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Official Candidate Biography
CANDIDATE STATEMENT:
RYAN BENT
Businessman/City Commissioner
My priorities as your next Trustee include establishing a focus on
student success while being fiscally efficient and transparent with
taxpayer dollars.
After earning m y Associate’s Degree from
NOCCCD’s Fullerton College, I went on to complete a Bachelor’s
Degree in Business Administration, Master of Public Administration,
Master of Business Administration, Certificate in Finance, and
Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management.
As a proud husband, father, businessman, committed lifelong
learner, and dedicated public servant with decades of business
experience in a financial career, I have unique experience in higher
education, K-12 education, and local government as a State
University’s MBA Program Advisor y Council Member, Chairman of a
High School Site Council, and PTA Legislative Advocac y Chairman.
I also serve the City of Yorba Linda as a Public Librar y
Commissioner, General Plan Advisor y Committee Member, and
Citizen of the Year Selection Committee Member.
I will proudly represent and be accountable to the residents of
Yorba Linda, Brea, and La Habra Heights, along with portions of La
Habra, Fullerton and Placentia.
The NOCCCD oversees the
campuses of Fullerton College, Cypress College, and the School of
Continuing Education.
Please visit m y website www.RyanBent.org
information and thank you for your consideration.

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FAMILY:
Ryan and his wife Emily are the proud parents of four kids and have been active volunteers within their community in and
around Yorba Linda where they were both raised. Ryan and Emily met while working through college together at
Disneyland. At the time they were married, Ryan thought he was a pretty good-catch but Emily has proven to him every
single year since that he married-up.
Emily also earned the first Master’s Degree in the family along with her teaching credential while raising our first daughter
and working part-time to begin her career in education. Emily’s pride and joy is her children and for the last several years,
she has held the most challenging position on earth as a full-time mom and active community volunteer while revolving
everything around the kids’ activities and education. Now that their children are all of school age with the oldest being in
high school, Emily has very recently accepted a new part-time education director position at the family’s local church.
P.O. Box 115 Yorba Linda, CA 92885 • Email: Ryan@RyanBent.org • Tel: (714) 745-5520

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RECENT COMMUNITY SERVICE:
City of Yorba Linda Public Library Commissioner (2015-Present):
Appointed by the Yorba Linda City Council to serve a 4-year term as one of seven City Commissioners responsible for
providing the City Staff and City Council with guidance and advice on such issues as: the adoption of standards for Library
services, the selection of materials, and the establishment of Library rules and policies. The Commission also works closely
with the Friends of the Yorba Linda Public Library, local schools, the business community, and other local agencies to
ensure the highest quality of service.
City of Yorba Linda General Plan Advisory Committee - Vice Chairman (2012-Present):
Internally elected Vice-Chair after being appointed by the City Council to serve as one of five at-large Committee Members
who joined existing City Commissioners for the purpose of drafting Yorba Linda's next 20-year General Plan, which will
guide all policy decisions and their implementation on a go-forward basis.
City of Yorba Linda Citizen of the Year Selection Committee (2016-Present):
Selected to serve with the Mayor on his committee to select 2016’s most outstanding citizen for a community full of
extraordinary people who continuously serve causes greater than themselves.
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District - Yorba Linda High School Site Council – Chairman (2014-Present):
Internally elected Chair as one of three community members elected to serve on the Site Council who will help guide one of
the finest public schools in the nation in its pursuit of continual excellence and who manages the approval of expenditures
as they correlate to the School's Single Plan, Mission, Vision, and Values.
Parent-Teacher Association - Yorba Linda High School - Legislative Advocacy Chairman (2015-Present):
As a local officer of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA Legislative Advocacy Chairs are
responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community
members and elected officials about PTA's issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals. The unit, council or district
legislative chair provides PTA members with information about PTA positions on current legislation and issues.
City of Yorba Linda’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) (2014-Present):
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Citizen Corps Program. CERT training is provided using a nationally
recognized curriculum approved by FEMA. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards
that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue,
team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises,
CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are
not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking
a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Colorado State University MBA Program Advisory Council (2013-2016):
Appointed by the CSU MBA Program Director and MBA Advisory Council Selection Committee. The Colorado State
University MBA Advisory Council evaluates the MBA program experience from the perspective of current students and
recent graduates for the purpose of identifying improvement opportunities for implementation to achieve continued
excellence and international recognition.
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Citizens’ Academy Graduate - Class # 1 (2013):
Selected by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Community Relations Manager. The Citizens’ Academy is designed
to give citizens an in-depth look at the daily operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The curriculum includes
interactive course instruction along with field trips provided by a variety of Sheriff’s Department personnel who are experts in
their respective fields.
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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & GRADUATE STUDIES:
Over the last decade, Ryan has been employed by Canon where he has had the unique opportunity to partner with
hundreds of businesses including Fortune 500, large multi-national corporations, regional organizations, government
agencies, universities, colleges, school districts, and local businesses. During these years, he has been an executive that
specializes in business productivity services and equipment, workflow solutions, and financial services. Ryan continuously
draws upon his experience to offer skilled evaluations, process reviews, and counsel to his clients.
In addition to a demanding work schedule, Ryan pursued the continuing of his education to help prepare him for future
executive management opportunities in business and public service opportunities in and around his community. He first
attended Cal State Northridge to complete his Master of Public Administration degree with university honors. In the middle
of this program, Ryan’s second daughter was born. After completing the program, Ryan began coaching his oldest
daughter’s softball team for a couple seasons before having a third child, Ryan and Emily’s only son. A couple years later,
Ryan evaluated Master of Business Administration programs locally and elsewhere before selecting the distance program
offered by Colorado State University which would allow him to be a rare student in their joint-program. This offering allowed
him to simultaneously pursue a CSU MBA with a Master Certificate in Federal Financial Management from Graduate School
USA in Washington DC and another Certificate in Finance from the CSU College of Business..
While in the middle of the Colorado State University program, Ryan and Emily’s final daughter was born. Around that time,
Ryan was also selected to become a MBA Program Mentor for fellow students. Upon graduation, Ryan was appointed by
the MBA Program Director to the university’s MBA Advisory Council where he served for three years, wrote multiple
guidance reports for the Deans, completely re-drafted the council’s charter, and later wrote the charter’s first amendment.
Through this council, Ryan worked with other the extraordinary professionals from across the country who would work
remotely together throughout the year completing projects for the university but who formally came together for meetings a
couple times a year. Many great friends were made during these years and their collective dedication to volunteerism in
order to give back to their university was an inspiration to all involved. Ryan enjoyed his many trips to the beautiful Fort
Collins, CO campus and Emily occasionally joined him as their family schedule would allow. One of the times, they took the
opportunity to enjoy a post-meeting road trip to see Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
EARLY LIFE THROUGH UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION:
Ryan, along with his younger brother, grew-up in the best way possible, benefiting from excellent schools, abundant athletic
fields, and a great public library. Both of Ryan’s parents were raised in military families as his grandfathers served in the
Navy and Air Force. After the better part of 5 decades in the workforce, Ryan’s recently retired Dad was a construction
manager who enjoyed coaching his little league baseball teams and his work-ethic eventually earned him an executive
management position for a major homebuilder. Ryan’s Mom was also an active volunteer who helped coach a first couple
seasons of youth soccer, occasionally parent-taught ‘Project Self-Esteem’ classes and assisted teachers at Ryan’s
elementary school before beginning her own now 29-year teaching career working hard for the La Habra City School
District. The 1980s and early-1990s were a great time to be a kid. In between sports seasons, Ryan enjoyed his family’s
various hobbies including: taking river trips, dirt biking, snow skiing, camping vacations, and family get-togethers.
During the high school years, Ryan attended Esperanza HS and was fortunate to play three sports his freshman year before
focusing on two for the remaining years. He was on varsity teams for seven seasons between Football and Wrestling, won
multiple championships, and was a member of one of the most accomplished wrestling teams in his school’s history, which
also had the incredible opportunity to learn from the great Dan Gable himself while attending the University of Iowa’s
summer training camp together. Once the final season ended his senior year, Ryan started working at Disneyland where he
worked through college and received multiple promotions over his eventual 5-year tenure.
In a personal growth moment at age 18, Ryan weighed his options and decided to not pursue athletics further in order to
focus more intently on his College education and new job working for Disney which he believed would prepare him well for a
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future in business. He enrolled at Fullerton College and also accepted a seasonal wrestling coach position at his former
high school, where he instructed members of the Varsity, JV, and Freshman teams for three seasons. Ryan had a great
experience at Fullerton College where he majored in business, was challenged by the rigor of his coursework, felt at-home
on campus, and was impressed by the caliber of his professors.
Ryan continued his business education at Cal State Fullerton where he became intricately involved on campus. By the time
he graduated, Ryan had been Captain of the University’s Advertising Team, and held various leadership positions on the
Advertising Club’s Board. Ryan was also appointed by the CSUF College of Communications to be the only business major
serving on their Inter-Club Leadership Council & Financial Committee. Immediately after graduating with a Bachelor’s
Degree in Business Administration, Ryan embarked on a new career focused on business to business marketing, sales, and
finance.

North Orange County Community College District Issues
Ryan Bent is running for the office of Trustee Area 7 in order to ensure that the NOCCCD’s colleges continually improve
experiences for students, professors, staff, and administration prioritizing the focus on delivering extraordinary value for the
taxpayers and students who fund them. Area 7 is elected by residents of Yorba Linda, Brea, and La Habra Heights, along
with portions of La Habra, Fullerton and Placentia. In staggered election years, Trustees are elected to the board on 4-year
terms representing seven different areas in order to ensure geographic diversity.
BOND IMPLEMENTATION, TRANSPARENCY, & ACCOUNTABILITY:
The NOCCCD is dedicated to serving the Northern Orange County cities of Anaheim, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Cypress,
Buena Park, Placentia, Brea, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, Rossmoor, Garden Grove,
La Mirada, Orange, Seal Beach, Stanton and Whittier. In 2014 and by 15 votes over the 55% required, the voters of these
cities approved a $574 million bond (Measure J) to improve the colleges. In 2002, the voters passed a $239 million bond
(Measure X) to improve the district’s college facilities. As a result, currently taxpayers are paying $16.09 per $100,000
assessed property value for Measure X which will be paid through the year 2028 and for Measure J, taxpayers are currently
paying $14.34 per $100,000 assessed property value which will be paid through the year 2051. On one hand, the
taxpayers’ decisions will surely benefit generations of students and there have already been numerous improvements made
with more already planned.
It is of the utmost importance to monitor the budgets of these projects to ensure the district is receiving a maximized value
for every dollar. For the more recent Measure J, it is a time for accountability to ensure that these funds are being used for
what they were intended for. The way it was written was vague which gives the district a lot of flexibility with specific project
budgets but there was an overarching intent which was promised to the taxpayers so it is crucial to be transparent
purposeful throughout the duration of those expenditures in order to be accountable to the people who work very hard to
pay for these improvements.
THE ECONOMICS OF COLLEGE:
Community Colleges are not immune to the laws of economics. The periods in California community college history that
brought declining enrollment have typically occurred when one of two things happen: 1) major budget cuts in past decades
caused there to be less courses offered and taken and caused students to leave. 2) Tuition and fee increases have brought
declines as well. Additionally the overall success of the economy or lack thereof also cause fluctuations as the long-term
value must outweigh the opportunity cost or short-term sacrifice that going to college demands. The cost of living in and
around the North Orange County Community College District makes the sacrifice for some far greater than in other parts of
the country. It is vital that value continues to be maximized for the students as the community college system offers an
excellent education and is still the most economic path for college or vocational training.
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BACCALAUREATE DEGREES TO BE OFFERED:
As of the last Strategic Plan, the community college system had begun to consider offering Bachelor’s Degrees at
community colleges and what that would look like. The initial concept would be to offer programs that are unique and don’t
conflict or directly compete with the established 4-year California Universities. NOCCCD recently partnered with Cal State
Fullerton to Baccalaureate Degree Summit which is the first such event locally. NOCCCD’s shared the following summit
news on their webpage, “According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the State will need approximately 1 million
more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2025. To help alleviate this shortage, Cypress College is one of 15 community
colleges to take part in the baccalaureate degree pilot program. Additionally, NOCCCD—under the direction of Dr. Joyce
Carrigan, Dean of the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program—is tasked with overseeing a $750,000 state-wide grant to
ensure their success.”
CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGES:
The California Community Colleges system has a headquarters but unlike the University of California or California State
Universities, the 113 community colleges are much more decentralized in their management and decision making. The
community college system collectively serves 2.1 million students. A top-down Strategic Plan provides useful data, trends,
an overall vision for the system and suggestions on how to address specific challenges that most community colleges are
facing. The Strategic Plan is intended as a guide however as the local Community Colleges have autonomy to assess their
own specific challenges and utilize their discretionary portions of their budget funds to work independently on resolutions.
STATEWIDE CHALLENGES:
Several overarching challenges have been identified statewide. Some of these include: changes in demographics overtime,
educational challenges, how to better align statewide educational policies, how to improve college awareness and access,
how to improve student success and readiness, how to improve partnerships for economic and workforce development,
overall system effectiveness, and resource development. Many issues revolve around a few factors. First, California’s high
school graduation rate is only at 76% overall and only 52% of all freshman high school students will ever step foot in a
college classroom.
INCOMING COLLEGE STUDENTS:
A significant percentage of incoming college students are assessed to be not be ready without taking remedial courses,
which is what they are for so students must not get discouraged but that becomes a barrier to success for some. However,
those who somehow argue to skip a remedial course they were assessed to take, often fail the course especially in math
courses. Awareness and access are going to be growing issues and community colleges need to do a better job of
partnership with high schools to get students excited about their future educational path from a pre-High School age. High
School success for not only graduations but college readiness is not something the community college districts should have
to focus time and energy on but failure at lower levels of education impact every level of education and as a state, the
people must collectively demand better.

Ryan’s Principles
RYAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL OATH OF OFFICE:
"I, Ryan Bent, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of
the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution
of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter; so
help me God"
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RYAN'S PLEDGE:
"I will not accept any campaign contributions from government unions or any other entity which may possibly come before
the NOCCCD Board of Trustees, in order to avoid a potential conflict of interest or the appearance thereof."
RYAN SIGNED THE CODE OF FAIR CAMPAIGN PRACTICES:
There are basic principles of decency, honesty, and fair play which every candidate for public office in the State of California
has a moral obligation to observe and uphold in order that, after vigorously contested but fairly conducted campaigns, our
citizens may exercise their constitutional right to a free and untrammeled choice and the will of the people may be fully and
clearly expressed on the issues.
THEREFORE:
(1) I SHALL CONDUCT my campaign openly and publicly, discussing the issues as I see them, presenting my record and
policies with sincerity and frankness, and criticizing without fear or favor the record and policies of my opponents or political
parties that merit this criticism.
(2) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT the use of character defamation, whispering campaigns, libel, slander, or scurrilous
attacks on any candidate or his or her personal or family life.
(3) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any appeal to negative prejudice based on a candidate's actual or perceived race,
religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age,
sexual orientation, sex, including gender identity, or any other characteristic set forth in Section 12940 of the Government
Code, or association with another person who has any of the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Section 12940
of the Government Code.
(4) I SHALL NOT USE OR PERMIT any dishonest or unethical practice that tends to corrupt or undermine our American
system of free elections, or that hampers or prevents the full and free expression of the will of the voters including acts
intended to hinder or prevent any eligible person from registering to vote, enrolling to vote, or voting.
(5) I SHALL NOT coerce election help or campaign contributions for myself or for any other candidate from my employees.
(6) I SHALL IMMEDIATELY AND PUBLICLY REPUDIATE support deriving from any individual or group that resorts, on
behalf of my candidacy or in opposition to that of my opponent, to the methods and tactics that I condemn. I shall accept
responsibility to take firm action against any subordinate who violates any provision of this code or the laws governing
elections.
(7) I SHALL DEFEND AND UPHOLD the right of every qualified American voter to full and equal participation in the
electoral process.
I, the undersigned, candidate for election to public office in the State of California or treasurer or chairperson of a committee
making any independent expenditures, hereby voluntarily endorse, subscribe to, and solemnly pledge myself to conduct my
campaign in accordance with the above principles and practices."
Date: 8/16/2016

Candidate Signature:

Ryan Bent

Candidate Name: RYAN BENT
Election: General Election - November 8, 2016
RYAN'S GUIDING DOCUMENTS:
I follow and hold in the highest regard, the instruction manuals known as the U.S. Declaration of Independence and U.S.
Constitution. I am focused on preserving our Republic for all time, ensuring that the power stays in the hands of the people,
encouraging local governments to do their jobs by acting as a protective shield from the levels above, and I work to help
people understand that election days are important but in our system of government, participation is equally as important
the other 364 days per year.
P.O. Box 115 Yorba Linda, CA 92885 • Email: Ryan@RyanBent.org • Tel: (714) 745-5520

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