Carol Ornelas

Carol Ornelas

Carol Ornelas

Chief Executive Officer, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc.
representing UnidosUS

For the last 30 years, Carol J. Ornelas has served as Chief Executive Officer for Visionary Home Builders of California, formerly ACLC, Inc.; a nonprofit residential development company and provider of social services in housing-related issues. VHB is headquartered in Stockton, California. Carol is highly recognized as a leader within the community, as well as nationally in the housing industry. Her strength is in building and creating partnerships, and collaborating with city and state officials and other agencies to provide quality affordable housing for the communities she serves.

Under Carol’s direct leadership, VHB has built and rehabilitated more than 1200 units of rental housing and more than 500 residential homes for first-time homebuyers within San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Merced Counties.

Carol is one of 49 leaders nationwide selected for the NeighborWorks® Achieving Excellence in Community Development program in collaboration with Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Through her leadership, she has been able to bring more than $600 million in grants and private dollars to develop affordable housing in the San Joaquin Valley.