most effective youth mentoring organization in the country, serving over 900 kids and teens each year by providing quality mentoring programs to ensure they succeed in school, work, and life.
Ms. West is the past President of the California State Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters Agencies. She has served on the Governor’s Partnership on Mentoring and as a consultant for the US Department of Education providing workshops and technical training and assistance to other mentoring organizations.
Ms. West has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Long Island University and her professional background includes supervising a Crisis Center in Michigan, being on staff at the Detroit Institute of Technology, serving a private clinical practice with a specialty in co-custody issues for divorced parents, directing the Ventura County CASA program, an Independent Living Skills Program for foster youth, Supervised Visitation, and as an administrator of a group home for boys. She is the mother of two, grandmother of two, and a Big Sister to an emancipated foster youth.