OID Event– “Understanding Local Politics”

September 13, 2021 Add to Calendar

5–6 p.m.




Jennifer Alanis


Attendees will

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the richness and complexity of local politics.
  • Learn more about the intersection between local government and civic responsibilities and the field of politics as a major or career.


Jed Leano, mayor pro tem, Claremont

Leano is serving his first term on the Claremont City Council (November 2018 - November 2022). In October 2019, he was named Democrat of the Year for the 41st Assembly District by the LA County Democratic Party. He serves as chair of the San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust Board, vice chair of Tri-City Mental Health Board, and Claremont’s representative to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Homelessness Committee. He represents the SGV COG on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Community Economic and Human Development Committee, charged with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment methodology, and represents SCAG on the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee, charged with overseeing programs to reduce motor vehicle air pollution. He serves as chair of the Claremont Lincoln University MPA program Advisory Council, vice chair of the Filipino American Democratic Caucus of the CA Democratic Party, and on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Immigration Resource Center.

Prior to his election to City Council, Jed served as the vice chair of the Community and Human Services Commission and was the founding chair of Housing Claremont. Since 2011, he has served as lead attorney for the quarterly immigration and naturalization clinic at the United Methodist Church. He was founding board member and lead attorney of the Neighborhood Immigration Clinic in 2009, a state-wide pro-bono immigration law clinic, and served as board chair from 2012-2014. Leano works as an immigration attorney in private practice in Pasadena, CA. He obtained his juris doctor from Rutgers School of Law in 2005 and bachelor of arts from the University of Kentucky in 2001.

Nancy Treser Osgood, president, Claremont Unified School District

Osgood has a master of arts in religious education from the Claremont School of Theology and a bachelor of arts in English from Pomona College. She also studied at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She is a past trustee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) serving over 88,000 members in 82 countries. An active parent and community member, Osgood has served on the Claremont Educational Foundation and Claremont After School Program boards, and volunteered for the Claremont High School Boys Soccer Boosters, cross country, and speech and debate teams. She is a member of the University Club, League of Women Voters, Community Friends of International Students, Curtain Raisers, Rembrandt Club and Campus Women. She and her husband, Peter (HMC admission director), have two sons.