Leadership

The Los Angeles Community College District is governed by a popularly elected seven-member Board of Trustees. Additionally, the District appoints a Chancellor and a Chief Facilities Executive  to oversee the management of Build-LACCD.

Board of Trustees & Executive Members


Board members are elected at large for terms of four years. Elections are held every two years, with three members being chosen at one election and four members at the other. The President and Vice President of the Board of Trustees are elected by the Board for one-year terms at the annual organizational and regular meeting in July. A student member is elected annually -- the term is June 1 through May 31 of each year.  Additionally, the District appoints a Chancellor and a Chief Facilities Executive  to oversee the management of Build-LACCD.

The board meets twice a month on Wednesdays. The first meeting of each month starts with a confidential closed session at 4 p.m., followed by a public open session at 6 p.m. The second meeting date includes board committees -- Budget and Finance, and Institutional Effectiveness & Student Success Committee at 3 p.m., and Legislative, and Facilities Master Planning and Oversight at 5 p.m., followed by closed session and/or open session, if necessary. Occasionally, special meetings of the board are called to handle business that cannot be dealt with completely at a regular meeting. For more information regarding the board meeting schedule and location, call the Office of the Board of Trustees at (213) 891-2044, or visit the LACCD Website

 

Board of Trustees

Scott Svonkin

Scott J. Svonkin

President

Scott Svonkin was elected in May to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees after serving on the San Gabriel Unified School Board.
His career focus has been in public service, particularly on education and non-profits, and as a businessman and experienced community activist. He served as a member of Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's staff. Currently Senior Advisor to Sheriff Lee Baca, Trustee Svonkin has also served as Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Paul Koretz and was a Deputy Councilman for West Hollywood. As a chief of staff, Scott was involved in key legislative projects such as: an aggressive anti-crime program focused on getting guns off the streets, the protection of children from tobacco and its advertising arms, and support for public education and working families. As Deputy Councilman, Scott worked on important legislation, community liaison activities, inter-governmental affairs, media relations and constituent services for West Hollywood.
Trustee Svonkin is committed to promoting educational opportunities for all through various organizations. He was recently elected President of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association and has served on the Valley College Foundation Board, the California State University, Northridge Legislative Advisory Council, the LA PROSPER Board of the Los Angeles Community College District, the Center for Southern California Studies Advisory Board and is a former Chairman of LAUSD Advisory Council District Four. As a health care executive, he arranged for his company to donate almost one thousand computers to public schools.
Concerned about public health, Scott served on the board of the Children's Hospital L.A. Huckleberry Fund and on the California Respiratory Board where his fellow members elected him President shortly after his appointment. Scott is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Credit Union, a billion-dollar financial institution. He is also Chairman of the L.A. County Insurance Commission.
A former businessman with Prudential Insurance, he began in 2001 Scott Svonkin Consulting, a marketing, communications and public affairs firm.
A native of Los Angeles County, Scott attended public schools and served two terms as the Student Member of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees. He went on to receive his B.A. from Cal State Northridge and later taught a course at Valley College.
During his six and a half years with Prudential, Scott received the company's Community Champions Rising Star Award for his commitment to helping others, and the Hero Award for creating a voter registration and grassroots-lobbying program.
Scott and his wife Jennifer have a daughter, Rose, and a son, Sam.

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Sydney K. Kamlager

First Vice President

Sydney K. Kamlager was elected to the Board of Trustees in March of 2015. She is currently District Director for State Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-30). Ms. Kamlager is responsible for the daily and strategic operations of Sen. Mitchell’s district office, including legislative and constituent initiatives, communications and programming. Previously, she was Director of External Affairs for Crystal Stairs, a child care development agency where she created Community Voices, a parent advocacy group that trained parent leaders across Los Angeles and raised the visibility of child care as a critical issue for working families and local economies. She has also served as Legislative Director at Employer’s Group, a human resource management firm, and Development Director for Cieluna, an entertainment production company. She began her professional career at the Social and Public Art Resource Center, a local nonprofit art institution. Overall, Ms. Kamlager has spent close to 20 years working in the nonprofit, entertainment and policy sectors. She has also taught at California State University, Los Angeles, and has spoken before local, national and international audiences on education and ECE issues, economic development, the arts, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and other issues that impact society. Ms. Kamlager also serves on the Board of Directors for The Unusual Suspects and is a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families. She serves on the statewide African-American Outreach Taskforce for Covered California, the Southern Los Angeles Patient Navigation and Wellness Center Advisory Committee and is on the Steering Committee for KOREH Los Angeles, a children’s literacy program at the Jewish Federation of Greater L.A. Ms. Kamlager graduated from the University of Southern California and Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc., and lives in Crenshaw Manor.

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Mike Fong

Second Vice President

Mike Fong has been appointed by the Los Angeles Community College District Board
of Trustees to serve out the remainder of the term of former trustee Miguel Santiago,
who left after winning a seat in the State Assembly.

When that term expires in July, Trustee Fong will begin serving the full four-year term
on the board that he won in the March election.

A lifelong Angeleno, Trustee Fong works with the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce
Development Department on youth employment, financial empowerment, and
education programs. He also audits and monitors various YouthSource Center agencies
that help young people pursue educational goals and job training programs.

Trustee Fong previously served as East Area Director for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio
Villaraigosa, acting as the primary liaison between the Mayor's Office and the dynamic
and diverse communities in Northeast and East Los Angeles. Trustee Fong was also
Policy Analyst for Workforce Development in the Mayor's Administration and the
Senior Liaison to the Asian Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles.

He is Chair of the PBS Southern California Asian Pacific Islander Community Council,
Vice Chair of the White Memorial Medical Center Community Leadership Council
and serves as a Board member and Immediate Past President of the Los Angeles City
Employees Asian American Association.

He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Education.

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Mike Eng

(Seat No. 3)

On March 5, 2013, Mike Eng was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District after serving in state and municipal office.
Mike previously served six years as a State Assemblyman during which time he chaired three of the Legislature’s critical Assembly policy committees: Transportation, Banking and Finance, and Business and Consumer Protection and, was a member of the Assembly Education Committee for three terms.
During his time in the legislature he authored: California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights to address the mortgage foreclosure crisis; California’s Human Right to Water Law; California’s comprehensive overhaul of the smog check process resulting in a removal of 70 tons of pollutants daily; Legislation to keep students safe from bullying as part of the State mandated school safety plan; Budget solutions to backfll the loss of funding for community colleges; Legislation to ensure long-term mass transit funding; and Groundwater Cleanup solutions in the San Gabriel Valley.
Prior to his time in the legislature, Mike served as Mayor and Councilman for the City of Monterey Park. He served on the City Library Board of Trustees for ten years and was also an appointee to the State Board of Acupuncture serving as Vice-Chair and head of the enforcement committee.
Mike Eng has taught at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, UCLA, and University of the West. He earned his Law Degree at UCLA and founded the immigration law firm of Eng and Nishimura. He also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Hawaii.
Mike Eng lives in the San Gabriel Valley, and is married to U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu.

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Ernest H.  Moreno

(Seat No. 4)

On March 5, 2013, Ernest Moreno was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District after 42 years as a District employee.
From student to college president, Mr. Moreno has served LACCD in many roles. He became President of East Los Angeles College on January 1, 1994 and, with the exception of an interim assignment as President of Los Angeles Mission College from July, 2006 until March, 2008, he continued in that capacity until his retirement in 2011.
Previously, Mr. Moreno was involved in employee relations for the District, was Chief Negotiator for both the Board of Trustees and the District, Dean of Academic Affairs at West Los Angeles College, Senior Director of Educational Services for the District, and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Instruction Officer at ELAC.
He was a member of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2006.
Mr. Moreno taught business administration, supervision and management, and labor relations at Los Angeles Trade Technical College from 1976 to 1986, and political science at WLAC from 1986 to 2006. A product of the San Gabriel Valley Unified School District, he attended California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He also earned a Masters in public administration from California State University, Long Beach.
Mr. Moreno is a member of the Board of Directors of Monterey Park Hospital, and Pan American Bank.
In 2004, he was given the John W. Rice Award for Equity and Diversity. In 2006, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) named Mr. Moreno Outstanding Administrator of the Year. In 2007, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley presented him with the Steve Allen Excellence in Education Award. Also in 2007, the AAHHE bestowed its annual Alfredo de los Santos Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education Award on Mr. Moreno.

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Nancy Pearlman

(Seat No. 6)

Nancy Pearlman is now Second Vice President on the LACCD Board of Trustees. Pearlman was elected to the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees in 2001. She chairs the Infrastructure Committee, which is charged with reviewing all construction projects under Propositions A, AA and Measure J, passed by the voters in 2001, 2003 and 2008.
Ms. Pearlman is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, environmentalist, college instructor, anthropologist, editor, producer, on-air personality, and outdoorswoman who has made safeguarding the earth’s ecosystems both a vocation and an avocation. For forty years, she has given her time and energy to the environmental cause. She was selected by the United Nations Environment Programme as a Global 500 Laureate and has received many other honors including the Chevron Conservation Award.
Since the 1970s when Ms. Pearlman coordinated the first Earth Day in Southern California, she has worked with and continues to be involved with hundreds of conservation organizations, serving as administrator, founder, member of advisory councils, participant, and member of boards of directors. She founded the Ecology Center of Southern California in 1972, Project Ecotourism in 1993, Earth Cultures in 2004, Humanity and the Planet in 2001 and Nancy Pearlman, the Eco-Traveler in 2007.
ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTIONS, her international weekly radio series, was started in 1977 and is now the longest-running environmental radio series in the country on broadcast and the Web. These half-hour programs, with one to three interviews per show, have featured leading scientists, authors, activists, and representatives from the business, academic, government, and nonprofit sectors.
As Executive Producer and Host of the three-time EMMY-nominated environmental television series ECONEWS, Ms. Pearlman covers every ecological issue. Since 1984, she has presented her programs weekly to more than 35 million homes via cable and broadcast television and over the Internet. More than 550 shows air on local origination, public access, governmental, school, and university channels, as well as on satellite to PBS stations.
Television specials that have won awards include “Gem in the Heart of the City” (the definitive piece on the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area), “Wind: Energy for 90’s and Beyond,” and “Population Crisis USA .” Television show honors include ACE-nominations (Award for Cable Excellence), Hometown USA Video Festival, and Diamond Awards. Nancy’s public service announcements have won numerous Buccaneer Awards from the Public Interest Radio and Television Educational Society.
As Executive Director to Educational Communications, Ms. Pearlman has edited for 37 years the bimonthly “Compendium Newsletter” and edited for 29 years the “Directory of Environmental Organizations.” She is also president of a media consulting firm which creates audio-visual materials. She has taught Cultural and Physical Anthropology, Broadcasting, Journalism, and Mass Communications at the college and adult level.
Nancy Pearlman is a member of the Gypsy Folk Ensemble, performing, and teaching ethnic world dance. Her athletic achievements include completing the Western States 100-mile run, finishing the Ironman Triathlon, climbing more than 100 listed peaks in California, winning long-distance races such as the 1980 Regional Championship 50-mile race, and performing in equestrian events.

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Andra Hoffman

(Seat No. 1)

Andra Hoffman was elected to the Board of Trustees in March of 2015. For nearly twenty years, Ms. Hoffman has been at Glendale Community College where she runs the Job Placement Center and is responsible for placing students in jobs and internships, both on and off campus. Previously she served as Director of Government and Community Relations for the college and continues to bring students, faculty and staff to Sacramento to lobby the legislature and teach students how to advocate for more resources for higher education. She began her career at Glendale College running AmeriCorps programs focused on Early Childhood, Welfare-to-Work, and Teacher Preparation and Training. She also serves as an adjunct professor of California and American Government. Her early career was in the non-profit sector where she worked for Free Arts for Abused Children, an organization dedicated to serving abused and neglected children through art. She also worked for the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council where she served as the Community Outreach Director, as a grant writer and placed volunteer leaders to form troops for girls in homeless shelters and housing projects in the East San Fernando Valley. Ms. Hoffman attended Los Angeles Valley College, received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Antioch University, and has a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. She lives in Encino and has two grown children.

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Alexa Victoriano

Student Trustee

Alexa Victoriano was elected to join the Los Angeles Community College District Board as the Student Trustee for the June 2016–May 2017 term. Alexa is a student at Los Angeles Harbor College majoring in communications studies and political science. She is the second of six children raised in San Pedro--her parents immigrated from Mexico. A graduate of San Pedro High School, Alexa is the first in her family to graduate from high school and pursue a postsecondary education.

As Student Trustee and Chair of the Student Affairs Committee—a standing committee of the Board--Alexa looks forward to working with Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, the members of the Board of Trustees, College Presidents, ASO/ASU/ASG Presidents, and students to address student concerns among the LACCD colleges and improve student success.

Alexa has volunteered in a variety of organizations with leadership roles. Prior to her student election to the LACCD Board, she was involved with college clubs including The PUENTE Project, served as Vice President of the Pacific Islander Club, served as publicity officer of Alpha Gamma Sigma, and founded the Model United Nations Club. Alexa began her tenure in student government in Fall 2014 as Associated Student Organization (ASO) Senator—elected by the student body the following year to the position of ASO Vice President. During her tenure as Vice President, she helped garner a commendation during the recent accreditation visit and improved student life on the college campus. Alexa continues her involvement with the Wilmington Improvement Network, Los Angeles Harbor Rotary, Wilmington Rotary, as well as political clubs in an effort to create a healthy learning environment for students and the surrounding community.

She will graduate from Los Angeles Harbor College in the Spring of 2017 with plans to transfer to a four-year university or college to pursue bachelor degrees in communications studies and political science with a minor is Spanish.

Alexa believes that, “If one person succeeds, we all succeed.”

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Executive Members

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Francisco C. Rodriguez

Ph.D., Chancellor

Dr. Francisco Rodriguez began his tenure as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District on June 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment as head of the nation’s largest community college district, Dr. Rodriguez served as superintendent/president at MiraCosta Community College District (Oceanside, CA) for five years and president at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, CA) for six years.

Dr. Rodriguez is recognized as a collaborator who instinctively knows how to bring people together, whether from business, civic or education communities, with the purpose of opening channels of communication and furthering the interests of students. With 30 years of experience as an educator, faculty member and administrator within California public higher education, Dr. Rodriguez is a noted scholar and speaker on topics ranging from higher education, student access and success, governance and governing boards, to workforce development, fundraising and philanthropy. Dr. Rodriguez has dedicated his career to diversity, equity and inclusion issues and to outreach to underserved communities, particularly the development of young Latino and African American males. He serves as a lecturer in the doctoral education programs at Sacramento State University and at San Diego State University.

Wherever Dr. Rodriguez has resided, he has been an active member of both service and community organizations, including the local Rotary Clubs, chambers of commerce, the Small Business Development Centers, and regional economic development councils. His call to service is demonstrated in the numerous organizations for which he volunteers and contributes.

Dr. Rodriguez serves on national panels, including the board of directors for the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Education and Human Resources and the National Endowment for Financial Education. Statewide, Dr. Rodriguez serves as chair of the Community College League of California’s Advisory Committee on Legislation; the executive board of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators Association; as a mentor for the Association of California Community College Administrators Mentor Program; and the advisory board for the School of Education for the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rodriguez also served on the UC Davis Foundation Board and is the past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis.

While at the MiraCosta Community College District, Dr. Rodriguez is credited with navigating the district through the devastating economic downturn that required deep budget cuts. Nonetheless, during his tenure there, student enrollment grew by 27 percent and student success improved, the number of student-veterans served doubled, and the college foundation raised over $5 million in private dollars and over $15 million in public grants.

At the Los Angeles Community College District, Dr. Rodriguez has set as his primary goal the building of the District’s profile and reputation as the best urban community college district to study and work. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Rodriguez is stressing an approach that includes a well-prepared and innovative faculty and responsive curriculum, excellent educational administrators, state-of-the-art buildings and equipment, superbly trained and professional support staff, and business and community engagement.

Dr. Rodriguez earned a bachelor of arts in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in education and a master of science in Community Development, both from the University of California-Davis. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Oregon State University.

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Tom Hall

Interim Chief Facilities Executive

Tom is the Interim Chief Facilities Executive for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). In this capacity, Tom oversees the operations of the District's award-winning facilities. Tom has also been instrumental in guiding Build-LACCD, the District's $6.2 sustainable construction program, which is one of the most expansive green building efforts in the world. By the end of the program, which began in 2001, the LACCD will have built nearly 70 structures that meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED(tm) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The program has received the coveted LEED(tm) Platinum Certification for three projects.
With more than 35 years of experience in the administration of facilities, Tom has managed facilities in both higher education and health care. Before working for LACCD, Tom spent 10 years directing facilities within the Missouri State University System.  Tom holds two Bachelor of Science degrees. The first he earned from Iowa State University, where he majored in biology. The second is from DeVry University, where he majored in electronic engineering technology. Tom also received a MBA in management and an Education Specialist Degree in the administration of higher education from the University of Central Missouri.

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