Board Of Directors
Recently retired as superintendent of the Lennox School District, an urban elementary school district serving 7,000 predominantly minority students near Los Angeles Airport. Bruce has nearly 40 years of experience in public education, having served as superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal, counselor, and classroom teacher. Bruce served on the Advisory Committee for the School of Education for Pepperdine, Loyola, University of Southern California, and California State, Dominguez Hills, Universities. He also served on the executive committee of the following educational organizations: Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), School Employers Association of California (SEAC), Advanced Educational Technology Consortium (ADTECH), Centinela South Bay School Insurance Authority, Los Angeles Regionalized Insurance Services Authority (LARISA), Schools Alliance for Worker’s Compensation Excess, and Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP). Additionally, he was appointed to the School Facilities Planning Division’s Advisory Committee for the California Dept. of Education. He has presented as guest lecturer at the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles; California State University, Dominguez Hills; Pepperdine University, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Superintendent’s Academy. Bruce earned his Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California, received a Master’s of Science in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach, and received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Graduated from Lennox Academy in 2008. His most memorable time in high school included being part of the ACE Program, Outdoor Club, AP Physics, and meeting his now wife, Gabriela Barron.His biggest challenge in high school was the birth of his first child, Valerie. With the assistance, motivation, and support from many Lennox Academy staff and wife, he earned his High School Diploma. In 2013, he graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Construction Management. In college he was involved in multiple organizations that contributed to his success including Gamma Zeta Alpha, Fraternity Inc., National Electrical Contractors Association – Student Chapter (President for 2 years), Associated Students of Construction Management, ARMY R.O.T.C., National Association of Home Builders, and the Electrical Team for the Associated School of Construction (ASC) Student Competition. His most memorable college experience was the Costa Rica Senior Project he worked on to provide power via a Photovoltaic System to a rural school in Costa Rica. The last two years at Cal Poly he was the Teacher Assistant for the Specialty Lab, teaching Electrical components to Sophomores. He returned to Los Angeles to work for Clark Construction, a reputable General Contractor who mentored him as he participated in the ACE Program. Mr. Almaraz is now a Project Engineer at the LAX TBIT Renovations, Aprons and Concourse Demolition Project. Some of his professional achievements include receiving certificatio (STS), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP), and Certified Inspector of Sediment & Erosion Control (CISEC). His future plans include becoming a Construction Executive for Clark Construction, starting a construction company, and assisting community programs to better and make Lennox a safer, reputable place with successful youth. Lennox Academy taught him time management and organization skills; skills that he uses on a day by day basis. Now with two children (Valerie, 8 & Sam III, 2), he manages his time at work, at home, and volunteering in various organizations including Baja Challenge, ACE Program, and most importantly serving as a Lennox Academy Board Member.
Is the Assistant Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at Whittier College (WC). For the past 13 years, she has played an important role in Research Administration and Grants Management for research-intensive institutions such as; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), Viterbi School of Engineering at University of Southern California (USC) and Sponsored Research Fund Administration at Cedars Sinai Medical Center (CSMC). As well as management of sponsored funding for the Business Training Center (BTC) at El Camino College and the California State University (CSU), Office of the Chancellor. She has a B.A. in Public Administration from Ashford University and is currently a Master’s degree candidate in Public Administration. In addition, she has obtained four sub-baccalaureate credentials, Marketing, Business Administration, Human Resources, and Paralegal Studies.