Betty Robles-Leal named Director of Employee Services for Human Resources

December 14, 2016 | San Diego Community College District

What do you call the person responsible for making sure your paychecks, benefits, and retirement contributions are all in good order?

Betty Robles-LealAt the San Diego Community College District, that would be Betty Robles-Leal, who, as the new Director of Employee Services for Human Resources, oversees payroll, retirement reporting, and employee benefits, among other duties.

“It’s a great job,” said Robles-Leal. “I like helping people, I like making sure people are getting the services they need. We have a really good team here and I enjoy coming to work every day.”

Robles-Leal lives with her husband of 15 years, Francisco, just two blocks from her childhood home in Linda Vista. A graduate of Mission Bay High School, Robles-Leal attended UC San Diego, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and an emphasis in public law and Spanish literature.

Her career track was set while working with a local law firm, where she would take on the duties of office manager and bookkeeper. That led to accounting classes at UC San Diego Extension and a job as an accounting manager at a landscape architecture firm before becoming a payroll supervisor at National University in La Jolla, where she earned her MBA with a specialization in human resources management.

After three years at National University, Robles-Leal was hired last year as Payroll Supervisor for the District. A few months later, she became the Acting Director of Employee Services for Human Resources. She was named permanent director in December.

Robles-Leal embodies the district’s mission.

“I was lucky, I was able to go to a four-year university right out of high school,” Robles-Leal said. “But not everyone has that opportunity. Maybe it’s because of finances, maybe it’s because of grades, whatever the reason, a lot of people don’t have the option of going from high school straight to a university. So it means something to me to work for a college system that is open to everyone no matter who you are or where you come from. To work for a college system that allows you to work toward transferring to a university or get the training you desire to improve your life, that’s a place I can definitely say I’m proud to work for.”

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