Dr. I. Angelov Farooq was born and raised in the Inland Empire by a single working class mother that instilled in him the value of education transcending your economic circumstances. Dr. Farooq has been blessed with many opportunities through his lifelong commitment to education and that has been his motivation to help ensure that everyone has access to the same quality of possibilities. RCCD has dramatically shaped his early maturity since he began taking classes there when he was only 13 years old. Dr. Farooq went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, Master and Doctorate of Policy, Planning and Development from USC. Dr. Farooq serves as an educator at UC Riverside Extension to stay connected in the classroom.
Dr. Farooq has been committed to harnessing his education to facilitate meaningful benefit to distressed communities. He utilized his doctoral dissertation at USC to develop a model to revitalize neighborhoods from the housing crisis. This journey became the subject of a regional PBS documentary and the model has successfully stabilized hundreds of foreclosures in communities throughout the country. These efforts have been implemented by a nonprofit community development organization called HomeStrong USA. Dr. Farooq still serves as the Chairman of HomeStrong’s Board of Directors to maintain his support for their affordable housing objectives. He has been a featured speaker at US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco conferences to discuss his policy recommendations.
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Dr. Farooq on the California Workforce Investment Board. Dr. Farooq also founded the UC Riverside Center for Economic Development & Innovation (CEDI) in the same year. Dr. Farooq and CEDI serve as the Chief Advisor for the Inland SoCal Link, which was designated by the Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development as one of the “Innovation Hubs (iHUB)” in the entire state. The Inland SoCal Link attracts advanced industry jobs and investment to the region in partnership with the City of Los Angeles.
Please visit www.DrFarooq.com to learn more how the regional education, economic and workforce development experience of Dr. Farooq can be an asset for the Riverside Community College District.
Professional and Community Service Highlights include*:
Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown on the California Workforce Investment Board
Founding Director of UC Riverside Center for Economic Development & Innovation
Vice Chairman for Riverside County Workforce Investment Board
Board of Directors Member for March Air Museum
Member of Rotary International
Sample endorsements include*:
Congressman Mark Takano
Assembly Member Jose Medina
Riverside Community College District Faculty Association
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson
Hardy L. Brown – Black Voice News
Woodie Rucker-Hughes, President of NAACP Riverside County
Rose Mayes – Community Leader
James C. Baker II – Chair Moreno Valley Parks and Recreation Commissioner
*Titles used for identification purposes only and should not imply organizational endorsement.
Policy priorities include:
Expand critical job training and workforce investment programs
Increase capacity of access for quality and affordable education
Improve transfer and graduation rates