Photo of Board Member Mona FieldMONA FIELD

Member of the Board

Mona Field was first elected by the voters to the Los Angeles Community College District Board in 1999, and reelected in 2003, 2007, and 2011. She has been elected by her colleagues twice to serve as the President of the Board of Trustees (2004 and 2009).

A lifelong resident of Los Angeles, Ms. Field received a B.A. degree in Social Relations at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and an M.A. degree in Social Sciences at California State University. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Field has been a leader in furthering causes of social responsibility, positive labor-management relations, and excellence in education.

Ms. Field has been a professor of political science at Glendale Community College. She has taught courses in American Political Ideals, California Government, Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Community Volunteerism, and Introduction to Social Science.

She has also taught and lectured at other venues, including UCLA Extension, California State University, Sacramento in the Community College Leadership Program, and the California School Employees Association Leadership Training Program.

A prolific writer, Ms. Field writes extensively on a variety of topics relating to social, educational, and political issues, including a best-selling college text, California Government and Politics Today, 14th Edition. She is also co-editor of the essay collection, The People and Promise of California. She is a sought-after facilitator of workshops and panels for a range of organizations including the Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, and the California Studies Center.

Some of her writing topics include:

  • “Leadership: Getting a New College President: Who? How? When?”
  • “Should Colleges be Forced to Teach the Constitution? Think of it as a Teach-In”
  • “Outside Experts or Hired Guns: How does your District Handle Labor Negotiations?”
  • “AB 982: Student Health Centers: It’s Controversial, It’s Signed, and Now What?”
  • “Keeping Track of Sacramento: An Ever-Challenging Task.”

Ms. Field has been the recipient of numerous awards including: Health Centers Association of the California Community Colleges Leadership Award, March 2006 for support of local funding for college health centers; Emil Freed Award for Advancing Educational Justice, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, March 2004; California Association of Leadership Programs Distinguished Leadership Award, March 2004; Playa Vista Jobs Vision Award, November 2002, for commitment to placing at-risk individuals in job training and work.

Ms. Field has worked on projects in the community college system to promote green building and sustainable campuses; to move welfare recipients into higher education; to develop a new generation of elementary level teachers who simultaneously gain tutoring experience and college credits; and to develop service learning curricula which encourages students to volunteer in the community while attaining academic goals.

Ms. Field has served as President of the Glendale College Guild, member of the Board of Governors of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for California Studies (CSUS), and member of the Benchmarks Task Force of the Southern California Association of Governments.

August 2014

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