Herlinda Chico is a candidate for the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees, Area 4. She is a long-time Long Beach resident and active educational leader. As a product of the California community college system, Herlinda knows first-hand that a high-quality public education can be the great equalizer for our local students. Herlinda has been committed to providing educational access to all, especially marginalized communities. She has fostered partnerships with Long Beach City College (LBCC) and local non-profits working with former foster youth, young women who escaped human trafficking and formerly incarcerated individuals including youth on probation. Herlinda was also instrumental in bringing LBCC classes to the Carmelitos Housing Development, the largest subsidized public housing in the Long Beach City College District service area.
In addition to her leadership in education, Herlinda has served on several important boards and commissions Long Beach City College’s Student Housing Selection Panel, Long Beach City College Basic Needs Task Force, Long Beach City College’s Annual Job Fair Planning Committee, City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation Commission, Conservation Corps of Long Beach Advisory Board, Cal State Long Beach Latino Economic Impact Study Working Group, Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Animal Care and Visioning Task Force, Chair of the Watershed Conservation Authority and as a representative on the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. She also serves as a Vice President for the American Association of University Women, Long Beach Branch.
Herlinda attended Rio Hondo Community College and transferred to California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. Herlinda is a third-generation public servant and has 20 years of legislative and public affairs experience. Her extensive career includes experiences in municipal government, non-profit, business, and higher education sectors. She currently works for Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, serving as the lead liaison for constituent services and policy advisor for Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Catalina Island.
Herlinda has been recognized for her dedicated community service to both East Long Beach and across the region by several Long Beach organizations, including the Long Beach Branch NAACP President’s Award, Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Whitey Littlefield Bridge Builder Award, Centro Cha’s Excellence in Community Service Award, Cambodian Association of America’s Outstanding Public Service Award and Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell’s Women of Distinction Award.