Foundation for the Compton Community College District

Foundation for the Compton Community College District Board of Directors Bios

2013 Foundation for the CCCD Foundation Board Member Bios


Tony Williams, senior manager of training at Southern California Edison (SCE) where he has served for 18 years. He has also held leadership positions with the following organizations: the East Los Angeles Skills Center, the UCLA Department of Engineering & Technology, USC Community Computing Center, and the Rim2Rim youth basketball program. He earned a MBA degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University, Chico.


Sherri Franklin, principal partner of Urban Design Center and specializes in economic development. She has experience in securing grant, subsidized, and conventional funding for affordable housing and recreational and community development projects. Her work has given her the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with several nonprofit organizations including: Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, the Center for Community Change, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor.


Melia Keller, President/CEO of Mid Cities Credit Union. She also volunteers with the National Youth Involvement Board to promote financial literacy. Keller honed her leadership skills while serving as a sergeant in the United States Army Reserve Special Operations Command, and received multiple commendations including the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge. She has a master’s degree in business and is a graduate of the Western CUNA Management School


Felipe Lopez, chief business officer (CBO) for the Compton Community College District since April 2012. Lopez previously served for nine years as audit supervisor at Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Co., LLP, a Certified Public Accounting firm that provides audit and accounting services to institutions of higher education in California. He has served as a presenter on state program accountability and audit issues for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California Baptist University, and a certificate in accounting for governmental and nonprofit organizations from the University of California, Riverside.


Rodney Murray is the dean of the Career and Technical Education, Math and Science Divisions at El Camino College Compton Center. He has taught business courses at ECC Compton Center for the past 14 years. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in human services with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Capella University. He received his MBA degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in science and business from the University of Redlands.


Paul Simpson is the founder and CEO of SageTel International, a company specializing in wireless location-based networks. He is also the co-founder and chief operating officer of Elite Skills Basketball Academy. Simpson has served on Marin Academy’s Board of Trustees for the past five years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and economics from University of California, Santa Cruz.


Ikaweba Bunting, professor of Ethnic Studies, Behavioral and Social Science Division at El Camino College Compton Center. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.