EXP Insider Newsletter - May-June 2019

Propelling EXP into the Future

An exciting new fiscal year is fast approaching at EXP. In anticipation of the positive growth opportunities we see ahead, we are ramping up our efforts to expand our services and community visibility.

At our last Board of Directors meeting of EXP’s 2019 fiscal year, members approved an ambitious five-year strategic plan and budget to propel our expansion of services to more schools and industries. By doing so, we can equip greater numbers of Southern California high school students with the tools and training to realize their career path and become a vital part of tomorrow’s workforce.

“Our name change and rebrand from ITEP to EXP last fall was an important first step in our strategic growth plans for FY2020 and beyond,” said Tara Voss, chair, EXP Board of Directors. “We also recruited four talented new members of our Board of Directors team. Each one brings their own diverse insights, passion, and energy to the helm of EXP governance.”


Victor Ibarra

Victor was born and raised in Wilmington. He attended the International Trade Academy (ITA) at Phineas Banning High School and pursued his higher education at the University of California Irvine, where he received his B.A. in Political Science. He currently works for Democratic Caucus Chairman Assemblymember Mike Gipson of the 64th District as his field representative. Victor’s interest for political efficacy stems from his grandfather’s involvement with Cesar Chavez and the fight for higher wages. He serves as an AD 64th Delegate to the Democratic Party and has been recognized by the State Senate with the “Extraordinary Citizen” award and the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce as “Man of the Year.” He is an Alumnus of the 2018 Equality California Leadership Academy class, which focused on cultivating new LGBTQ leaders in CA. 


Ashley E. Impellitteri

Ashley is an associate with Keesal, Young & Logan. Her law practice includes a broad range of civil litigation matters in state and federal court and securities arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and American Arbitration Association (AAA). Her maritime practice includes litigation on behalf of shipowners, insurers, ocean carriers, and terminal operators in relation to commercial disputes and personal injuries, as well as advisory matters and complex contract negotiations. Ashley earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. 

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Ronald Roberts, Jr.

Ron is a recruitment & public relations specialist with Griffith Company, a heavy civil construction company headquartered in Brea. He enjoys supporting youth and young adults with college success and career readiness; recruiting college and minority talent; and connecting employers with educational institutions and youth-serving non-profits, such as EXP. Ron earned his B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.


Jacqueline Sutton

Jacqueline’s background as a human resource professional spans 20 years. She is currently the senior human resource manager with Ports America. She incorporates continuous improvements in leadership and development, performance management, organizational development, talent management, employee relations and total rewards for the West Coast Division.

Since 2013, she has organized Ports America’s participation in the EXP Internship Program. In addition, she has served as an EXP mentor for many students at San Pedro High School. Jacqueline holds a B.A. in Journalism from Dublin City University.

EXP News

EXP "STEM Squad" assembled at Women in STEM Career Day

On May 1st, 250 young women students from seven Southern California high schools converged at California State University Long Beach to learn about career possibilities at EXP’s Women in STEM Career Day 2019.  

The day was filled to the brim with opportunities for students to engage with nearly 40 STEM professionals, who shared their experiences and inspired them to explore careers in life sciences, technology, marine biology, and a variety of engineering fields.

EXP thanks our event sponsors and year-round partners Marathon Petroleum Corporation and The Boeing Company!

Why hiring high school interns is good for business

High school interns bring fresh perspective and new energy to your organization. In return, you're investing in your future workforce and local community. Take it from our partner Yusen Logistics -- After hosting our summer interns, they chose to hire many of them back after their high school graduation the following year.

An internship unlocks doors for EXP internship candidates and prepares them to succeed in school, career and life. All it takes is an opportunity! To learn more about our internship program, contact Megan Fowler, EXP program manager, internship & outreach, at megan@expfuture.org or call (310) 562-9505.

Upcoming Events

June 11: Internship Interviews

They’ve completed mock interviews. Now they’re ready for the real thing! Students in the EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis will interview with employers to be placed in summer internships. To learn more about our internship program, contact Megan Fowler, EXP Program Manager, Internship & Outreach, at megan@expfuture.org or call (310) 562-9505.

August 2: 2019 Internship Culmination

Celebrate the completion of the EXP Internship Program: Powered by Prologis with all of our internship partners, internship scholarship sponsors, internship employers and supervisors, educational partners, volunteers, families, and students! More details coming soon.

October 25: GPS Your Future @ Long Beach City College

GPS Your Future is our signature career discovery event for 9th and 10th grade students. Read more about last year's event here and view the photo highlights here.

Sign up to be an exhibitor, speaker or sponsor with Nicole Martin Huezo, Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships today by email nicole@expfuture.org or call (424) 368-7100 x107.