About Kelsey


A Dedicated Champion to Public Education

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 has worked for over 17 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 Pasifika- community) at El Camino College, of which she is an alumna. She was also an adjunct counselor in the Department of Nursing at Los Angles Harbor College (LAHC) one of the nine colleges in the Los Angeles Community College District. She has fostered intrinsic values between her own goals and those of the students she serves.

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 as on the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee, the Budget Committee, African American/Black Ad Hoc Committee, Gender Equity Ad Hoc Committee, the Basic Needs Ad Hoc Committee, and the Athletic Ad Hoc Committee. She is also is chair of the API Advisory Committee and Legislative and Public Affairs Committee.  

Trustee Iino is working to better understand the culture and uniqueness of the nine colleges to effectuate student achievements by supporting increased accessibility to essential services and resources necessary for each campus. Through her efforts as a Trustee she is focused 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 is providing a voice for LACCD’s students of color and the nearly 10% AAPI student population.

A Community Leader

Kelsey has volunteered in various capacities within the greater Los Angeles for over 25 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 fields 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 (LTSC) 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 over 900 full and part-time faculty members and she is also a Delegate to the Los Angles Federation of Labor (LAFed).

One of Los Angeles's Own

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. 

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