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Trustee Thomas A. Fuentes, elected for the fourth time as Clerk of the Board, has been elected to two consecutive terms on the Board of Trustees.  He won uncontested re-election to a new four-year term through 2008, representing Area 6.

Mr. Fuentes is a Senior Fellow with The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. His offices are in Newport Beach, where he is Senior Vice President of the LFC Group of Companies. President George W. Bush has appointed him to his Administration as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation. Speaker Dennis Hastert of the United States House of Representatives appointed Trustee Fuentes in 2006 to serve as his designee on the Board of Advisors of the United States Elections Assistance Commission in Washington, D.C. The federal panel oversees the expenditure of Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds across the nation.

As a community college graduate himself, Mr. Fuentes is the first Hispanic in the history of the District to serve on the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. He comments, “Community College Trustees represent the taxpayers to serve our students. We can be very proud that our District's conservative approach to management of the colleges provides quality higher education that everyone can afford.”

Mr. Fuentes serves on several community and national boards. He was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County from 1984 to 2004. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Eagle Publishing, Inc. in Washington, D.C.  He has been the Chairman of the Board of Counselors of Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Claremont Institute, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Phillips Foundation.

Mr. Fuentes is the founding Chairman Emeritus of the Orange County Food Bank of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He is a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.

Mr. Fuentes graduated from Santa Ana College, where he twice served as student body president. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Chapman University and pursued post-graduate studies at Loyola Marymount University and St. Patrick's Seminary. He holds a degree of Doctor of Business Administration Honoris Causa from Pacific States University in Los Angeles. 

A sixth generation Californian, Mr. Fuentes resides in Lake Forest with his wife Jolene and their three children.

Contact Mr. Fuentes at the District offices at 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.


Area 6 includes Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, and parts of Mission Viejo.


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