Villegas Public Affairs
Executive FAB Member
2291 N. Patterson Rd.
Oxnard, CA, 93036
Principal, Public Affairs and Community Outreach
Ernie Villegas is principal owner of Villegas Public Affairs. He has more than 24 years’ experience in local government, public/private sector advocacy, business affairs, and media relations. Ernie is the former District Director for California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, having served from 2010-2014. Prior, he was Senior Partner for Paladin Principle LLC, a public affairs company. Also, he is a retired Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Edison, having served for 30 years.
Ernie’s political experience commands a broad regional presence. He was Mayor and Councilman for the City of Fillmore from 2002-2006. Prior, he served as planning commissioner for six years and parks and recreation commissioner for two years. Ernie served as Vice President of the Channel League of California Cities. He was Chairman of the Tri-County Air Pollution Control District for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. He was board member of the Economic Development Collaborative and Ventura County Council of Government.
Villegas served on diverse boards and committees. This includes the Chambers of Commerce for Carpinteria, Goleta, San Fernando, and Santa Barbara. He was President of the Gold Coast Hispanic Business Council and President of the Valley Industrial Association in Santa Clarita. He was board member on the Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council, Santa Barbara and Ventura Taxpayers’ Association, the Santa Barbara Industrial Association, United Way, and Red Cross.
Currently, Ernie is the Special Projects Manager for The City of Fillmore responsible for Economic Development & President of The Fillmore Association of Business (FAB). He serves on various boards including El Concilio Family Services in Oxnard, The Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club and The Workforce Education Coalition.