Marketing Chair 2018-Present
Governor: 2017-2018 (replacing Robert Campos), 2018-2020
Larena Baldazo discovered her passion for storytelling at the age of eight. She regularly made her own books out of cardboard and paper she had snuck out of her mom’s printer and crafted her own fictional storylines with illustrations.
Although the stories faded away with time, her passion never died down. It evolved into a different kind of storytelling.
She began her academic journey at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif., where she says to have, found her purpose. The journalism major became a reporter for the Experience Newspaper, where she learned the fundamentals of news reporting, copyediting and photography.
Larena, 24 at the time, transferred to John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, where she would earn her Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Digital Media. At this time, she also worked as an office/editor’s assistant and blogger for BabyCenter.com.
Just before graduation, Larena was hired as an intern at KTVU Channel 2 News, where she helped work the assignments desk and wrote stories for KTVU.com. The television station worked much differently than the newsroom for print and web, yet she felt right at home.
While interning at KTVU, the mother of two worked at Bond Manufacturing Co., a global manufacturer of outdoor consumer goods, as its Web Content & Ecommerce Manager. After four years of managing the company’s online reputation, social media, and online assortment for retailers such as Amazon, Lowe’s, Target, it was time for a change.
In 2019, Larena married her high school sweet heart and ventured into the world of academia, where she became Laney College’s Public Information Officer in Oakland, Calif. She proudly serves the Laney Community and wears many hats!
Laney College is the largest of the four Peralta Community College District campuses, serving approximately 17,000 students annually.
Connect with her on LinkedIn here!