Francesca Vega recently announced that she is seeking a seat on the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees in the upcoming March 2015 election.
Building the workforce of the future through access to affordable educational opportunities has been a critical aspect of Vega's personal interests and professional work in higher education. As a result, Vega's campaign will reinforce education as a key focus to empower residents of the Los Angeles County, in particular women and people of color.
"I have nearly 10 years of experience working in public higher education," said Vega. "In addition to attending community colleges in California, I have worked collaboratively on issues relevant to the Los Angeles Community College District. I am now ready to be a candidate for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, where I will make strengthening the educational pipeline a priority issue for my constituents."
As a Trustee, Vega would focus on issues relevant to underserved communities, including student access, affordability and academic quality in the district. After observing the impact budget cuts had on the nine community colleges the district serves, Vega seeks to build a strong coalition between students, faculty, and businesses to ensure effective long-term planning for LACCD and its constituents.
For more than 13 years, Vega has been active in the political arena in Sacramento and Los Angeles. She currently serves as the director of government and community relations at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). In this role, she advocates on behalf of the university, promotes collaborative efforts and cultivates relationships between the campus, the greater Los Angeles community and key policy makers that impact higher education.
Prior to working at CSUN, Vega served as an assistant director of state government relations at the University of California, Los Angeles. There, she functioned as a spokesperson for campus stakeholders and built relationships with the surrounding communities and their government.
In 2001, Vega began her professional career as an advisor to the California State Assembly and relocated to Los Angeles from Sacramento in 2005 to work with the late Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh (D- 50) as policy coordinator.
Vega holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. She is also an active member of various civic and political organizations and serves on several community boards including the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project and the 33rd California Congressional District Leadership Council.