POSITION: Since 2014, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, a public institution with nine comprehensive campuses, 250,000 students enrolled, and an annual budget of $5.8 billion.
PREVIOUS: Superintendent/President, MiraCosta Community College District, Oceanside, CA; President, Cosumnes River College, Los Rios Community College District; Sacramento, CA; Lecturer/Faculty Advisor, College of Education, Sacramento State University and San Diego State University; Executive Dean, Woodland Community College & Colusa Center, Yuba Community College District; Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Services, Woodland Community College; Director, Cross-Cultural Center, University of California, Davis.
AFFILIATIONS: Serve as chair of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Education and Human Resources; director of the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; president of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators Association (CALCCTA); appointee of California Governor Jerry Brown to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE); director, Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce; University of California Puente Project Advisory Board; past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and director of the UC Davis Foundation Board.
EDUCATION: Ph.D., Education, Oregon State University; M.S., Community Development; University of California, Davis; B.A., Chicano Studies, University of California, Davis; 2001 Executive Leadership Institute, League for Innovation in the Community College.
OTHER: Publication “Why Diversity and Equity Matter: Reflections from a Community College President” New Directions for Community Colleges (2015), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Frequent speaker on topics of higher education leadership, diversity and equity, workforce development, fundraising and philanthropy. First-generation college attendee, English-language learner, and proud son of immigrant factory workers.
AWARDED: 2018 Educator of the Year, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; 2017 Tom Bradley Local Leader of the Year, UCLA; 2013 North San Diego County NAACP Educator Award.