Highlighted Speaker BiosBoard of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee
What are the current high paying, as well as, hot / trending careers and what does the future hold for those looking to enter / re-enter the current workforce. Also, what skill-sets will be needed to secure these careers.
Moderator: Dr. Gabe Veas USC Ed Network


JoAnne Golden
Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Director of Public Policy
JoAnne Golden joined the LAEDC in November 2010 and is responsible for leading the LAEDC's public policy activities. In this capacity, Ms. Golden assists in creating, communicating, and implementing the LAEDC's public policy agenda. Ms. Golden also administers the LAEDC's various Strategic Advisory Committees, which help move both the LAEDC public policy agenda and the L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development forward.

Prior to joining the LAEDC, Ms. Golden served as the Policy Manager for the San Diego County Taxpayers Association-a nonprofit association founded in 1945, which is dedicated to promoting accountable, cost-effective, and efficient government. As Policy Manager, Ms. Golden led the policy efforts for the Association, including creating its policy priorities and conducting research and analysis. Ms. Golden drafted several reports for the Association, including the region's first-ever comprehensive pension report which provided a detailed look at pension benefits offered in the 17 CalPERS-contracted cities in San Diego County. Ms. Golden also worked closely with local and state governments to provide good government recommendations throughout San Diego County. Ms. Golden's research and advocacy at the Association not only helped save San Diego taxpayers millions of dollars through pension reform, but it also provided for more transparency in and accountability of government throughout the San Diego region.

Ms. Golden has additional experience in economic development and land use issues through working at the local level for the City of Taylor's Planning and Economic Development Department; at the private level for Schmitz & Associates, Inc., a Malibu-based land use consulting firm; and at the nonprofit level for the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

Ms. Golden has a Master's of Public Policy with a dual emphasis in Economics and State and Local Policy from Pepperdine University. She graduated summa cum laude from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Political Science and a Pre-Law Certificate of Completion.

Jorge Mata
Los Angeles Community College District, Chief Information Officer
Jorge Mata joined the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) in February 1989. He began his career in Los Angeles Valley College one of nine colleges in the LACCD. In December 2007 Jorge was selected to be the provisional Chief Information Officer for LACCD.

In December 2008, after a national search, Jorge was selected at the CIO for the LACCD. The Los Angeles Community College District is the largest community college district in the United States serving more than 250,000 students annually at nine colleges, spread throughout 36 cities in the greater Los Angeles area The LACCD colleges include, East Los Angeles College, Pierce College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, West Los Angeles College, South West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Mission College.

Jorge has been recognized for innovation in disruptive technology that maximizes value for his organization. The LACCD is currently in the middle of a 6 billion dollar capital construction program. In addition to all the operational and strategic initiatives in security, infrastructure and applications development, Jorge is leading a large group of IT professionals in standards development and IT procurement to support and leverage the capital construction program.

Jorge has been responsible for all aspects of technology at both the college campus and district wide level and has held the titles of micro-computer specialist, computer network specialist, Senior computer network specialist, Manager of College Information Systems and Chief Information office.

r Jorge continues to emphasize the role of IT in supporting and achieving the core mission of his institution: Student Success. He is passionate about the role of community colleges in helping students reach their goals and the value that IT can provide in that process.

Jorge attended East Los Angeles Community College and holds a B.S degree in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix Online and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the College of Business and Economics at California State University in Los Angeles.


Genine Wilson

Kelly Services, Vice President
Genine Wilson's experience brings over 20 years in talent procurement and results driven leadership, with a proven track record in understanding market trends, providing innovative solutions, talent acquisition assessment and planning. Joining Kelly Services in 1999, Genine has lent her experience to several roles and initiatives within the organization focused on change management, sales and operations, revenue and profit growth, and organizational planning. Being in the human capital solutions industry, Genine is passionate and invested in the development of a strong future workforce within Los Angeles and meeting emerging industry demands. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Workforce Development Committee for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, industry and education are able to come together to focus on these current and future needs.

Genine currently serves as Vice President for Kelly Services, a workforce solutions organization, and has responsibility for all staffing verticals for Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. This includes setting the strategic initiatives and direction for specialized staffing verticals in the territory focusing on workforce Total Supply Chain Management and developing client solutions and efficiencies, talent engagement and retention, and career development.


Raymond Gallego

FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising, Director of Operations, Career Center
Raymond J. Gallego is considered a vanguard in the career development industry. He is currently Director of Operations for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and manages the Career Center operations on all four campuses. He utilizes all the tools available to achieve his goals of creating an effective and strategic method to representing FIDM Students and Alumni to the industry. Ray's professional experience in ePortfolios, websites, social networking and blog sites has been instrumental to his work. Having recently customized a private career site for the FIDM Portal, students and alumni can take advantage of its full capacity to achieve their goal of landing a job in their specific industry. The FIDM portal has over 1800 new industry related jobs per month as well as a 90% placement rate of graduates six months after graduation.

Ray has developed and implemented many new student/alumni-training initiatives to enhance their skills for the achievement of career goals. As an educator, Ray is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote high quality resumes and portfolios that reflect updates and changes in the design world.

Ray has been an instructor, a career advisor, and special project lead in the higher education field which has led him to gain invaluable depth of knowledge of the professional industry. In his previous career Ray was in the Design/Build (manufacturing) and architectural industry for 22 years. As a result, his skills range from the interior design, architecture, project management, budget & estimating, manufacturing, customer relations and corporate administrator which have been instrumental in his career.
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