Candidate Watch – Lan Jefferson
San Diego: Commissioner Lan Elizabeth Jefferson is a candidate for the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees. If elected, Lan would become the first African American and Asian woman to sit on the Board. Lan is passionate about the power and potential that a quality and affordable community college education can provide to every San Diegan. “I believe education is a bridge to improving the quality of life for everyone and the link to economic security and empowerment,” said Lan.
As a sixteen-year San Diego resident, Lan has experienced the changes over the years at the community colleges. Lan wants to ensure San Diego community colleges meet their mission, “To provide accessible, high quality learning experiences to meet the educational needs of the San Diego community.” and are held accountable to all the communities they serve. Lan’s priorities are to keep tuition affordable; improve graduation rates and college preparation; promote educational opportunity and economic empowerment; recruit and retain quality culturally competent faculty; develop community partnerships and collaborations; maximize technology and environmental initiatives; and increase working families ability to connect to a strong workforce.
Lan has a Masters of Social Work in Public Policy and Social & Economic Development from Washington University. She has volunteered on behalf of San Diegans on many occasions, including as a Citizens Equal Opportunity Commissioner for San Diego City, Planning Committee and Redevelopment Project Area Committee Board Member of North Park; Graduate Advisor at UCSD, SDSU and USD; Leadership Enhancement Coordinator for San Diego High Schools; Reading Tutor for Oak Park Elementary School; and Public Library Storyteller in North Park. In addition, Lan is a LEAD San Diego Graduate. A program designed to inform and inspire leadership and civic engagement on regional issues.
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