Bonilla Selects Alissa Friedman 11th Assembly District Woman of the Year

Executive Director of Antioch’s Opportunity Junction

Alissa Friedman

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) announced today that Alissa Friedman, executive director of Opportunity Junction, has been selected as the 11th California State Assembly District’s Woman of the Year for her significant contributions to our community. Ms. Friedman will participate in the Woman of the Year ceremony in the California State Assembly on Monday, March 26, 2012.

Alissa has created, through Opportunity Junction, an important access point for women in our community to become educated, trained, and able to find a job.” Bonilla said. “Alissa has shown incredible community leadership and has been able to provide practical assistance to many individuals and families in the 11th Assembly District.”

“I feel honored and humbled to be singled out by Assemblywoman Bonilla, whom I hold in such high regard,” said Friedman. “The credit for Opportunity Junction’s success in placing local residents into sustainable employment, though, goes to our dedicated staff and volunteers, fueled by the inspiration of working with participants who are determined to develop the skills and confidence to achieve self-sufficiency.”

About Alissa and Opportunity Junction:

Alissa Friedman is Executive Director of Opportunity Junction and has overseen its growth from a pilot workforce development program into a local hub for training, education, and job placement. Alissa joined Opportunity Junction in 2001 as Project Manager and took over as Executive Director in 2003.

Located in Antioch, Opportunity Junction’s mission is to fight poverty by helping low-income adults gain the skills and confidence to support themselves and their families. Programs include the flagship Job Training and Placement Program, which prepares participants for administrative careers, the evening Technology Center, Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance, and Bay Point Career Development Services. Even in this economy, 84% of those who complete Opportunity Junction’s job training enter employment within six months. For more information about Opportunity Junction and for volunteer opportunities, please visit


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2 Comments to “Bonilla Selects Alissa Friedman 11th Assembly District Woman of the Year”

  1. jean macdonald says:

    Congratulations Alissa!

  2. Leslie Wood says:

    As one of those low-income adults who was helped by Opportunity Junction, and Alissa Friedman, all I can say is yo uhave made a very wise choise in selecting her for the honor! Nice job Alissa! I, and my family, are forever indebted to you and the Junction!! Congratulations.

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