The Right Advocate For Our Future

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Sydney Kamlager
President of the Board,
Los Angeles Community College District

A better tomorrow starts with access to affordable, high quality higher education.

Meet Sydney

“Service is the rent we pay for room on this Earth” – Shirley Chisholm.

During her tenure, Ms. Kamlager-Dove has promoted policies and advanced efforts to improve L.A.’s nine-campus community college system and adhered to her policy objectives for tracking measureable progress in providing greater college access, faculty diversity, classroom-to-job workforce development, expansion of career technical education, student success and improved customer service.

She previously served as the board’s First Vice President, chair of the Committee of the Whole, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, vice-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success Committee and member on the Facilities Master Planning and Oversight Committee and Legislative and Public Affairs Committee.

She played a key role in expanding opportunities for a diverse array of firms – local, small-to-medium sized companies, and minority and women-owned businesses – to participate in competitive bid process for the more than $41 million contracts awarded by the college district.

Ms. Kamlager-Dove established a relationship between the LACCD and L.A. County courts that has enhanced support services for emancipated foster teens enrolled in or seeking admission to L.A.’s community colleges. She has worked to provide additional support services to re-entry students and restore funding to the LACCD’s African American Outreach Initiative.

In addition to her elected board duties and responsibilities, Ms. Kamlager-Dove works as District Director for the Honorable Holly J. Mitchell, California State Senate, 30th District.

Prior to her work in the public sector, Ms. Kamlager-Dove worked for over 20-years in the non-profit and private sector fields of early childhood education, entertainment and public policy.

A Chicagoan at heart, Ms. Kamlager-Dove earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California and masters’ degree in Arts Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc., and resides with her family in L.A.’s Crenshaw Manor community.

The LACCD is the largest community college district in the United States, serving more than 120,000 students across a Southern California geographic area encompassing nearly 900-square-miles.

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