Building the workforce of the future through access to affordable educational opportunities has been a critical aspect of Vega’s personal interests and professional work in legislature as well as in higher education. As a result, Vega will place strengthening the educational pipeline as a priority issue.
“I have nearly 10 years of experience working in public higher education,” said Vega. “I have attended community colleges in California and have worked collaboratively on issues relevant to the Los Angeles Community College District. I am now ready to be a candidate for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees.”
In addition to focusing on underserved communities, Vega will focus on issues affecting student access, affordability and academic quality in the district. After observing the impact budget cuts had on nine community colleges the district serves, Vega now seeks to build a strong coalition between students, faculty, labor and business to ensure effective long-term planning for LACCD and its constituents.
Vega has been active in the political arena in Sacramento and Los Angeles for more than 13 years. This is her first campaign for elected office. She currently serves as the Director of Government and Community Relations at California State University Northridge (CSUN). In this role, she advocates on behalf of the university, promotes collaborative efforts between the campus and the greater Los Angeles community and cultivates relationships with key policy makers that impact public higher education.
Prior to working at CSUN, Vega served as an assistant director of State Government Relations at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She began her professional career in the California State Assembly in 2001 and relocated to Los Angeles from Sacramento in 2005 to work with the late Assemblymember Marco Firebaugh.