Foothill-De Anza trustee elected to national policy board

Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustee, has been elected to an at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors.

ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at 1,100-plus community colleges and serves as their voice to the White House, U.S. Congress and Cabinet-level agencies such as the departments of Education and Labor.

“I’m honored to represent my peers nationally and to advocate for our community college students as an ACCT board member,” Wong said.

Wong plans to work to advance student equity and the College Promise campaign and support students who rely on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Wong earned an associate degree from West Valley College and a bachelor’s from San Jose State University. Before his election to the Foothill-De Anza governing board, he served for three years as a volunteer on the De Anza Commission, representing De Anza College in the community as part of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation. A former Cupertino City Councilman for nine years, Wong has held leadership positions in numerous community organizations.

The ACCT board sets policies that direct the work of the organization, which is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of community colleges and helping them achieve their missions through effective board leadership at the local, state and national levels. ACCT’s strategic goals, adopted by the board of directors, are to advance student success and completion strategies and prepare trustees for the evolution of community colleges.

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