RELEASE: Sen. De Leòn Congratulates New LACCD Board President Steve Veres -- Reformer Veres Elected Today by Colleagues

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Senator Kevin de Leòn (D-Los Angeles) today congratulated Steve Veres on his election to Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board President. Veres was elected to the LACCD Board of Trustees in March, 2011 for a four-year term that began in July, 2011.

  “Steve is a demonstrated leader at the local government level,” said Senator De Leòn. “The staff and students of the LACCD are fortunate to be benefiting from his wisdom and experience. He is leading the District in the right direction toward more accountability and transparency. His fiscal and governance reform efforts set the tone for a responsive District that truly serves students first.”

 Veres serves currently as Senator De Leòn’s District Director. He was a two-term member of the San Fernando City Council, serving from 2003 to 2011 and served as Mayor from January, 2009 to March, 2010. 

 Veres’ public service work includes memberships on the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council (2008-10), the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (2009 to present), and on the Metropolitan Water District (2004 to 2007).

  He grew up in Boyle Heights and Huntington Park, attending Los Angeles Unified schools and Loyola High School, and he graduated from UCLA with honors. He continued his education at that college in the Master’s Program for Latin American studies with an emphasis on urban planning, then did three years of doctoral work in UCLA’s history department.

 Veres has been recognized both nationally and statewide for his work on the California Health Leadership Program on Diabetes and Obesity, and locally at the San Fernando Library where he promotes literacy on a volunteer basis. He is married and has two daughters.