I am proud to serve as a Trustee of the South Orange County Community College District.
As a parent, business owner and fiscal conservative I am committed to ensuring our precious tax dollars provide world-class education at Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges and the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP). I strongly believe that affordable education creates jobs, increases earnings and decreases reliance on government programs.
Our community colleges are thriving institutions enabling students to transfer to universities, develop skills required for gainful employment or engage in lifelong learning through our wonderful Emeritus Program.
I have been deeply involved in the South Orange County community volunteering with the PTA, Saddleback Valley YMCA, business mentoring, community workshops and coaching youth athletics.
I have lived in Mission Viejo for over 15 years with my wife Gassia and two children. I am well aware of the educational opportunities our children need as they prepare to enter a 21st century workforce. Our community colleges play an instrumental role in providing our children the foundation as they progress into other educational institutions and the workforce.
Proud to assist and have our entire family present at my wife Gassia's 2015 Swearing-in as a OC Superior Court Judge by Judge James Rogan
I am the founder and President of Jemal Public Affairs, an Orange County-based public relations and business development firm. I established the corporation in 2007 and continue to lead the firm.
Previously, I served as the Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA) of Orange County, representing all segments of the local technology industry. I saw first-hand the critical role our community colleges play in providing students with technical and certificate programs employers require to compete globally. My previous experience includes teaching Business Administration and Communications courses at the University of California-affiliated American University of Armenia.
I earned a Master's degree in International Business from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. I also took business administration courses at Lansing Community College.
As a vested member of this community I share your concerns about our children's future and recognize education is the key to their success in a global economy.
As a Trustee, I will continue to lead the way in developing stronger partnerships between businesses and the community colleges to assure our education and training is on the cutting edge of what employers are seeking.
I believe education builds lessons for a lifetime and will continue to be a tireless advocate in supporting and sustaining a world-class educational system in South Orange County. Our community deserves nothing less.