Will be the first open LGBTQ+ person elected to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees!
David is a founder of HONOR PAC, a Political Action Committee that supports Latino LGBTQ political candidates. David now serves as the first open LGBTQ Trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), representing 300,000 students, many of them who are LGBTQ+. David has been at the forefront in advocating for students and faculty as Chair of LACCD’s Legislative and Public Affairs Committee and Chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Affairs. In this capacity, David has championed a second year of college promise, student housing, job training, job creation, LGBTQ Bill of Rights and completion of student certificates, transferring and A.A. degrees. He also expanded and built on the District-Wide Lavender District graduation. In addition David led the charge in creating state laws that look at college affordability, streamlining the application process, proper faculty ratios and financial aid expansion. Mr. Vela recently ensured that workforce dollars were kept in place and colleges continued to educate students amid the current pandemic. David Vela received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with Concentrations in Economics and International Relations. He owns his own Public Affairs company and lives in Montebello, CA.