Board of Advisors
Dr. Alma Salazar
Vice President of Education and Workforce Development
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Chambers of Commerce play an integral role in business engagement, and Dr. Salazar works diligently as a Business U Advisor to help our participants understand how to best integrate chambers as part of a regional business engagement team. Dr. Salazar is Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and oversees the Chamber’s education and workforce development programs and also directs the Chamber’s higher education and workforce development policies. In 2012, Salazar was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California Workforce Investment Board.
Since 2000, Salazar has worked to build business/ education partnerships to improve academic achievement and life-long learning for California’s students. Salazar has demonstrated success at convening diverse groups of stakeholders to promote systems-change and strengthen the region’s workforce development system by expanding/enhancing relationships that build pathways to high demand, high growth industries, and sustainable careers. Serving as an intermediary, Salazar looks to create and support effective collaboration among education, business, civic and workforce development leaders to influence policies that strengthen regional education and workforce development systems. Salazar graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication, a master’s degree in public policy and administration and doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Salazar was also awarded the prestigious 2012 American Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States