About Tim

Tim Jemal is currently the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the South Orange County Community College District. First elected in 2012, Mr Jemal is serving his second four-year term. Understanding the increasing importance of business engagement in education and job training, one of his first activities as an elected official was to request a comprehensive report on business partnerships Districtwide. He served as President of the seven-member Board of Trustees for three consecutive terms from 2015-2018 and continues to provide leadership to increase and embed the needs of business in education decisions Districtwide. The District includes Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College and the Advanced Technology and Education (ATEP) campus and serves over 50,000 students annually with rigorous academic classes preparing for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, basic skills attainment, career technical education and robust workforce development programs.The regional ATEP campus is a comprehensive public-private partnership focusing on providing students workforce development and career technical skills essential for employment in STEM fields and high demand jobs. This development, which sits in the center of Orange County, offers innovative hands-on learning and retraining in unique collaboration with businesses, a hallmark of President Jemal’s vision.

Complementing his leadership in higher education, Mr. Jemal currently serves as the Executive Director of the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). TECNA represents approximately 50 technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology firms throughout North America. TECNA’s top priority is supporting, educating, encouraging and empowering individuals and organizations to participate in STEM education and workforce development, and providing new and expanded opportunities for youth and adults regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

 As Executive Director of TECNA, Mr. Jemal has led the efforts to gather comprehensive data on youth and adult STEM-programs in over 30 states that includes analysis of employment trends and engagement of partnerships with nonprofits, governments and industry. He oversees a national network of workforce development professionals in the technology industry which convenes on a regular basis to share best and emerging workforce development practices in K-12 education, higher education, nonprofit organizations and all segments of the technology industry. Mr. Jemal’s experience includes organizing national conferences in STEM-related programs and promoting the talent pipeline to address current and future jobs. He continues to bring together public and private sector officials to discuss and measure the effectiveness STEM-related programs including internships, externships, apprenticeships, career fairs, online talent engine portals and service learning. 

 From 2005-2008, Mr. Jemal served as the Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA) of Orange County, representing all segments of the local technology industry. He saw first-hand the importance of providing students with technical and certificate programs employers require to compete globally. At AeA, he launched the Innovation in Education Awards, an annual event recognizing students and educational leaders throughout Orange County for their innovative uses of science, math and technology in the classroom and community. 

Mr. Jemal’s experience includes running an international Voice of the Internet (VoIP) business and teaching Business Administration and Communications courses at the University of California-affiliated American University of Armenia.   

 Mr. Jemal has been deeply involved in the local community volunteering with the PTA, YMCA, Junior Achievement, Little League, AYSO, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) and Pop Warner Football. For nearly four years, he served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of California, Irvine, Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Heearned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University and an MBA degree in International Business from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.Mr. Jemal is married to Gassia Apkarian and they have two children.