PNNL’s Ofelia Rivas de Bredt Begins Term as Newest CBC Trustee
Posted Date: October 27th, 2021PASCO, Wash. – Ofelia Rivas de Bredt has become the latest member of Columbia Basin
College’s governor-appointed Board of Trustees, joining her first board meeting as
Trustee October 11, 2021.
Columbia Basin College
By: Jay Frank
Bredt is a Deputy Manager of the Project Lifecycle Division at Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory (PNNL). She began her career at PNNL in 1993, and has contributed to the
Lab as an engineer, technical advisor, and in project management.
Bredt is a first-generation college graduate who began her journey in higher education
at Shasta College, a community college in Redding, CA. She transferred to UC Irvine’s
chemistry program as a junior, and credits her community college experience as providing
her with a strong educational foundation at a very affordable cost. She also appreciated
the personal attention provided her by the professors at the community college level.
Bredt explains how her experience as a community college student inspires her in her
new role as Trustee, saying, “Shasta College was valuable to me and I believe Columbia
Basin College is an asset to the Tri-Cities by making education affordable, accessible
and personal. I would like the opportunity to care for our community college, so
others can have access to an affordable educational option.”
A deep commitment to community service has driven Bredt to work with a diverse collection
of civic organizations, including: the Richland Public Library, Boy’s and Girl’s Club,
the Tri-Cities Latino Community Network, and the Institute for Latino & Latina Leadership,
Education, and Development. Bredt is a Board Member of the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce. She also contributed to the CBC Strategic Plan as a member of that plans
Strategic Planning Committee.
For more information on CBC’s Board of Trustee’s, visit the CBC website.