Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

Dr. David Speak – Professor, Political Science 

Dr. David Speak received his bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and his graduate work in 

Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. He received his master’s and Ph.D. in Political 

Theory. He has taught at eight institutions of higher education, including UNC, NC State, 

the University of Iowa, and Claremont McKenna College. He served a four-year term as an 

elected Trustee of the Claremont Unified School District, presiding over the Board in his 

last year in office. He came to Cal Poly Pomona in 1990 and has twice served as Chair of the 

Political Science Department. Dr. Speak was the first Director of New Faculty Orientation at 

Cal Poly Pomona and served as Director of the Service Learning Center. He has also served 

two terms as Chair of the Faculty Senate.

Ms. Erica Frausto – Executive Director, Pomona Chamber of Commerce  

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Cal Poly Pomona in 2005, Erica 

Frausto began her pursuit of a career in economic development, working for a nonprofit 

community development corporation in Los Angeles that focused on the growth of the 

minority small business community. Seeing the need for advocacy and support in business 

community, she was also able to use her education in public relations to network with local 

stakeholders and politicians. As her interest in economic development grew, she became the 

Business Development Specialist for the City of Pomona under the former Redevelopment 

Agency. An opportunity to serve as the Business Improvement District Manager for the City 

of Huntington Park provided her an arena to work with over 400 businesses and help secure 

the city’s CA State Enterprise Zone program. She managed a 3 million dollar grant from the 

Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Erica’s career path broadened with a position at 

the Rancho Santiago Community College District. She performed economic development 

activities in the retail, hospitality, and tourism industries in the Orange County and Los 

Angeles County regions before returning to Pomona.