Laurence B. Frank has a strong sense of giving back to the community, and he will bring that commitment to LATTC as the newly-selected president. Frank takes over Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as it builds a leadership role among community colleges, specializing in career-technical education, and competency-based learning models. Trade Tech’s rigorous focus on workforce development, has led to significant industry partnerships, grant opportunities and a re-vitalized relationship with the neighborhoods served by the college.
Frank’s experience as deputy mayor for the city of Los Angeles gives him a keen sense about workforce trends and challenges in the region. In that capacity as deputy mayor, Frank was responsible for several city departments including community development, contract administration, and the city’s workforce development program. Frank had seen the innovative nature of Trade Tech first-hand, while serving in the mayor’s office, and he has worked closely with the college in creating pathways of training for Los Angeles residents. His knowledge of workforce development will guide Trade Tech’s curriculum and services, so students receive appropriate and industry-inspired training and transfer education. Frank also knows the landscape of higher education. Frank has been a faculty member at UCLA, working with the school’s Center for Labor Research and Education.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with a B.A in Religious Studies. In 1982, he formed a non-profit that focused on voter participation and conducted two local initiative campaigns. In 1990, he obtained his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and developed a sentencing practice while specializing in juvenile law. He has worked for the United Farm Workers and other unions.
“It is a great honor to be asked to lead one of the finest educational institutions in Los Angeles. My years at UCLA and the City of Los Angeles have given me many opportunities to partner with L.A. Trade-Technical College and I appreciate the breadth of its contributions to our community. As downtown L.A. experiences a renaissance, Trade Tech is perfectly placed to build new training partnerships and educational opportunities that will lead our students to graduation, certifications, and careers.”
He lives in Venice with his wife and two sons.