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L.A. Area Chamber S.V.P. named to California Community Colleges Board of Governors

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce applauds Alma Salazar, Ed.D., senior vice president of the Chamber’s Center for Education Excellence and Talent Development, on her recent gubernatorial appointment to serve on the California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors. Chamber President and CEO, Maria S. Salinas, issued this statement, following the announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom on these appointments. 

“Alma is a stand-out, proven leader in the education field, particularly with her work helping L.A. area students achieve success in higher education and in the workforce. The Chamber, as the leading business member organization for the Los Angeles region, understands the importance of positively impacting student outcomes to achieve the best future talent,” said Salinas. “Her appointment to the CCC Board of Governors allows her impact to be felt on a much larger, state-wide scale. We are confident that Alma, a vocal and passionate leader for student-centered reforms, will continue to advance measures that promote student success across the system, and we look forward to supporting her in this new endeavor. I know first-hand that the California Community Colleges will not only be grateful for her service, but they will also be the better because of it.”

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges set policy and provide guidance for the 73 districts and 115 colleges that constitute the system. Board members are appointed by the Governor and formally interact with state and federal officials and other state organizations. 

Alma Salazar, 45, of Long Beach, has been senior vice president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce since 2014. She held multiple positions at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, including vice president from 2008 to 2014 and director from 2000 to 2008. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and a Master of Public Policy degree from California State University, Long Beach.



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