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Timothy JemalTIMOTHY JEMAL

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Trustee Timothy “Tim” Jemal currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees. He was elected to serve on the board through 2024.

Mr. Jemal said, “I care deeply about education and our economic future. My central priority is to ensure that our precious tax dollars provide world-class education at Saddleback College, Irvine Valley College, and the Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP). We must continue to improve college and career readiness.”

Mr. Jemal has been deeply involved in the south Orange County community volunteering with the PTA, Saddleback Valley YMCA, Junior Achievement of Orange County, business mentoring, community workshops, and coaching youth athletics including Little League, Pop Warner Football, AYSO, and the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA). 

Complementing his leadership in higher education, Mr. Jemal has substantial experience as a tech entrepreneur, small business owner and nonprofit executive. In 1998, he was the founder of one of the first companies to provide voice communications over the Internet between the U.S and the newly independent state of Armenia. Mr. Jemal has professionally represented nearly 20 nonprofit organizations and associations throughout his career and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NAIOP SoCal, the leading nonprofit association representing the commercial real estate industry in Southern California.

Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the American Electronics Association (AeA) of Orange County, representing all segments of the local technology industry. Mr. Jemal saw first-hand the critical role our community colleges play in providing students with technical and certificate programs that employers require to compete globally. At AeA, he launched the Innovation in Education Awards, an annual event recognizing students and educational leaders throughout Orange County for their innovative uses of science, math, and technology in the classroom and community. Mr. Jemal’s previous experience includes teaching Business Administration and Communications courses at the University of California-affiliated American University of Armenia. He formerly served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of California, Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering. 

Mr. Jemal earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in International Business from The George Washington University. He also attended Lansing Community College in the state of Michigan. 

Trustee Jemal added, “I will serve with integrity, honesty, and transparency and will make decisions based on the best interests of our community colleges. The community deserves nothing less.”

Mr. Jemal lives in Mission Viejo with his wife, Gassia Apkarian, and they have two children. He can be contacted at tjemal@socccd.edu.

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