As a Los Angeles native and a California community college graduate herself, Dr. Kelsey Iino (iino) has dedicated her professional career to the community college system. She hs worked for over 15 years as a counselor in various areas and currently counsels students in the areas of health science, athletics, creative arts, and MANA (an Asian American Pacific Islander initiative grant program to support the Native Hawaiian and Pasificka-community) at El Camino College, of which she is an alumna.
Kelsey is committed to strengthening community college education for the students of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). Since her appointment to the LACCD board in April 2022, she has hit the ground running and serves on the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Athletic Ad Hoc Committee. She is also the chair of the API Advisory Committee.
Kelsey has volunteered in various capacities within the greater Los Angeles for over 20 years. She currently serves as a board member in multiple organizations. These causes include the Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, an organization to sustain the legacy of Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka and to inspire and promote space and the STEAM field to our youth. She also serves as the faculty representative on the Board of Directors for the El Camino College Foundation, and Kelsey is also a Board Member of the Little Tokyo Service Center and key organizer of the “Straight Outta Little Tokyo” event series, through which she engages in grassroots fundraising for the Terasaki Budokan, a multipurpose sports and community center located in the heart of DTLA.
Other key leadership positions Kelsey currently holds include President of the El Camino College Federation of Teachers-AFT1388, representing nearly 1,000 full and part-time faculty members.
Kelsey is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the Southbay, attended El Camino College and earned an A.A. in Sociology, transferred to UCLA to earn her B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Education and then her M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Affairs, and finally her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from USC.
Trustee Iino will work to better understand the culture and uniqueness of the nine colleges to then effectuate student achievements by supporting increased accessibility to essential services and resources necessary for each campus. She hopes through her efforts as a Trustee she can focus on delivering resources to provide dignity and purpose to students, staff, and faculty across the District. She seeks to provide solutions to the housing insecurity, food insecurity, and the rising cost of living students face. In addition, she seeks to provide a voice for LACCD’s nearly 15% AAPI student population.