During the July 29 meeting of the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees, Jeffrey A. Kellogg was re-elected as the board president with a vote of 4–0, and Doug Otto was elected as vice president. They will serve in their position for one year.
Former Long Beach City Councilmember and Long Beach City College (LBCC) Alumni Hall of Fame inductee Kellogg officially assumed his duties as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees in 2002. He was re-elected in 2006 and 2010 and continues to represent the northwest portion of the Long Beach Community College District. He began serving his third term as the president of the Board of Trustees in July 2013.
Kellogg professionally specializes as a senior educational consultant in educational and facility master planning and state reporting and accreditation compliance for community college districts. He has assisted over 20 districts or colleges in California over the last five years.
Prior to his career in education planning, he worked as a corporate services director in commercial and investment real estate. Kellogg also represented regional and national companies in real-estate transactions in 38 states across the nation. He began his professional career after college, working in the oil industry for a Long Beach-based oil-drilling company. He began as a manual laborer and worked his way up through the oil-field positions to eventually become a vice president of operations.
Elected on his first attempt at public office in 1988 at the age of 33, he served for 12 years on the Long Beach City Council. He was twice elected vice mayor from 1990 to 1994. He also served as chair of the State and Federal Legislative Committee and the Economic Development and Finance Committee during his tenure on the Council.
His accomplishments include establishing a state enterprise zone for Long Beach, a business-improvement association in Bixby Knolls and the North Long Beach Redevelopment Area. Kellogg was a founding member and chair of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA), a $2.2-billion public works project that was a joint effort of the cities and ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles.
Doug Otto is an attorney in private practice in Long Beach. He has earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a master’s degree jointly from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and a jurisdoctorate from the University of Chicago.
He has been a full adjunct professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law, where he taught for 16 years. He is a founder and past president of both the Long Beach Foundation for Architectural and Cultural Heritage and Long Beach Heritage. He was named Preservationist of the Year in 1990. He chaired the City of Long Beach’s Blue Ribbon Citizens Transportation Task Force, which developed a comprehensive transportation plan for the entire city (1989–1990). He was a member and chair of the Long Beach Planning Commission (1992–2000). He chaired the Long Beach City Manager’s Downtown Business and Development Advisory Committee (1998–2004).
He is a founding board member of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, currently serves on its Executive Committee and chairs the Long-Range Planning Committee. He also served on the City’s Ethics Task Force in 2002. From 1998 through 2000, Doug chaired Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010– a comprehensive city-citizen planning effort adopted by the City in 2000. For this and his other community work, he received the David Landry Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from the City of Long Beach.
He is a former president of the Long Beach Bar Association, which named him Lawyer of the Year in 2005. He is a member of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Trustees and Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, is the past president of the Long Beach Arts Council and is a member of the California State Bar Association, Access to Justice Commission. In 2004, he was elected as the Long Beach City College Trustee for Area 4.
Also sworn in Tuesday night were Dr. Virginia L. Baxter and Sunny Zia as Board of Trustees members.