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Nan Drake is the voice of one of the largest family-owned refuse collection companies in the United States, E.J. Harrison & Sons. She also represents Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station and Agromin Premium Soil Products. And she has owned her own company, Nan Drake and Associates, for 30 years.

Drake’s tireless commitment to recycling has made Ventura County among the most praised counties in California. All of Harrison’s franchise clients – the cities of Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Fillmore, Ojai and Carpinteria as well as unincorporated areas of Ventura County and the Channel Islands Beach Services District – have consistently surpassed the state’s strict waste diversion goals, as set by AB 939.

Among her greatest assets, Drake has done a remarkable job of balancing the environment with the economy. A longtime member of the regional Economic Development Collaborative's board of directors, she served as its vice chair in 2019 and took over in 2020 as board chair. Leveraging public and private funds, the nonprofit, Camarillo-based EDC is highly regarded as a key player in delivering business consulting, funding and strategic initiatives that support Ventura County and neighboring counties.

Drake also has served as a longtime director on the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) board. She’s previously served on VCEDA’s executive committee; in 2016, she successfully co-chaired VCEDA’s Business Outlook Conference; and in 2013, she received VCEDA’s prestigious Carl Lowthrop Golden Eagle Award, its highest honor, presented each year to a volunteer demonstrating exemplary character.

Drake has been a Top 50 Women in Business awardee for 12 consecutive years. Among other recent honors, she was named Citizen of the Year in 2017, at the Ventura Chamber’s annual Poinsettia Awards. And she was honored in 2019 as Mother of the Year by the Livingston Memorial Foundation; in attendance to help honor her was her proud and devoted son, Peter A. Drake, a senior vice president of Bank of America in Los Angeles, accompanied by his wife, Bertha Romero, a former banker.

In her more than 40-year record of public service in Ventura County, Drake also has served as chair of both the Ventura and Santa Paula chambers of commerce and as a member of the Carpinteria Chamber board. In addition, she is a charter member of County Ventura’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which celebrates its 32nd year in 2020, and is a longtime co-chair.

Drake is a former Ventura City Council member; past chair of the Assistance League of Ventura and of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board; and past board member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

In 2016, she was the chief fundraiser for the city of Ventura’s 150th anniversary celebration, for both the events and the building of the historic permanent sesquicentennial mural, and she served that year on the Ventura Music Festival Cabaret Committee, as well.

She’s also served on Ventura County’s Job Training Policy Council, Private Industry Council and Workforce Development Board, and she’s served on the advisory committee of the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance.

Nan Drake is a true dynamo, supporting countless organizations, giving freely of her time, talent and treasure. She is known to open her heart and her home to many causes, and every Venturan has benefited from her tireless efforts.


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