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Mt. Hood Community College board member Diane Noriega joins ACCT board of directors

COURTESY PHOTO: MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE  - Diane Noriega was elected to the MHCC District Board of Education for a four-year term as an at-large member in 2019. Mt. Hood Community College Board of Education member Diane Noriega was voted onto the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors.

"The MHCC board has focused on addressing racism, equity and poverty in our district," Noriega said. "That approach is what I want to bring to the ACCT board."

ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States and beyond, educating more than 11 million students annually.

Noriega joins the group with experience with English Language Learners. She also is a representative of the Pacific region and a voice for West Coast community colleges and students.

"Having Director Noriega on this national governing board ensures a voice for access and equity," said Lisa Skari, MHCC president. "As ACCT advocates for federal policy and funding in support of better outcomes for all students, her leadership on these issues will benefit students not only for Oregon, but for community college students across the country."

In 2019 Noriega was elected to the MHCC District Board of Education to a four-year term as an at-large member. This is her second time serving on the MHCC board. She also represents the college as a member of the Oregon Community College Association.

Noriega holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of California Santa Barbara. Her career in higher education includes both leadership and teaching positions at the community college and university level.

In addition to serving on the MHCC Board of Education from 2011–15, she served as a member of the MHCC Foundation Board from 2015–19 and has been active in Rotary International, serving as the Rotary District 5100 governor from 2019–20. Noriega can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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