Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Ventura Foods, LLC
Monica Johnson is the Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Ventura Foods, LLC. An accomplished attorney and executive, she has worked with both large and small companies to achieve their business goals. Monica has over 16 years of experience in a broad range of industries, including foodservice, technology, manufacturing, and supply chain/logistics. Immediately prior to joining Ventura Foods, Monica was Senior Counsel at Western Digital. She previously served as Corporate Counsel of BAX Global and as an associate at Theodora Oringher and Yoka & Smith. Monica has also served in the administrations of three California governors including her most recent service for eight years on the California Board of Optometry as an appointee of Governor Schwarzenegger. As Vice Chair of the State of California Board of Optometry, she partnered with Board members to protect the public and regulate the profession of Optometry. Monica also had additional responsibilities on the Legislation & Regulation, Practice & Education, Executive and Consumer Protection Committees. With approximately 8,000 practicing optometrists and 500 optometric corporations, the largest population of optometrists in the United States, the Board falls within the California Department of Consumer Affairs. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Packaging Committee of the Association of Dressing and Sauces. Monica is also a board member of the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. She received her JD from Southwestern University School of Law and holds a BA in Rhetoric/Communications and Political Science from U.C. Davis.