BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SCOTT J. SVONKIN
Scott J. Svonkin was elected in May 2011 to the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District after serving on the San Gabriel Unified School District 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, and worked as 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, intergovernmental affairs, media relations and constituent services for West Hollywood.
Trustee Svonkin is committed to promoting educational opportunities for all through various organizations. He served as President of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association and has served on the Los Angeles Valley College Foundation Board, the California State University, Northridge Legislative Advisory Council, the LA PROSPER Board of the Los Angeles Community College District, and the Center for Southern California Studies Advisory Board. He is a former Chairman of the Los Angeles Unified School District Advisory Council for 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 a member of the Board of Directors of the California Credit Union--a billion-dollar financial institution, and is also Chairman of the Los Angeles County Insurance Commission.
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 California State University, Northridge and later taught a course at Los Angeles 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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