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Meet the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee Members

As part of the process to improve our campus with Measure E funds, the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees appointed a nine-member Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee. The committee is charged with informing the public about bond revenue expenditures and to actively review and report on the expenditure of bond funds.

As mandated by Proposition 39, the committee must include at least seven individuals, each representing different constituency groups in our community. District vendors, contractors, consultants and employees are not permitted to serve on the committee.

Lou Bahar

Lou Bahar (Senior Org. Representative) 
Lou Bahar is a Manhattan Beach resident, Foundation donor, scholarship supporter and ECC alumna. She started her business career at ECC with Intro to Business, Business Law and Basic Accounting. She loved accounting so much she transferred to CSULB to complete her four-year degree and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She went on to work in various accounting jobs; finally working for her husband’s floor covering distribution company before retiring. She is still a student at ECC and a lifelong learner! Born in Chicago, she happily moved to Los Angeles in her early 20s. Ms. Bahar lived in Redondo Beach for about 10 years and then moved to Manhattan Beach in 1980 and has lived there ever since.


David Kartsonis

David Kartsonis (Foundation Representative) 
David Kartsonis is a longtime South Bay resident who began his higher education at El Camino College at the age of 13. After graduating at 16, he transferred to UC Santa Barbara with a Regents Scholarship and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative studies. Mr. Kartsonis is president of the El Camino College Foundation Board of Directors, and has served on the board since 2009. He is the director of technical development for Bakers Man Productions, where he has worked since 2006. Mr. Kartsonis currently lives in Torrance with his wife and son.


Dr. Krank

 Dr. Eugene Krank (Community Representative)
Eugene Krank is a podiatrist who currently works for a medical research company. In the community, he is a member of the Hawthorne School District Board of Trustees and the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, in addition to serving as a delegate for the California School Boards Association. He also served on the committee to select El Camino College’s new superintendent/president.


Laurie Laurie McCarthy (Community Representative)

Ms. Laurie McCarthy is a retired investment banker who earned an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business and a BS in Nursing from UCLA. She has extensive experience in corporate finance, corporate bond issuance and merger, and acquisition financing. She has served on the Finance and Investment Committees of the UCLA Foundation, scholarship committees of the UCLA Alumni Association, and has chaired various public school and athletic team endeavors in the South Bay. Currently Ms. McCarthy is a member of the El Camino College Foundation Board and serves on the finance committee. Ms. McCarthy is a life-long learner who is currently studying French and Art History at El Camino College. She and her family have resided in Manhattan Beach for over thirty years.


Dr Brann Dr. Don Brann (Business Representative)

Dr. Don Brann has over 25 years of experience in education, most recently through his leadership of the Wiseburn Unified School District. He has served as a school Superintendent in six districts, and founded the Da Vinci Schools in the Wiseburn District in 2008. He has led four successful bond initiatives over his extensive experience as an educator. A resident of El Segundo, Dr. Brann is currently serving as a member of the El Segundo City Council. Dr. Brann earned a BS in Business and an Ed.D. in Education at the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of El Camino College, was recognized as an ECC Distinguished Alumni, and is a member of the El Camino College Foundation President's Circle.


Jess Jess Negrete (Taxpayer Representative)

Mr. Jess Negrete is the principal engineer at J.M. Negrete & Associates, a structural and civil engineering firm based in Torrance. The firm also specializes in building code consultation, structural inspection, architectural design, land surveys, and subdivision engineering. He serves as a director-at-large for the North Torrance Homeowners' Association. He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Panel of the Torrance Refining Company and on the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee of the Torrance Unified School District. Mr. Negrete is a graduate of El Camino College. He also earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from California State University, Long Beach.


Lindsey Lee Lindsey Lee (Student Representative) 

Lindsey Lee is a resident of Torrance, growing up within the community all her life. She currently serves as the Student Trustee on the El Camino College Board of Trustees and as an Executive Member for the Associated Students' Organization. Lindsey works as a Student Ambassador for the Department of Outreach and School Relations. She is also a member of Rotaract of South Bay, volunteering over 600 hours for Rotary District 5280, reading books to children, beautifying elementary schools and community gardens, and fundraising money to eradicate polio. Her goal is to graduate El Camino College as a Business Administration Major.