LBCC Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum Selected to Serve on National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Lou Anne Bynum

Lou Anne Bynum

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced that she has selected Long Beach City College (LBCC) Executive Vice President Lou Anne Bynum to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Bynum is among 27 members who will advise the Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.

“Through our ‘Open for Business Agenda,’ the Commerce Department has prioritized supporting entrepreneurs and helping foster innovation, which are key drivers of America’s global competitiveness,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The new NACIE members are a diverse and dynamic group of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors, as well as leaders from nonprofit organizations and academia. I appreciate their willingness to serve our nation on these important issues, and I look forward to working with the Council to advance innovation and cultivate a skilled workforce for today’s 21st century jobs.”

Bynum has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors linking education and training to business and industry needs with a focus on developing a well-trained workforce and providing regional businesses and industry opportunities to grow and create jobs. As Executive Vice President of College Advancement & Economic Development at the Long Beach Community College District, Bynum oversees college advancement; economic development and workforce training; community and corporate education and training. Bynum strongly believes that community colleges play a critical role in economic development and that regional economies thrive when education leads to viable career paths and a well prepared workforce leads to quality job

Bynum is currently a Commissioner for the Port of Long Beach and a board member for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. She also sits on the board of the Long Beach Downtown Business Associates, Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center Hospital Advisory Board and serves on the National Education Advisory Council for the Cyber Innovation Center located in Louisiana.

“I’m thrilled to be selected and represent LBCC on this national advisory council,” said Bynum. “I look forward to participating on the Council and sharing how we support small business as part of our economic development and award-winning entrepreneur programs and how we work with the business community to educate and train workers with the skills needed in today’s economy.”

The Council will operate as an independent entity within the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), which is housed within the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). NACIE’s overarching focus is recommending transformational policies to the Secretary that will help U.S. communities, businesses, and the workforce become more globally competitive. NACIE members, who will serve a two year term, were chosen based on their ability to carry out the objectives of the Council. All of the appointees have demonstrated expertise and experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce skills. In reviewing the applications, the Secretary sought individuals who have been nationally recognized leaders in a variety of fields in order to create a balanced point of view, including a representation of different demographics, organization size, industry sector, and geographic regions.

NACIE’s work will be organized into subcommittees around three main focus areas: entrepreneurship, innovation, and job-driven skills training. The full Council will convene four times each year beginning with the first meeting in December 2014.

To learn more about NACIE, visit http://www.eda.gov/oie/nacie/ .

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