December 13, 2023

By Juliet Hidalgo

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees elected Trustee Nichelle Henderson to serve as President of the Board of Trustees for 2024. The Board also elected Trustee Kelsey Iino to serve as Vice President and Trustee Sara Hernandez as the Board’s Second Vice President.

“As I take on this new role as Board President, I want my work to be centered on student success, especially for historically marginalized communities. I want to ensure that all students know and understand the opportunity and hope that LACCD provides to our communities,” said President Nichelle Henderson. “Additionally, our future and current students need to thrive, so I am interested in shaping and advocating for policies thatremove any and all barriers to success. Our District is truly a model of excellence, equity and diversity and I will do all I can to shine this light as we advocate for LACCD.”

During the meeting, Trustee David Vela was recognized for his outstanding leadership as 2023 Board President, where he was instrumental in securing several wins in the State Budget, including the $2.5 million allocation to establish the LACCD Small Business and Entrepreneur Center at ELAC and a $10 million state allocation for all LGBTQ studentsupport at California Community Colleges. He is also credited for increasing awareness of student basic needs, advocating for student housing resources, and ensuring a seven-year reaffirmation of accreditation for all nine LACCD colleges.

“I know Board  President Henderson will bring innovation and passion, alongsidea deep commitment to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our District. This board leadership team of President Henderson, Vice President Iinoand Second Vice President Hernandez, bring a clear mission to better serve our students and fulfill our educational promise and mission at LACCD,” said Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez.

About the Los Angeles Community College District LACCD is Where Los Angeles Learns! LACCD ( is the nation’s largest community college district, educating about 210,000 students annually at its nine colleges that serve the residents of more than 36 cities and communities from 900 square miles of Los Angeles County. Since 1969, the District has been providing an important learning pathway for students seeking transfer to four-year colleges or universities while also offering two-year degrees and certificated training programs to Southern California’s diverse workforce in many specialized trades and professions. Learn more about our L.A. College Promise program of free tuition at OurPromiseYourPath

Members of the Board | Nichelle Henderson, President |, Kelsey K. Iino, Ed.D, Vice President | Second Vice President, Sara Hernandez | Andra Hoffman | Steven F. Veres | Gabriel Buelna, Ph.D. | David Vela | Alexy Cordova, Student Trustee