Nicole Jones elected president, African American Trustees Caucus
Nicole Jones was elected president of the African American California Community College Trustees in December 2017
Compton College Trustee Nicole Jones to lead statewide African American California Community College Trustees caucusCOMPTON — Compton Community College District Board of Trustees President, Nicole J. Jones was recently elected president of African American California Community College Trustees (AACCCT), an affinity caucus of the Community College League of California, the statewide membership organization for trustees serving the 114 community colleges statewide.
The mission of AACCCT is to advance and strengthen the position of African Americans within California’s community college system with a goal to improve access and outcomes for African American students enrolled at the state’s community colleges. AACCCT works to increase the number of African Americans elected, selected and/or appointed to executive positions and advocate for policies that best serve African American students and communities – as a strategy to support all community college students.
AACCCT works closely with other College League of California caucus organizations, including the Asian Pacific Islander Trustees and Administrators Caucus, California Association of Latino Community College Trustees, and Administrators, and Veterans Caucus. Collaboratively, AACCCT seeks to improve community colleges by equipping trustees with professional development and information.
“It is an honor to pass the leadership baton to Trustee Nicole Jones as she becomes the next African American California Community College Trustees president,” said Eric Payne, outgoing president and trustee at State Center Community College District in Fresno. “I am confident that Trustee Jones will continue the important work and legacy of our caucus.”
Jones took the oath of office as a Compton Community College District Board of Trustees member for Trustee Area 2 in November 2016; she was elected president of the Board of Trustees in December 2017. She works as the senior special assistant to California State Controller Betty Yee. She has experience in nonprofit management, public affairs, and philanthropy, and has worked across multiple sectors including government, foundations, higher education and civic organizations.
Jones earned a master’s of public administration degree at Bernard M. Baruch College in New York, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with emphasis on urban education from the University of California, Berkeley.
Historically, the Compton Community College District has been an active force in promoting the AACCCT mission. In April 2010, Compton College Trustee Dr. Deborah LeBlanc led the charge to establish the caucus, playing a significant role in organizing trustees across the state. LeBlanc also has the special distinction of serving as the first African American California Community College Trustees president.
During her tenure as president, LeBlanc organized several summits to explore issues related to African American student success and community engagement.
“While she is a new leader within the community college system, Trustee Nicole Jones is a proven leader and has a track record of community service,” said Le Blanc. “It is an honor to have Compton College continue the legacy in leading African American California Community College Trustees and continuing advocacy for students and communities locally and statewide.”
About the Compton Community College District
Board meetings are usually held the third Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. The District is located at 1111 E. Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90221.