Compton Community College District - Citizens' Oversight Committee

As outlined in Education Code Section 15278, the role of the Compton Community College District (CCCD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is to “inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters.” Members are appointed by the Special Trustee for the CCCD and serve a term of two years, with a two-term maximum. Members do not receive any compensation or benefits for their service. The committee meets on a quarterly basis.


After being dormant for several years, the CCCD reconstituted the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) in May 2012.


The 2018-19 Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee members are:


Elizabeth Atkinson, Community Representative
Atkinson is a social worker for in-home supportive services at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, where she has worked since 1989. The Compton resident is involved in many civic organizations, including serving on the City of Compton Planning Commission, City of Compton Commission for Women, Compton High School Alumni Association, California Democratic Party Los Angeles Central Committee; Service Employees International Union Local 721 Steward; and Service Employees International Union Local 721 Committee on Political Education. She received an associate degree in psychology from the former Compton Community College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills.


Martha Brown, Chair 
Brown, a board member and treasurer of the National Black Music Caucus, is a retired music specialist who worked for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified School Districts. Brown, a resident of Carson, served as a supervisor of student teachers in music education at California State University, Long Beach. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the Chicago Musical College division at Roosevelt University; a master's degree in music from Western Michigan University; a master's degree in music therapy from the University of Kansas; and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Southern California.


Lisa Yvonne Davis, Community Representative
Davis has lived in the City of Compton for 50 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Empower Tech, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing assistive technology to adults and children living with disabilities. In support of the education of her three children, she served on a number of school and community committees where she had oversight of fundraising activities, and identifying key issues in school or community programs, and making recommendations for improvement.


Adele Johnson, Community Representative
Johnson retired after 38 years of service as a teacher and counselor with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She received her bachelor’s degree from Southern University in Louisiana, and her counseling credential from Pepperdine University. Johnson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and has served on various committees concentrating on community outreach.


Irene Shandell-Taylor, Community Representative
Shandell-Taylor is a resident of Compton who retired from the Internal Revenue Service where she supervised revenue officers. Her responsibilities involved administering, supervising, and performing work related to collecting delinquent taxes, surveying for unreported taxes, and securing delinquent returns. She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster children (CASA of Los Angeles). The City of Compton's mayor appointed Shandell-Taylor commissioner assigned to the city's Oversight Committee. She received an associate degree from Los Angeles Southwest College and a bachelor's degree in general education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a minor in public administration.


Marjorie Shipp, Community-At-Large Representative
Shipp was born in Basile, Louisiana, and moved to Compton in 1958. She earned both a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in diversified education from the University of Southern California. Shipp attended the former Compton Community College where she earned an associate degree in 1969.


Olivia Verrett, Community Representative
Verrett is a public servant and an active member of many community organizations focused on citizens’ rights. She currently serves as a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) State Conference officer and Women in the NAACP chair. She was previously the planning commissioner for the City of Carson. She was a member on both the Compton Community College District Special Trustee Advisory Committee and the Redistricting Committee. Her past appointments include chair of the City of Carson’s Human Relations Commission; member of the Public Safety Task Force and Code of Ethics Task Force; and president of the Carson/Torrance branch of the NAACP. Verrett earned a master’s degree in sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills; a bachelor’s degree in political science, and an associate degree in administration of justice from El Camino College.


Delores Zurita, Senior Citizens Organization Representative
Delores Zurita, former Compton Councilwoman, has been a resident of Compton since 1949. Ms. Zurita was educated in Compton, attended the former Compton Community College, and the University of LaVerne. She served as Compton's First District City Council representative for eight years (beginning in 1995), and was the first Councilperson from Compton to serve on a State Board. Ms. Zurita began her career in community service as the Charter PTA President at Clarence A. Dickinson Elementary School, and co-founded Dickinson Community Lighted Schools in 1968.