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Dr. I. Angelov Farooq is proudly born and raised in Inland Southern California. He grew up attending local public schools in Riverside County within Jurupa Valley. Angelov and his two younger sisters were raised by a single low-income mother who instilled the value of education to transcend their challenging economic circumstances. These experiences shaped him to prioritize the advancement of equity and access to opportunities for diverse students.

Angelov serves as the Chairman of the California Workforce Development Board and has been an appointee of the Governor on the board since 2013. As Chairman, he leads the largest workforce development system in the country under the vision of the Governor & Secretary of Labor.

Angelov earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and both an Executive Master’s degree and Doctorate of Policy, Planning and Development degree from the University of Southern California. His local roots ensured he would return back to our community upon completion of his education. Angelov's lifelong commitment to education continued as he became the Founding Director of the University of California, Riverside Center for Economic Development & Innovation.


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Angelov is passionate about promoting an innovation ecosystem for quality jobs in our region. He is a Founding Board of Director for a technology incubator/accelerator in downtown Riverside called ExCITE and the owner of AVM Innovation Consulting, LLC. Angelov is active in the community serving as an appointee for the Mayor of Riverside on his Innovation District Working Group and has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Latino Network among other organizations. He is a graduate of the Leadership Riverside Class of 2015. Angelov has been an appointee of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors on the Workforce Development Board since 2007. In 2019, Angelov was appointed to co-chair California Treasurer Fiona Ma's Housing, Economic Development, Job Creation & Opportunity Zone Advisory Committee. In 2015, California's Chief Financial Officer, Controller Betty Yee, appointed him on her 10-member Council of Economic Advisors to help shape comprehensive tax reform for the state.

Angelov is married to Vessy and they have a daughter named Maya. Angelov and Vessy also serve together as a "Big Couple" for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Inland Empire; that focuses on empowering children facing adversity. His global perspectives on policies are enriched by having traveled to almost 50 countries that span 6 continents.

Angelov can be reached by email at afarooq@riversideunified.org or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.

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