Tova K. Corman Named New Executive Director
When Tova K. Corman was a student in LBUSD schools, it never crossed her mind that she would one day come back to help renovate them, or to build new ones.
But that’s exactly what she's doing now, as the new executive director of the Facilities Development and Planning Branch. In this position, she leads a 70-person team that plans and manages all LBUSD building projects, including those funded by the $1.2 billion Measure K bond initiative.
Corman succeeds Carri Matsumoto, who went on to become an assistant vice chancellor at the Rancho Santiago Community College District in Santa Ana.
Ironically, Corman’s last job was also in Santa Ana, at the Santa Ana Unified School District, where she served as head of the planning branch, providing oversight to the district’s school facility planning and building program.
Prior to her seven years of service with the Santa Ana district, she was an environmental planner for three years at The Planning Center in Costa Mesa, a company that managed school building projects in Southern California.
Corman also worked as an intern at the City of Laguna Beach, Department of Public Works, while earning her master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UC Irvine. She holds a certification from UC Riverside in educational facilities planning and a chief business certification from the University of Southern California.
“I am thrilled to be working in Long Beach, where I grew up and where I am proud to be a homeowner and taxpayer,” said Corman.
“I have dedicated my career to providing students with the 21st Century learning environment they deserve. It’s amazing that now, I can make a contribution to the school district that gave me such a great foundation for my education,” she added.
Corman graduated from Wilson High School after attending Hill Middle School and Minnie Gant Elementary School. A gifted athlete and nature lover, she enjoys rock climbing and other outdoor activities.
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