San Francisco Business Times names LMC President Pamela Ralston among 100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business

For Immediate Release: Oct. 5, 2023
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Pamela Ralston
College President, Pamela Ralston for Los Medanos College

San FranciscoSan Francisco Business Times this week released its list of 100 Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, including Los Medanos College President Pamela Ralston. The women selected for the honor were recognized Tuesday during an award ceremony at the Hilton San Francisco near Union Square.

Publisher Mary Huss said the event was meant to bring together a group of influential women to share their “wisdom on leadership, community service, mentorship and the power women have to change the world.”

The event featured women from numerous professions and industries, and each had a moment to share their inspiration, advice and gratitude.

“I am proud to serve an organization that accepts 100 percent of students who apply, transforms communities and changes personal lives,” Ralston said as she accepted her award.

Ralston accepting an award
I am proud to serve an organization that accepts 100 percent of students who apply, transforms communities and changes personal lives

Ralston, who took the helm at Los Medanos College as interim president in January and was named to the seat permanently in July, has aggressively worked to increase student enrollment for transfer and for career and technical education. The college has been focused on promoting low- to no-cost classes to for adults who want to add new skills or change careers as they pursue in-demand high-paying jobs. Additionally, she is elevating the college’s profile as a place for constructive public discourse, inviting tough conversations on everything from gender and race to hunger and homelessness.

“We are so pleased to see the work of Los Medanos College and Dr. Ralston’s leadership recognized by the San Francisco Business Times, a publication long recognized for its own influence and leadership within the business community,” said Contra Costa Community College District Interim Chancellor Mojdeh Mehdizadeh.


About Los Medanos College (LMC): LMC is one of three colleges in the Contra Costa Community College District, serving the East Contra Costa County community. Established in 1974, LMC has earned federal designations as a Minority-Serving and Hispanic-Serving institution. It offers award-winning transfer and career-technical programs, support services, and diverse academic opportunities in an inclusive learning environment. With exceptional educators, innovative curriculum, growing degree and certificate offerings, and state-of-the-art facilities, the college prepares students to succeed in their educational pursuits, in the workforce, and beyond. LMC’s Pittsburg Campus is located on 120 acres bordering Antioch, with an additional education center in Brentwood.