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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Compton Community College DistrictCandidate for Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 2

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Nicole J. Jones

Appointed Governing Board Member, Compton Community College District, Area 2
5,293 votes (48.99%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Implement Compton College Transition - oversee smooth transition to an independent, accredited college, resulting in termination of agreement with El Camino Community College District
  • Increase Student Enrollment and Completion - continue to push for implementation of strategies that increase college access (dual enrollment and college promise initiatives) and that ensure successful completion (certificates/degrees and transfers)
  • Facilities Improvement - Promote the construction and completion of state-of-the-art buildings and facilities to support students and community usage.



Profession:Senior Special Assistant
Senior Special Assistant, State Controller's Office/Office of Controller Betty T. Yee (2015–current)
Appointed Incumbent, Compton Community College District - Board of Trustees — Appointed position (2016–current)
Public Member (Gubenatorial Appointment), California Board of Psychology — Appointed position (2012–current)
Director of External Affairs, Crystal Stairs (2011–2015)
Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Loyola Marymount University (2008–2011)
Senior Program Director, Southern California Grantmakers (2007–2008)
Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation (2002–2007)


City University of New York, Baruch College Masters (MPA), Public Administration (1999)
University of California, Berkeley BA, Social Sciences, Urban Education (1991)

Community Activities

Member (served in various leadership roles), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (1990–current)
Member, First AME Church - Los Angeles (2004–current)
Board Member, Cal Alumni Association (UC Berkeley) (2013–2017)
Board Member (Past Chair), American Heart Association - Greater Los Angeles Division (2011–2016)
Fellow, National Urban Fellows Program/Indianapolis Foundation (1997–1998)


Nicole J. Jones is a bold, compassionate and experienced leader, having worked across multiple sectors, including government, foundations, higher education and civic organizations with a focus on enhancing access to education and social services.  Through her public service, professional positions and volunteerism, she has sought to amplify the voice of underserved individuals, families and communities.  

Currently, Nicole serves as senior special assistant to California State Controller Betty Yee and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2012 as a state commissioner as a public member on the Board of Psychology.  Nicole has also worked as director of external affairs at Crystal Stairs, as associate director of corporate and foundation relations at Loyola Marymount University and as program director at The California Wellness Foundation.  Additionally, she previously served as a political aide to former California Assemblymember Kevin Murray.

Nicole earned her undergraduate degree in social sciences with an emphasis on urban education from the University of California, Berkeley.  Her education at UC Berkeley transformed her life, and it was during this period that she became determined to “change the world” through in her professional and civic involvement.   She also studied and completed numerous courses at several California community colleges, and she obtained a master of public administration degree at City University of New York, Baruch College.  In addition, Nicole completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs (Los Angeles), National Urban Fellows Program and Emerge California.

Nicole is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and New Frontier Democratic Club, and also maintains affiliations with several civic organizations. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the California Alumni Association (UC Berkeley), and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute. Additionally, Nicole is a member of First A.M.E. Church of Los Angeles.

Nicole is a long-time resident of Willowbrook with deep family roots in this community, residing two doors from her father’s childhood home.

Nicole was appointed to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2016 by a unanimous board vote.  Representing Trustee Area 2, she immediately ‘hit the ground running’ to serve students and community residents.  Since her appointment, she has earned the respect and support of other trustees and in December 2017, was elected President of the Board.  

Nicole is currently seeking election to the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 2.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • Assemblyman Mike Gipson

Organizations (1)

  • Los Angeles African American Women's Political Action Committee

Elected Officials (19)

  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • Compton Community College District Trustee LoWanda Green
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Andra Hoffman
  • State Center Community College District Trustee Eric Payne
  • Compton Community College District Trustee Deborah LeBlanc
  • Compton Community College District Trustee Andres Ramos
  • Assemblyman Mike Gipson
  • State Senator Holly J. Mitchell
  • Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove
  • Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian
  • Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin
  • Compton City Councilwoman Emma Sharif
  • Compton City Councilwoman Tana McCoy
  • Compton USD Trustee Micah Ali
  • Compton USD Trustee Margie Garrett
  • Compton Community College District Vice President Sonia Lopez

Individuals (4)

  • Lena Cole Dennis
  • Khalid Shah
  • Arturo Ybarra
  • Olivia Mitchell

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Nicole has been a lifelong Democrat because she strongly believes in the Democratic platform, which supports the interests of families, workers and communities.  Nicole has dedicated her professional career and civic involvement to these issues.  For more than 20 years, Nicole has advocated, served and worked to improve communities, including as External Affairs Director at Crystal Stairs and Program Director for the California Wellness Foundation.  Working across multiple sectors, Nicole has significant expertise in government, higher education, nonprofits and foundations, as well as board and commission experience.  During her career, Nicole has fostered strong linkages with various communities and leaders beyond transactional purppses and instead has developed strategic networks that have bridged multiple sectors.  Through these experiences, Nicole has cultivated a deep appreciation for facilitiating discussions with various entities and perspectives.   

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