The Santa Monica College (SMC) Foundation has announced the two winners of the first SMC Alumni Recognition Awards — one of whom will also be the speaker at SMC’s 77th commencement ceremonies this month.
Warren I. Mitchell, chairman of the board of Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, headquartered in Seal Beach, has been named recipient of the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. Mitchell will also be the commencement speaker.
Pam Brady, former member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education and incoming president of the California Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), has been named recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award.
Both will be recognized at commencement, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12th, at SMC’s Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd.
Mitchell, of Huntington Beach, who attended SMC from 1954 to 1959, oversees a corporation that is considered North America’s leader in providing natural gas to fleet operators, college officials said. He retired in 2000 from Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and related products and services.
At the time of his retirement, he held the positions of group president, regulated business units for Sempra Energy; chairman and president of SoCal Gas; and chairman of SDG&E, in addition to chairing the board of directors of both companies.
Mitchell served as chairman of the National Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, chairman of the Pacific Coast Gas Association, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Gas Technology, in addition to many other roles.
In 1994, Mitchell received the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Award for his civic and business activities.
He also received the 1995 Public Service Award from the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment.
Mitchell is involved as a consultant on regulatory initiatives for clients participating in California Public Utilities Commission proceedings.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and has also completed the Stanford Executive Program.
Brady, who attended SMC in the mid-1960s, will take office as president of the California PTA on July 1st.
Brady, of Malibu, has more than 25 years of experience specializing in children, family, social and educational issues at the local, state and national levels.
She is a past president of the 33rd District PTA, past president of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association and past director of the California School Boards Association.
Her civic involvement has been with such organizations as the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Police Activities League, YWCA, Commission on the Status of Women, American Youth Soccer Organization, Little League, Head Start and Special Olympics.
Her honors have included being one of the California State Assembly Women of the Year in 2002, YWCA Woman of the Year, Lions Club Community Leader Award and several PTA Honorary Service and State Golden Oak Awards.
On the state PTA, Brady is a member of the Legislation, Convention Management, Resolution, Resource and Development Committees and chair of the Grievance and Office Committee.
Previously she was vice president for Leadership Services, Education, Education Advocate, and served on Health and Member Services Commissions and the Student Involvement Committee.
She works as the Community Mobilization manager for the American Cancer Society.
Brady received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from California State University, Northridge, and has completed some graduate work towards a Master of Business Administration.
She, her husband Dave and their three children have opened their home to foreign exchange students and to teenagers who needed a secure home.