Carla J. Thornton, associate director of development for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, wants to advocate for Inland veterans
Carla J. Thornton had always been involved in community work, but it took being part of a class on community organizing to change her life. The light bulb moment came while she was obtaining her master’s in social work at the University of Southern California. “I realized I could do social work at the macro level and directly impact individuals,” she said.
On Feb. 11, Thornton — who is the associate director of development for the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences — was appointed to the California Veterans Board, which advocates for veterans affairs by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The position, which requires Senate confirmation, is open solely to veterans.
Joining the board is just an extension of Thornton’s community service. She currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and was on active duty from 1997 to 2008.