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Sunny Zia

Sunny Zia

Incumbent, Long Beach Community College Trustee

Running for 3rd term


Sunny Zia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran. Later, she received a Master of Science from University of California, Irvine in Civil Engineering. Zia has over two decades of experience in Construction, Environmental, Water and Infrastructure projects. In her first term on the LBCCD Board, she successfully led the effort to make the LBCCD Board’s spending transparent, supported business opportunities and partnerships, pushed for policies that created local jobs with an emphasis on training a highly skilled workforce, and provided support for students facing homelessness.


As a Trustee, Sunny Zia has supported measures which aid students experiencing food and housing insecurity, led efforts to establish programs for formerly incarcerated youth, and launched public-private partnerships to support a pipeline for the career and educational future of the students. Zia’s work has also included working with at-risk youth, addressing hate crimes and bullying, and support for job placement for displaced Americans. Sunny Zia has been a proud stalwart for giving chances to youth and returning students in supporting their college and career prospects in society.


A proponent of community service, Zia has worked on addressing hate crimes and bullying, overcoming poverty through micro-lending, refugee and immigrant resettlement, and job placement of veterans and other displaced Americans. She also previously served as the Chair of Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s Citizen Advisory Committee on Human Rights and Foreign Affairs.



Background Information

Occupation:  Engineer

Prev. Public Service: Co-chair, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights

Education: Master of Science in Civil Engineering