Aera Energy’s Rick Rust has been named to the Allan Hancock College Foundation Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to welcome two strong business leaders to the foundation board,” said Valerie Moya Boice, president of the AHC Foundation Board of Directors. “Each has succeeded in both business and community service. They are the kind of leaders who will make an impact on student success in our community.”
Rust manages public affairs in Santa Barbara County for Aera Energy, LLC. A Central Coast native, he grew up in a family with ties to agriculture and ranching. Prior to joining Aera’s Public Affairs team, Rust served eight years in the United States Air Force and 17 years in Aera’s field operations.
“I have witnessed first-hand the impact Allan Hancock College has on the community and I am proud to further contribute to student success,” said Rust. “Aera Energy is a proud sponsor of The Hancock Promise and its revolutionary Bulldog Bound program that focuses on creating a college-going culture among elementary and junior high school students.”
Active in the Santa Maria Valley, Rust serves as a board member of the EconAlliance and Energy Partners Fund scholarship committee. He also is a member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Association.
The Allan Hancock College Foundation Board of Directors includes nearly 30 community members from the Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez valleys. Since its inception in April 1977, the foundation has awarded nearly $8 million in scholarships to Hancock students made possible by overwhelming support from the community.