Port Hueneme Council Member Sylvia Muñoz Schnopp was re-elected to a third, four-year term in November 2016 after serving a successful term as Council Member, Mayor (2011 and 2015) and Mayor Pro Tem (2010). She also served as member of the city’s Audit Committee, Water Rate Committee and Branding Committee. Her leadership as Mayor encouraged Port Hueneme’s City Council as the first Ventura County city voting to display “In God We Trust” at City Hall in November 2011. Her tenacity and efforts led to Governor Brown signing several state bills to ensure Hueneme Beach shoreline protection in October 2013 when federal funding was inadequate in providing beach restoration.
She serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County (EDC-VC), the board of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, and the Ventura County Council of Government (VCOG). She is a CA GOP delegate, a CA Strawberry Society Ambassador, and is featured in “Living Legends” published June 2013 by local Oxnard historian Jeff Maulhardt.
She owns Schnopp Consulting Group, providing general and segmented business consulting, marketing, public and external affairs strategies. Her business leadership has impacted numerous entrepreneurs, small businesses, international corporations, government and notable nonprofit organizations. Ms. Schnopp serves as an adjunct professor of business and accounting at Oxnard College and has produced work on local television regarding Mexico’s Cristero Revolution of the 1920s. She is an outreach specialist in the Central Coast area.
Ms. Schnopp was active with the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) and the Ventura County 2005 BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) Taskforce. She was a district delegate for Congresswoman Lois Capps, 23rd District, at the 2004 Congressional Small Business Forum on Capitol Hill, received the 2005 Community Advocate Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and was honored with other notable national and regional awards.
She spent eight years at AT&T Wireless Services and held a variety of regional, multi-state and national positions in marketing, public relations and external affairs, culminating as the National Director for Multi-Cultural Initiatives. Before AT&T, she was Marketing Director for United Way of Ventura County where she created and implemented the nationally-acclaimed “Day of Caring” volunteer campaign kick-off event, directed award-winning marketing campaigns, and is credited with launching the first issues-oriented donor choice program.
Ms. Schnopp earned an MBA from California Lutheran University; BS in Business Administration from Cal State University-Northridge, and Ministry Studies and Licensing from World Reaching Faith, Inc. She served on the St. John’s Regional Medical Center Community Board, The Museum of Ventura County Board of Directors and Ventura County Community Foundation’s Resource Center for Nonprofit Leadership. A published writer, guest columnist and lecturer, she is finalizing her first novel, “Abandoned Angels,” based on her family’s true story during Mexico’s Cristero Revolution and is a sought-after subject-matter expert. A native of Oxnard, she traces her Ventura County heritage to the early 20th century.