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IBX Announces Bettina Inclán As Chief Communications Officer

IBX, an innovation and investment firm, announced that Bettina Inclán has joined the company as Chief Communications Officer. Inclán, who most recently served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for Communications, brings 20 years of experience in strategic communications, branding, and external relations.

“I am excited to add Bettina to the IBX team where her leadership experience and communications expertise will play a vital role as we accelerate strategic growth opportunities in the frontlines of space, technology, and energy,” said Kam Ghaffarian, CEO and President of IBX.

In her role as IBX’s Chief Communications Officer, Inclán will help with overall communications, marketing, and branding efforts for IBX and Mr. Ghaffarian’s affiliated organizations and lines of business.

At NASA, Inclán served as the space agency’s top communications executive and was responsible for external and internal communications, including public affairs, digital and video content, NASA TV, and executing the agency’s robust public outreach efforts. During her tenure, the team won numerous awards, including two Emmy’s, introduced the world to the Artemis Program, told the story of Launch America returning human spaceflight to US soil, reintroduced the NASA worm, and celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and Earth Day. In 2021, Inclán was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in recognition for her leadership in coordinating an increase in communications, expanding internal communications, and strengthening interagency coordination efforts. Before joining NASA, Inclán was the CEO of her own consulting business. Her experience also includes serving as Senior Vice President at a global public relations firm, co-hosting a radio show on SiriusXM, working in Congress, and serving as a political strategist and communications consultant for over 15 years.

Norma V. Cantú Selected as Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights have appointed Norma V. Cantú as Chair, marking a milestone for the Commission as the first Latina to serve as Chair. Cantú is a Professor of Education and Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and education law.

Cantú joins the Commission with a distinguished record of public service, including eight years as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration and most recently, as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition’s “Agency Review Team” for education. The Chair and Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights serve six-year terms.

“I am looking forward to advancing the mission of the Commission on civil rights matters facing our Nation today, in collaboration with my esteemed colleagues on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,” says newly appointed Commission Chair Cantú.

Diana Z. Rodriguez Named San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor

Poised to become the only Latina chancellor of a community college district in Southern California, Diana Z. Rodriguez steps into her new role on August 1st. “Serving as the next chancellor is the honor of a lifetime,” Rodriguez shares.

“My passion for this work comes from my own story. As I walk across our district and our campuses, I see myself in our students. I am second-generation Mexican-American, first in my family to go to college, and a very proud community college graduate.”

With more than 30 years in higher education, she served in leadership roles at Las Positas College in Northern California and Palo Verde College in Blythe before becoming San Bernardino Valley College president in 2016. At SBVC, she helped launch student-focused programs such as the GenerationGo! internship program, the Valley360 Resource Center food pantry, the Workforce Readiness Program and the annual SBVC Day of Service. Rodriguez has two master’s degrees from Cal State San Bernardino and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University.

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