October 06, 2020
Sacramento, Calif. – California Community Colleges Board of Governors President Tom Epstein and Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley issue statements on the death of Board Member Alma Salazar:
“Alma Salazar was a relentless advocate for educational and employment opportunity for low-income Californians in both her work and her service on our Board of Governors,” said Epstein. “She was passionate in her commitment to students and the proposition that community colleges are powerful forces for social and economic progress. We will miss her deeply.”
“I am profoundly saddened by the news of the passing of Board of Governors member Alma Salazar. I had the pleasure of working with Alma for more than 10 years,” Oakley said. “She was a tireless advocate for Californians of all backgrounds and a dedicated board member who always championed community college students. With her passing we lost a truly remarkable Californian.”
Salazar was Executive Vice President of UNITE-LA. She held multiple positions at UNITE-LA, including vice president from 2008 to 2014 and director from 2000 to 2008. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and a Master of Public Policy degree from California State University, Long Beach.
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