After I was electied, I dedicated myself to becoming a well informed and effective trustee. As a new trustee, there were numerous rules, regulations, policies and complex budget matters that I wanted to master. I completed the coursework to earn the Excellence in Trusteeship certificate within 6 months of being elected a trustee.
I came to each meeting prepared to ask questions and make important decisions. I served on several board sub-committees where much of the work of the trustees is done outside of the board meetings.
I serve as a PCC liaison to LACSTA – Los Angeles County School Trustees Association to network and learn from trustees in other colleges with K-12 board members. I took on leadership positions at LACSTA –elected to the Executive Board, elected VP & Program Chair and President. This experience made me a better trustee and benefited PCC.
I became actively involved in the CCLC – Community College League of California, attending conferences, legislative summits where we take courses, share best practices with our fellow trustees and lobby our state legislators on important education issues and participating in different diversity caucuses.
I also became actively involved in ACCT – Association of Community College Trustees, the national organization where I was recently elected Chairperson of the Nominating Committee – Pacific Region. Attending conferences & legislative summits where we take courses, share best practices with our fellow trustees and lobby our US legislators on important education issues and participate in different diversity caucuses.
I am proud that the “Food for Thought” bill sponsored by Rep. Adam Shiff was a direct result of our lobbying efforts. The “Food for Thought” bill will ultimately extend the successful free and reduced meal programs now available to K-12 students to also include income eligible community college students throughout the nation.