Doug Bennett is the Executive Director of College Advancement at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
His responsibilities include overseeing the fundraising and development activities for OCC, supervising the college's public relations and marketing team and serving as the director for OCC's weekend Swap Meet. He has been employed at OCC since 1986 and during that time he has had extensive involvement with the college's athletic program including being involved in fundraising and management of capital projects for OCC’s athletic program, supporting and supervising athletic events including state championships hosted by the college, providing advice and counsel to coaches and staff on athletic fundraising activities. He has also been involved in OCC's nationally recognized sailing and marine program, working on a variety of interesting donations and projects.
While at Orange Coast, he has been a spokesman and advocate for the college, holds the honorific title of “Mr. OCC” and has been involved in a wide range of development and communication activities including successful capital campaigns, board development, strategic planning for the foundation, endowment management, management of staff, and external and internal communications for OCC. Currently, he leads and manages Orange Coast College’s development, fundraising, communications, branding, marketing, media relations, internal communications, social enterprise activities including the highly successful Orange Coast College Swap Meet. Additionally, he serves as the Executive Director of the Orange Coast College Foundation.
Prior to joining OCC, his professional positions included being the Assistant Director of Development at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange and the public relations director for the Orange County Mental Health Association. He has a B.A. in Communications from Cal State and received my Master's from the Concordia MCAA program.
Doug lives in Orange in the foothill area near Irvine Park. He and his wife, Mailei, operate a recreation related business called the Riding Academy of Orange County which operates from their residence. They have a riding arena and own several horses that are used to provide lessons to mostly youth from about four years of age through teenagers.