Lanza was the only person to file candidacy paperwork this summer for the unoccupied Area 7 seat, which represents most of the Tri-Valley, so Lanza won't appear on the ballot and is poised to be appointed in lieu of an election. This is a special, two-year seat to complete the unexpired term left vacant by the death of trustee Ed Maduli in June.
Apart from his 15-year experience as professor and adviser in several Bay Area colleges, Lanza also has 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He said that combined experience will help him best serve the CLPCCD and the surrounding community.
"Two years ago I moved from my corporate career to one focused on education, advising on business strategy and community work," Lanza told the Weekly. "I joined the Las Positas College Foundation board a couple of years ago and was immediately impressed with the high level of education our students receive, the affordability of the education along with the barriers many of our students encounter to getting an education."
According to its website, the Las Positas College Foundation's mission is to support the college and its students through active resource development and effective community partnerships.
Lanza has been an adjunct professor and lecturer at Las Positas College in Livermore, teaching business management and entrepreneurship courses and served as an adviser there and at the Ohlone Community College's business department.
He also teaches at Golden Gate University and has been a regular lecturer in the Master of Business Administration and Silicon Valley immersion programs at the University of San Francisco since 2011.
Lanza currently serves as the foundation's board chair and was also the board chair for the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership group, a business-led network that advocates for inclusive growth and development of business within the Tri-Valley region, according to its website.
It was there that he worked with a large team to deliver the Innovation Tri-Valley 2040 Vision Plan for the region in June 2021. The plan serves as a framework for suggested priorities and initiatives for the next 20 years that are intended to accelerate economic growth in the Tri-Valley.
He also served as the vice president of Lam Research, a global Fortune 300 semiconductor equipment provider, where he was a member of the company's global leadership team that grew the company to over $10 billion in annual sales, according to Lanza.
"Given I have been on a number of boards already, I am looking for the fulfillment that comes by providing an educational experience for those who need it most," he told the Weekly. "While chair of the Board of the Innovation Tri-Valley Leadership group and as chair of the LPC Foundation board, I have been able to provide a linkage between different community constituencies while leveraging my corporate leadership experience. I would like to be able to continue that with the CLPCCD as a trustee."
Some of his goals he hopes to accomplish as trustee include maintaining the district's strong financial footing and partnering with industries in the region.
"Through working with companies in our region, I would like to leverage the momentum that LPC and Chabot have already built with industry partners while recruiting additional companies in defining their needs to allow the colleges to create programs that prepare our students for higher paying jobs," Lanza said. "The industry need is there, and the colleges are ready to support their students."