POSITION: Chancellor of the Maricopa Community College District, in the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona; a public system with ten individually-accredited colleges, a corporate college, and two skill centers serving over 200,000 students.
PREVIOUS: Served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community College District; Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Maricopa Community College District; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Maricopa Community College District; District Director of Academic Programs and Services, Maricopa Community College District. Has taught as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.
AFFILIATIONS: Serves on boards, including: Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); Excelencia in Education; National Community College Hispanic Council (AACC); Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (AACC); League for Innovation in the Community College; RC2020; ETS National Community College Advisory Council; Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Greater Phoenix Leadership Council; Greater Phoenix Economic Council; Valley of the Sun United Way; Expect More Arizona; and Arizona Business and Education Coalition.
EDUCATION: Ph.D., Educational Technology, Arizona State University; M.A. in Instructional Media, Arizona State University (Fulbright Scholar); Licentiate in Educational Administration and Supervision, Summa Cum Laude, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena, Dominican Republic.
OTHER: Served on the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Awarded: 2017 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year; 2016 ATHENA-Public Sector; 2016 Valle del Sol Special Leadership Award; 2015-2016 Ascend Aspen Institute Fellow; 2015 Woman of the Year (Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce). Featured in: Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 women who have made a difference in the world by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges and exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills; International Educator as “Women Making Their Marks”; Phoenix Magazine; Hispanic Executive; Latina Styles; Revista Mercado; and Celebration of Women book.