Friday's Commencement Speaker
Hilda L. Solis
Secretary of Labor
Secretary Hilda L. Solis was confirmed as Secretary of Labor on February 24, 2009. Prior to confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Solis represented the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 – 2009.
Read Secretary Solis' full biography at the U.S. Department of Labor website.
Saturday's Commencement Speaker
California State Controller
First elected in November 2006 to serve as California's Chief Fiscal Officer, Controller John Chiang was elected to a second term in November 2010. As the State's chief fiscal officer, John Chiang brings extensive experience and fiscal leadership to the State Controller's Office. Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.
The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in Finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Chiang and his wife, Terry Chi, live in Torrance, California.