County CEO recognized among the Top 50 Women in Business in 2023


VENTURA, Calif. – On Thursday, April 20, County Executive Officer, Dr. Sevet Johnson, was recognized by the Pacific Coast Business Times as one of the Top 50 Women in Business. The event, which was held at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel in Santa Barbara, honored women leaders in business from across San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Dr. Johnson was the keynote speaker for the evening.

“It was an honor to be recognized among this incredible cohort of women business leaders who have shown up and excelled in their own unique ways,” said Dr. Johnson. “Their efforts have left an indelible mark on their industries and wider communities. Through unparalleled leadership, tenacity, and resilience, they have paved the way for other women and young leaders, such as our daughters, to have role models to look up to and follow in their footsteps.”

Dr. Johnson has served as the County Executive Officer since 2022, previously holding the role of Interim County Executive Officer. In her role, Dr. Johnson oversees 27 County agencies and departments with an operating budget of $2.7 billion and over 10,000 staff members. She also serves as the Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board.

Prior to her tenure in the County Executive Office, Dr. Johnson served as the Chief Deputy Director of the Ventura County Health Care Agency and Director of the Behavioral Health Department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts – Boston, a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University – Los Angeles.

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