Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of experts that strongly support our work and provide us with critical strategic advice as we press forward with solutions to increase college access and improve student success. Please note, organization affiliation is listed for identification purposes only.


Roberta Achtenberg

Member, Board of Trustees
California State University

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Gail Andrade

Education Consultant and Executive Leadership Coach


Barbara Beno

Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges


Parker Blackman

Bluebell Giving


Christopher Cabaldon

West Sacramento


Carol Chandler

Chandler Farm


Linda Griego

President & CEO
Griego Enterprises, Inc.


Matthew Haney

Director of Policy
Rebuild the Dream

Surina Khan

Women’s Foundation of California


Dr. Steven Kinsella

Gavilan College


Robin Kramer

Pitzer College


David Mas Masumoto

Author & Owner
Masumoto Family Farms

Eliseo Medina

Chair of Immigration and Latino Civic Engagement Initiative
SEIU International

Miles Nevin

Director of the Superintendent-President’s Office
Long Beach City College

John Nixon

Associate Vice President
Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges


Eloy Ortiz Oakley

California Community Colleges

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Felix W. Ortiz III

Founder, Chairman & CEO
Viridis Learning

Alex Pader

Past President
Student Senate for the California Community Colleges

Judy Patrick

Director of Public Policy
The Women’s Foundation of California


Nolan Rollins

President and CEO
Los Angeles Urban League

Gabriel A. Sandoval

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Deborah Santiago

Co-founder & Vice President Policy and Research
Excelencia in Education

William Scroggins

President & CEO
Mt. San Antonio College

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Ryan Smith

Executive Director
Education Trust-West

Christopher Steinhauser

Long Beach Unified School District

Gary Toebben

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Vice Chancellor, Workforce & Economic Development
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

Helen Iris Torres

Helen Iris Torres

Executive Director and CEO
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

David Valladolid

National President & CEO
Parent Institute for Quality Education

John Welty

Former President
California State University, Fresno

Carol Whiteside

Founder & President
Emeritus The Great Valley Center

Deacon John Wilson

Education & Enrichment Ministry Director
West Angeles Church of God in Christ

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Kent Wong

UCLA Labor Center for Labor Research and Education

Members of our Senior Faculty Advisory Body are experts in the fields of higher education and public policy and serve as reviewers for our research, providing critical feedback on our major reports.

Cheryl Blanco
Vice President for Special Projects
Southern Regional Education Board
Steve Boilard
Executive Director
Center for CA Studies
Henry Brady
Goldman School for Public Policy at UC Berkeley
David Breneman
Professor in Economics of Education
University of Virginia
Darla Cooper
Director of Research and Evaluation
The RP Group
Michelle Asha Cooper
Institute for Higher Education Policy
John Douglass
Senior Research Fellow, Public Policy and Higher Education
Center for Studies in Higher Education
Robert Gabriner
Program Director, Educational Leadership Doctoral Program for Schools and Community Colleges
San Francisco State
Mary Gill

Retired CA Community College Chancellor’s Office & State Legislature

Carrie Hahnel
Director of Policy and Research
Education Trust-West
Hans Johnson
Senior Fellow
Public Policy Institute of California
Dennis Jones
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
David Kirp
Professor of Public Policy
UC Berkeley
Kay McClenney
Center for Community College Student Engagement
University of Texas at Austin
Colleen Moore
Research Specialist
Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy
Sacramento State University
Dowell Myers
Professor and Director
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Population Dynamics Research Group
John Rogers
Associate Professor
UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies,
Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
Nancy Shulock
Professor and Executive Director
Institute for Higher Educatiion Leadership and Policy
Sacramento State University
William Tierney
Professor and Co-Director
USC Rossier Pullias Center for Higher Education
David Wright
Associate Executive Director for Strategic Planning & Policy Research
Tennessee Higher Education Coordinating Board