BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

Photo of Board Member Steve VeresSTEVEN F. VERE​S

Member of the Board​

Steve Veres is the immediate past president of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board Trustees. He has served as a Trustee since 2011. At LACCD, he lead efforts to improve graduation, transfer and job training.  He was the lead sponsor of the Districts Award winning Clean Energy and Sustainability Program and has presided over nearly $4B in facility improvements, including the physical transformations of Los Angeles Mission and Los Angeles Valley Colleges. Under Steve’s leadership, LACCD has built more LEED Certified/ Energy Efficient facilities than any other Community College District in the nation. In addition, he’s been a strong advocate of the Districts efforts for Racial Equity and Social Justice, basic student needs as well as housing for homeless students.

With over 20 years of public and community service in the San Fernando Valley, Steve has been fighter for equity, civil rights and creating opportunity for disadvantaged communities. He’s the son of immigrant working class parents.

He was a student activist at UCLA and worked as a public school teacher,  college instructor and as a journalist and news editor for the San Fernando Sun Newspaper.

 Steve has vast experience on issues confronting Los Angeles. He is former mayor of the City of San Fernando where he helped improve the quality public safety, housing and recreation space. He is experienced on the transportation and water infrastructure needs of the region having served on Metropolitan Transit Authoritys San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council as well as the Metropolitan Water District.

 Steve has also worked for legislature having served as the District Director and Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Maria Elena Durazo, Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assemblymember Cindy Montanez.  His work efforts include making Community College tuition free, securing funding to build 17 new parks in Los Angeles and developing the new California Homeless Hiring Tax Credit. In 2014, Steve helped negotiate the effort to triple Californias Film and Television Tax Credit and make it more accountable to taxpayers. The bill was praised as one of the most significant steps to protect Californias film industry jobs in the past 100 years.

 He is an appointed member of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy where he’s championed access to the coast, land conservation, climate resilience, supporting the Rim of the Valley and connecting parklands to working class communities. Steve is also a volunteer member of the Friends of the Los Angeles River Board of Directors where he’s advocated for the cleaning up and the greening up of the river for all Los Angeles Communities.

 He serves on the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee where he advocates for Clean Transportation funding and infrastructure and was instrumental in the development of the Dodger express shuttle service from LA Union Station to Dodgers Stadium.

 He and his wife, Cynthia, are raising their three daughters in Sherman Oaks. Steve has coached youth soccer and volunteered his time to improve opportunities for girls to equitably participate in sports.


 March 2022

 

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