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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: May 22, 2007

Mitchell Will Also Be Graduation Speaker

The Santa Monica College Foundation is pleased to announce the two winners of the first-ever SMC Alumni Recognition Awards one of whom will also be the speaker at SMC's 77th commencement ceremonies in June.

Warren I. Mitchell, Chairman of the Board of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. headquartered in Seal Beach , has been named recipient of the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award. Mitchell will also be the commencement speaker.

Pam Brady, former member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board and incoming president of the California PTA, has been named recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award.

Both will be recognized at commencement, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at SMC's Corsair Field, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Mitchell, who attended SMC from 1954 to 1959, oversees a corporation that is North America 's leader in providing natural gas to fleet operators.

Mitchell, of Huntington Beach , retired July 1, 2000 from Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and related products and services. Its two regulated utilities, Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas) and San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E), have the largest regulated gas and electric customer base in the United States with more than six million meters serving 21 million consumers.

At the time of his retirement, he held the positions of Group President, Regulated Business Units for Sempra Energy, Chairman and President of SoCal Gas and Chairman of SDG&E, in addition to chairing the Board of Directors of both companies. He held these positions since 1998.

Previously, Mitchell was President of SoCal Gas from 1990 to 1998. During his leadership of SoCal Gas, net income targets were met or exceeded each year, costs were reduced, the Company improved its competitive position, customer satisfaction increased, over 500,000 customers were added, and labor management relations improved. He held a broad range of positions prior to becoming President.

Mitchell served as Chairman of the National Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, Chairman of the Pacific Coast Gas Association, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Gas Technology . He also served as a Board member of the American Gas Association, the Gas Research Institute, the United Way of

Los Angeles , the Los Angeles Urban League, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Southern California Regional Purchasing Council.

In 1994, Mitchell received the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference Award for his civic and business activities. He also received the 1995 Public Service Award from the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment.

He is also a Director for the Energy Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to energy efficiency, headquartered in Irvine , Calif. He is also a director for the Fullerton College Foundation and for Pegasus Solutions, Inc.

Mitchell is involved as a consultant on regulatory initiatives for clients participating in California Public Utilities Commission proceedings.

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Pepperdine University and has also completed the Stanford Executive Program.

Brady, who attended SMC in the mid-1960s, will take office as President of the California PTA on July 1.

Brady, of Malibu , is a well known, widely respected and proven leader with more than 25 years of experience specializing in children, family, social and educational issues at the local, state and national levels. Among the many educational leadership positions she has held have been past president of the 33rd District PTA, past president of the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association, and past director of the California School Boards Association.

Her civic involvement has been with such organizations as the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Police Activities League, YWCA, Commission on the Status of Women, American Youth Soccer Organization, Little League, Head Start, and Special Olympics.

Her honors have included California State Assembly Women of the Year in 2002, YWCA Woman of the Year, Lions Club Community Leader Award, and several PTA Honorary Service and State Golden Oak Awards.

On the State PTA, Brady is a member of the Legislation, Convention Management, Resolution, Resource and Development Committees and Chair of the Grievance and Office Committee. Previously she was Vice President for Leadership Services, Education, Education Advocate, and served on Health and Member Services Commissions and the Student Involvement Committee.

She works as the Community Mobilization Manager for the American Cancer Society.

Brady received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from California State University , Northridge, and has completed some graduate work towards a Master's of Business Administration.

She, her husband Dave and their three children have opened their home to a multitude of foreign exchange students and to teenagers who needed a secure home.



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