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Bruce Saito


Bruce Saito's career with the California Conservation Corps goes back to 1977 and the Corps' earliest days. After graduating from San Francisco State University, he spent nearly a decade with the CCC, joining the program as a supervisor/instructor at the Bret Harte Training Academy in Calaveras County, then moving to the Santa Clara (Agnews) Center where he worked for two years.

Promoted to a Conservationist II, Bruce worked at the San Gabriel Center, then moved on to the CCC's Los Angeles Urban Center, serving as director of the CCC's first nonresidential center. After a stint at the Camarillo Center, Bruce joined with Martha Diepenbrock to establish the Los Angeles Conservation Corps in 1986. Bruce became LACC executive director in 1995, and devoted nearly 30 years to the program, the largest local nonprofit urban corps in the nation.

In 2014, the LACC's Adult Corps High School was renamed in honor of Bruce, as Saito High School.
Bruce has also been active in the corps movement on the national level. He has served as president of the Corps Network's board of directors and was honored with their Corps Legacy Achievement Award in 2014. In California, he has served as president of the California Association of Local Conservation Corps that represents 13 certified local conservation corps programs.

Bruce is currently a board member of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation, the California Prison Authority and the Los Angeles County Beaches Commission.

In 2009, Bruce joined the efforts to fight the elimination of the California Conservation Corps, serving as a strong advocate for the state program.

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