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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

North Orange County Community College DistrictCandidate for Trustee, Trustee Area 6

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Jeffrey P. Brown

NOCCCD Boardmember/Engineer
22,753 votes (67.2%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • • Fulfill a trustee's fundamental responsibility of protecting the public interest with decisions in the best interests of the public and of all NOCCCD
  • • Meet student educational needs, evaluating every decision as it contributes to student success and focusing on factual evidence of that
  • • Maintain NOCCCD's financial health with prudent, conservative, responsible budgeting decisions, taking into account both short-term and long-term needs and priorities



Profession:Registered Professional Engineer & NOCCCD Trustee
Senior Engineer, Orange County Sanitation District (1995–current)
Trustee, Board of Trustees, North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) — Elected position (2002–current)


California State University Fullerton Master of Public Administration (MPA), public administration with a concentration in public finance (1999)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MSChE), chemical engineering (1980)
Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and teaching credential, chemistry, music, mathematics, education (1978)

Community Activities

Director, LEE Board of Directors, Lutheran Engaged Encounter (LEE) (1985–current)
Chief Financial Officer, Chorale Bel Canto (1988–2013)


I took my first community college class for credit during my second year of high school. As adults, my wife, two daughters, and I all attended Fullerton College, and I have been a local homeowner in the NOCCCD area for 38 years. In addition to Master's degrees in Engineering and Public Administration, I have over 36 years' experience in project management, taught in public schools, and served as a Director for nonprofit organizations.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Community colleges have never been more important - for students, for the community, and for our society overall.

The North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) provides low-cost education to nearly 80,000 students. These include returning veterans, displaced workers needing new skills, young adults preparing for university transfer, and residents of all ages who value education to improve their lives. From a taxpayer’s perspective, it’s a great bargain. NOCCCD returns $3.60 to taxpayers for every $1 of tax money that is spent, according to a recent study by economists.

As your trustee, I focus on long-term effectiveness and fiscal responsibility. Community colleges belong to you, the public. A trustee's primary role is to represent and protect your interests while ensuring an excellent education for students. I have been an independent voice, asking hard questions and insisting on accountability. I am not any group’s "special interest” candidate.

Trustees oversee a $574,000,000 construction bond and a $190,000,000 annual budget. As a Registered Professional Engineer, I have the expertise needed to ensure that we receive the most benefit for each tax dollar spent.

Position Papers



Early in my service as a trustee, I made a deliberate decision not to request endorsements, and I have continued that policy.

As a public official, I have been asked to endorse other officials and candidates I have never met nor even talked to. Such people believe voters are impressed by long lists of endorsements, regardless of whether those endorsements mean anything. I give voters more credit than that.

Early in my service as a trustee, I made a deliberate decision not to request endorsements, and I have continued that policy. I have received unsolicited expressions of support from people inside and outside of NOCCCD, but I have not publicized the specifics of them. I am deeply appreciative of everyone who believes in the value of my service as a trustee, but you can be certain that if any person or group chooses to endorse me, it was on their own initiative, not because I asked them to do so.

What I Believe


I have been involved with California community colleges since I was 15 years old. Now as a trustee, my responsibility is to focus on fiscal responsibility and educational effectiveness.

I have been personally involved in California community colleges since I was 15 years old and enrolled in a 7:00 a.m. college mathematics class. During the past 24 years, my entire family has attended NOCCCD colleges. I believe in the mission and value of community colleges, and this belief is reinforced at every graduation I attend and by every student success story I hear. At NOCCCD, we provide high quality education and vocational training to nearly 80,000 students from all walks of life. The needs we are meeting are continually expanding, and we are constantly asked to do more with less. But NOCCCD faculty, staff, and administrators rise to the challenge every day.

As a trustee, I focus on fiscal responsibility and educational effectiveness. Community colleges belong to the public, and a trustee’s role is to represent and protect the public’s interests while ensuring an excellent education for students. Financially, trustees are to make prudent, conservative, responsible decisions in the best interests of the public and of all NOCCCD, not favoring any special interest group and considering both short-term and long-term goals and priorities. Academically, trustees should hold administration accountable for identifying and meeting educational needs, allocating resources based on demonstrated effectiveness and necessity.

Promises I Make to the Voters


Three promises I make about my actions as an NOCCCD trustee

Three promises I make to you as a trustee:


·       I promise never to sacrifice the public's interest to gain favor with one special interest group.

·       I promise to be diligent in insisting on accountability, openness, and effectiveness, asking hard questions when necessary.

·       I promise to continue supporting the open enrollment vision of community colleges to serve all parts of our community.


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