College foundation adds to its board

NORWALK - Barbara Ginsberg and Alex Kaplan have been appointed to the Cerritos College Foundation's board of directors.The appointments were ratified March 15. Ginsberg is a senior associate attorney in the Cerritos and Irvine offices of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo. She represents schools and community college districts, including Cerritos College, in all aspects of labor and employment matters, and education law. She served for 13 seasons as vice president on the Irvine Pony Baseball board of directors until she retired in 2011, and served on the city of Irvine's sports committee from 2005-10. She also served as legal advisor to the American Pacific Ballet Company from 2002-10 and as scholastic director for Irvine Chargers Football and Cheer and within the Orange County Junior All-American Football League. Her goal as a foundation member is to secure financial support for scholarships and programs that benefit the students of Cerritos College, according to a press release. She said she also hopes to work collaboratively with both the foundation board and the governing board, and secure relationships with local residents and businesses that will help the foundation to grow. "It is my pleasure to work toward these goals with such a dedicated group of individuals and it (is) quite rewarding to witness the direct impact the foundation has on the lives of students," Ginsberg said in a statement. Kaplan is an attorney with a law practice concentrating in estate planning. He joins other residents and business leaders on the board in lending direction and oversight to the foundation's fundraising and scholarship distribution efforts. Kaplan served on the board of directors of the UCLA Alumni Association from 2002-03 and on the UCLA Government and Community Relations Committee which serves as the link between campus and community, and between the university and government. In 2002 he was elected to chair the UCLA Election Board and was responsible for the university's first online student council election, which resulted in saving thousands of dollars while increasing voter turnout. Recently, Kaplan served on the Orange County Bruins Golf Classic Committee that organizes a golf tournament and raises donations for student scholarships. Although Kaplan is an active member of several national legal organizations, he said his passion is helping local families. His office recently moved to Cerritos. "We're pleased to have Barbara and Alex join the board," said Steve Richardson, executive director of the Cerritos College Foundation. "They both bring to the board great knowledge and experience in campus-community relations which is invaluable to the foundation."

********** Published: April 5, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 51