Making his third consecutive appearance on the list, Woodbury President, Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, has been named to “The Valley 200” for 2019, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s annual recognition of the area’s 200 most influential leaders.
According to the publication, The Valley 200 is comprised of leaders from various sectors of the community whose “involvement, commitment and invaluable contributions help improve the Valley’s economy and quality of life.” Each influencer has positively shaped the San Fernando, Simi, Conejo, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys, home to more than 1.75 million people.
Said Charles Crumpley, Business Journal editor and publisher, “all of those on the list can be characterized this way: They are the ones striving to accomplish important objectives in whatever realm they operate in. They are the engaged and persuasive ones we depend on. They are the most influential people in our midst. The Valley 200 is an important way to recognize the ones who stand up for the rest of us.”
Appointed in October 2015, Dr. Steele-Figueredo serves as Woodbury’s 14th president.
Prior to joining Woodbury, he was dean of San Jose State University’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. Before beginning his academic career, he played a variety of strategic roles with Chevron Corp., including senior strategic planner and financial analyst on the Chevron-Gulf merger team, and president of Chevron Latin America. Born in Venezuela, he attended the University of Birmingham in England, where he earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering. He later completed graduate business training at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the board of Better Burbank Corp. He describes his passion as “researching and writing articles about higher education, given its importance in maintaining U.S. leadership in today’s global innovation economy.”