Dougie began his work life when he entered the military at age 17. After his active duty ended, he began college on the GI bill, graduating from U.C. Davis with a B.S. in Biochemistry in June 1978. Dougie was then accepted into the rigorous law program at Pepperdine University. There he received his legal Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, in December 1980.
He immediately began a legal career which included serving as an in-house counsel for Travelers Insurance Company and as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles. He established his own law firm in 1988.
Dougie has extensive experience in legal matters and has represented thousands of legal clients. He has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, making him knowledgeable regarding commercial and investment real estate. His background that will be extremely helpful in matters involving the City’s real estate.
Recognizing the need for more diverse knowledge to better serve his clients, Dougie took three years to complete additional professional studies. He began a full-time master's degree program at Columbia University in New York in September 2000. He completed the program in May 2001. He earned his Ph.D. in Planning 16 months later at Texas A&M University in August 2002. Meanwhile, in July 2002 he entered the highly rated M.B.A. program at the top European business school, IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he received his M.B.A. in November 2003.
In 2006 Dougie became a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ as a means of better understanding the financial issues regarding retirement assets and investments, Dougie’s MBA educational background, as well as his financial planning knowledge, provide valuable tools to enhance his understanding of the financial issues that the City will face in the coming years.
Dougie resides in the Oxnard Plain with his wife and children, where he was active in AYSO sports, serving in the past as a U8, U10 & U12 referee and U10 & U12 coach. He spent several years on the site council of Pierpont Elementary School, was an active chamber ambassador for many years of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. For many years he was on the Board of Directors of the Capistrano Surfside Inn Timeshare Owners Association as well as the Southern Bear Credit Union and the California Bear Credit Union. He also served on active duty and then in the National Guard for over 20 years, retiring as a Captain in the Air Force National Guard.
(Dougie Michie retired from the Air Force National Guard. His military title use does not imply endorsement by the Departments of Air Force or Defense.)
2010-Present: Ventura Coast Wealth Management
2007-2008: Cal Lutheran MBA program, Professor of Business Finance
2006-2010: Edward Jones Investments
1990-1991: Science Applications International Corp., Interagency Security Task Force Instructor
1988-Present: Michie Law Firm
1986-1988: Fitzpatrick & Barbieri; Associate attorney
1985-1986: Traveled 1&1/4 year: Africa and Europe
1984-1985: David Schuman Law Office; Associate attorney
1983-1984: L.A. County District Attorney; Prosecutor
1982-1983: Travelers Insurance Company; In-house attorney
1981-1982: Bodkin, McCarty, et. al; Associate attorney
1996-1999: U.S. Air Force, National Guard. Retired
1975-1996: U.S. Army, National Guard or Reserves
1972-1975: U.S. Navy Seabees, active duty
2008-2017: AYSO, Referee volunteer for seven soccer seasons
2009-2016: AYSO, Coach volunteer for nine season teams
2009-2015: Capistrano Surfside Inn Timeshare Owners, Board of Directors
2009-2010: Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Ventura Graduate
2008-2010: Pierpont Elementary School, Site Council
2006-2010: Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador volunteer
1995: San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Judge Pro Tempore
1983-1985: California Bear Credit Union, Board of Directors
1981-1982: Southern Bear State Employees Credit Union, Board of Directors
MBA 2002-2003: Institute for Management Development [Switzerland]
PhD 2001-2002: Texas A&M University, Urban Planning
Dissertation: Comparison of Laws Regulating Manufactured Home Placement
M.Sc. 2000-2001: Columbia University, Real Estate Finance
J.D. 1978-1980: Pepperdine University Law School, cum laude
B.S. 1977-1978: University of California, Davis, Biochemistry
A.A. 1975-1976: Orange Coast College, General Education
Chartered Life Underwriter designation, #1333543; awarded 2008
Certified Financial Planner designation, #114530; awarded 2006
Certified Commercial Investment Member designation, #12529; 2005
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society; Inductee 2002
Chase Community Development Competition; Finalist 2001
Cum Laude award of JD; awarded 1980
American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law; awarded 1980
Ventura raised children attended - Pierpont Elementary, Cabrillo Middle School & Ventura High
Married 21 years
Worker in Ventura since 2003
Retired military officer