Trustee Jose Solorio was elected to the Board of Trustees in
November 2012. He represents Area 1 and currently serves as chair of the Board
Facilities Committee. His personal story is an inspiring one.
The son of migrant farm workers, Trustee Solorio went from
laboring as a teenager in the fields, alongside his parents, to earning a
bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and a master's degree in public policy from
Harvard University. After representing Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana in
the State Assembly six years, he now serves central Orange County on the Board
of Trustees for the Rancho Santiago Community College District.
In his role as our State Assemblyman,
and now as Community College Trustee, he has focused his efforts on education,
job creation, public safety and infrastructure improvements.
In the State Assembly, Trustee Solorio
successfully worked with Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to
author and co-author laws to reform state prisons, create the state’s first
gang czar, and secure grants to help prevent
gang involvement and youth violence in Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana.
In the area of education, he authored
laws to improve the way we measure academic achievement, help students learn
English faster, train teachers to use data to improve classroom instruction,
and reduce the high price of college student textbooks.
Education has always been a priority of
Trustee Solorio. He says a quality college education is what has given him and
countless others the opportunity to reach their dreams.
To protect those opportunities for
others in central Orange County, as Trustee he works on keeping our community
colleges affordable and accessible, strengthening relationships with local
employers to maximize job placements for students, partnering with faculty
to ensure they have the support and academic tools necessary to provide quality
and cutting-edge instruction to students, and modernizing facilities and
classrooms so our students have the best technology and skills to compete in
today’s economy and improve their chances to transfer to four year
In addition to his work in local and
state government, Trustee Solorio has 14 years of public affairs, marketing,
public relations, research and communications experience. He uses those skills
in his Public Affairs and Marketing consulting business to help organizations
and businesses - large and small - tackle tough issues and communicate their
Often asked why he dedicates so much
time and effort in the community, Solorio recites one of Cesar Chavez’s famous
quotes: “The end of all education should surely be service to others."
President Solorio can be reached by email.
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