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Fernando de Necochea '62

Fernando de Necochea '62 recently retired as a senior member of Southern California Edison’s strategic engagement group, responsible for the utility company’s relationship to Latino leaders and Latino organizations in the region and state and nationwide and advisor on philanthropy to underserved communities.  He is now a consultant and lecturer.

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Prior to working for over 19 years in public affairs at Southern California Edison, Mr. de Necochea had a long career in higher education: as advisor to the president and assistant provost at Stanford University, director of financial aid and advisor to the vice provost at Brown, and co-founder of the multi-component Chicano studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he headed the research center and community service program. He was earlier a junior fellow and staff member of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara. 

Mr. de Necochea has been active in public and community service throughout his career.   He currently chairs the board of AltaMed Health Services, the nation’s largest Latino nonprofit and largest federally qualified health center, in addition to serving on the boards of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), and the Parent Institute for Quality Education, as well as the advisory boards of the UC Berkeley Puente Project and the USC Latino Alumni Association.  During the Clinton Administration he served on the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance that advised the Executive and Congress on federal student aid and access to college.  He was a public member of the State Bar board of governors in California and twice chaired the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) national board of directors.  He served as president of the Mexican Museum trustees in San Francisco and on the general board of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.

Born and raised in the border city of Calexico, California, Mr. de Necochea graduated from Dartmouth as a Rufus Choate Scholar, studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the Pontifical Catholic University of Lima in Peru, and completed graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He is a member of the board of visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, and current president of the Dartmouth Latino Alumni Association.

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