Director / Professor, Claremont School of Theology
Alma has spent many years as a senior level administrator in higher education. She was Interim President at Los Angeles Valley College, Vice President of Student Services, LA Pierce College, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Los Angeles Mission College, Dean of Academic Affairs at East Los Angeles College, and held a variety of other director and manager positions during her career with Los Angeles Community College District.
Currently Alma holds a teaching faculty position and Director of the Contextual Theology Internship Program at Claremont School of Theology. Alma recently completed a short term engagement as Interim Executive Director for Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, CLUE.
Other experiences include; one term as Chair of the Board of Directors for Celebrate Life Cancer Ministry a non-profit organization advocating for healthcare for cancer patients who struggle with accessing treatment, Lead Pastor of Altadena United Methodist Church, Associate Pastor at Hollypark United Methodist Church in Gardena, Spiritual Director at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills and Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank.
Alma received degrees from California State University Northridge, Point Loma Nazrene University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. Alma is married and shares one adult son with her husband. Along with volunteer service Alma loves spending time gardening and managing a backyard orchard, exercise, singing, reading, and rediscovering how to play as forms of self-care.