Dr. Margaret Quinones-Perez is currently a Trustee of Santa Monica College. She has been instrumental in building partnerships with Malibu by establishing the Emeritus Program at the Malibu Satellite Campus, advocating for the bond program in Malibu, she is a member of the JPA with the City of Malibu and finding ways to better serve children and adults in the Malibu community.
Most notably, Dr. Quinones-Perez served with distinction as a member of the Board of Governors. Appointed by the Governor, she interacted with state, federal and local officials. She participated in selecting a Chancellor for the State’s Community Colleges. The Chancellor through a formal process of consultation, brings recommendations to the Board which has legislatively granted authority to develop and implement policy for 72 districts and 113 community colleges.
She was member of the Association of Community College Trustees Finance and Audit Committee, Board of Director for the National Hispana Leadership Institute and is an Associate Member of the Association of Community College Trustees. She is a former President and Executive Board Member and Conference Co-Chair of the California School Boards Association of Latino School Board Members, former faculty representative for El Camino College’s Academic Senate and Budget and Planning Committee and former Vice President/COPE Chair of El Camino College Faculty Association.
A graduate of Santa Monica College, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Research Methods at California State University, Dominguez Hills, a Masters in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California and Doctorate in Education Leadership from UCLA. Margaret is a Fellow of the JFK Harvard School of Government.
Her professional background as a Military Veteran Counselor at El Camino College makes her a passionate advocate for all students. Margaret has been a counselor with broad experience counseling students for over 28 years in community colleges. She was instrumental in the establishment of 14 high school college partnerships benefiting hundreds of high school students in the area.
Dr. Quinones-Perez’ plans are to preserve Emeritus College, exercise fiscal stability and prudent use of bond funds, expand high school dual enrollment programs, increase student success through orientation, support services and student educational plans, expand work force programs and career opportunities for students, and streamline community college programs at SMC for students in the Autism spectrum. She has been also been instrumental in building partnerships with Malibu by establishing the Emeritus Program at the Malibu Satellite Campus, advocating for the bond program in Malibu, she is a member of the JPA with the City of Malibu and finding ways to better serve children and adults in the Malibu community.
Margaret is married to Dr. Monte E. Perez with five children and three grandchildren.