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Santiago Canyon College Foundation Installs 2022-2023 Executive Board of Directors


​​​SCC alumnus, banking professional, Jimmy Ko, (Class of '14) joins as the newest member​


Contact: Lilia Rodriguez, Public Information Officer | (714) 628-5936

(Orange, CA) – As Santiago Canyon College (SCC) begins preparations to kick-off their 2022-2023 academic year on August 22, so too is the Santiago Canyon College Foundation (SCC Foundation) reinvigorating its organization's leadership, mission, programs and services that are designed to fully support student goals and career objectives.

Jimmy Ko

Recently, the SCC Foundation voted in their execu​tive board of directors and welcomed new member and SCC alumnus, Jimmy Ko, Class of 2014. Ko presently works as a commercial banker for leading Southern California banking institution J.P. Morgan & Chase, and will serve as the SCC Foundation treasurer.​ 

While at SCC, Ko served as President of the Associated Student Government and transferred to USC to complete his bachelor's degree in ​Business Administration. At USC, he co-founded the Transfer Student Community on the university's campus to provide community college transfer students with an opportunity to connect with each other when transitioning to the four-year institution. Shortly after graduating, Ko returned to SCC to establish a scholarship named after his family and has awarded funds to students through this program in the last two years.  

"I am honored to become a member of the Santiago Canyon College Foundation Board of Directors," said Ko. “There is no greater feeling than joining this nonprofit board at the institution which has given me so much. My goal is to support our amazing students in realizing their dreams." 

Currently, the Foundation is a six-member board, and there are three ex-officio members made up of the college president, collect district chancellor and an executive director. Ko joins the Board along with the newly elected SCC Foundation President Beatriz “Betty" Valencia, Ph.D., a compliance and risk management executive; Vice President Mark Schmidt, an Orange County business owner; and Secretary Karen Bustamante, a database manager for the Catalina Island Museum for Art & History.  All four executive directors will voluntarily serve in their leadership roles for a one-year term. 

Board at President's Circle.jpg“I'm excited to serve in this new role and collaborate with committed individuals like Jimmy Ko," commented President Valencia. “I look forward to working with the college leadership and expanding new and exciting opportunities for all our students because they make what happens here matter. ÌSi se puede! (It can be done!)," she added.

As the principle philanthropic branch for SCC, the Foundation plays a vital role in SCC's development. Founded in 1998, the SCC Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated exclusively to supporting SCC by increasing public awareness of the College and expanding its volunteer and financial support network. Funds raised by the SCC Foundation support students directly through scholarships. SCC Foundation also funds student programs, projects and services that are important to a vibrant campus life, but either aren't typically funded by the state or need more funding to serve students more effectively.

Despite the physical barriers the pandemic created over the last two years, SCC Foundation's executive board is fully committed to remaining in active communication with its donor base and alumni.  According to the Board President, Dr. Valencia, there is much work to be done and the group is scheduled to address the organization's policies, procedures and activities at a September retreat. 

The Foundation's next quarterly board meeting is slated for Thursday, July 21, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at Santiago Canyon College. For more information on how to donate to the College and/or join the Board of Directors, contact the SCC Foundation Interim Executive Director Ruth Cossio-Muniz at (714) 628-4888, or visit

Top Photo: Jimmy Ko, Santiago Canyon College (SCC) alumnus and newly installed SCC Foundation treasurer, at the 2022 President's Circle Reception speaking about his positive experience at the community college institution. 

Second Photo: Santiago Canyon College Foundation board members convene at the 2022 ​President's Circle Reception, (left to right) Dr. Betty Valencia, Karen Bustamante, Ruth Cossio-Muniz, and Jimmy Ko .  ​