CLA Distinguished Alumni 2005May 15, 2005
Born the third in a family of 11, Lucia Galindo was the first to graduate from a university. Her husband, Steve Kos, is also a CSULB graduate (Geology, 1975), and both her sons, Andrew and Tim, went to higher education. Since joining Southern California Edison in 1976, she has risen to become manager of Edison International’s Corporate Contributions and Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for the management of the overall corporate giving strategy, budget and implementation of major initiatives for the corporation. She takes her commitment to community service seriously and supports her neighborhood parish, St. Joseph’s, in Hawthorne. She serves on the board of the Arts Council for Long Beach and chairs the Contributions Council of the Conference Board in New York City. She also sits on various local and national grant-making councils. She has received awards for her support of such local youth organizations as the Pomona YMCA and grass roots arts organizations as the Theater of Hearts in Los Angeles. She volunteers for many nonprofit organizations through work-sponsored activities and through her personal interest such as the Los Angeles Weingart Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. She continues to mentor young people both in her family and among students she has met through the Edison student intern program.
Nancy Yoho is retired from Rand McNally where she worked as vice president of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). During her 26-year career, she managed up to 95 GIS staff in research, data development, product creation and quality assurance, producing more than 350 databases and published street level products, including the Thomas Guides, each year for markets throughout the United States. Starting out as a cartographer by hand-drawing maps, she advanced in the firm. “After only four years on the job, they asked me to help develop the standards, concepts and designs for the digital maps,” she said. In addition to managing the staff and products, she designed innovative new products, managed multi-million dollar budgets, and was instrumental in using technology to reduce product costs while maintaining data quality. She hired over 100 CSULB graduates during her years in management. Although Rand McNally keeps at the forefront of new technology, a good paper map is often hard to beat for convenience, especially in the car, she said. She joined the CSULB Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2005 and is currently serving as President-Elect. Her husband, Steven, is a 1982 Business Administration alumnus, son, Daniel, is a 2008 Geography alumnus and daughter, Alison, is enrolled at CSULB as a Civil Engineering major.