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OUR CALIFORNIA: BLUEPRINT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

ENDORSEMENTS

 

Business, civil rights, student, and community leaders, alongside California voters endorse
Our California: A Call to Cation and Blueprint to Increase College Graduates and Keep Our Economy Strong

ENDORSE THE BLUEPRINT

California’s most influential leaders and organizations have come together to call on our next Governor to develop a clear vision for higher education in California. Our next Governor must implement a set of key policies, reforms, and investments to meet a 60 percent college attainment goal and close racial equity gaps.

 

DOLORES HUERTA, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER 

“This blueprint for California Educational Excellence to meet the challenges of the future will fulfill FranklinDelano Roosevelt’s vision that Education is the soul of thenation and the basis for a prosperous, just democracy.”

 

 

 

 THOMAS A. SAENZ, MALDEF
PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL 

“To continue to thrive and lead, California must address and make serious progress in closing equity gaps in college degree completion. Our next governor must make this a top priority — with well-coordinated planning, committed and swift change, and significant progress – or he will fail the future of our great state.”

 

 

DR. LUKE WOODSAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION

“The Our California campaign represents a critical blueprint to guide student success in California’s higher education systems. Most importantly, this campaign prioritizes our most underserved students with the goal of holding our statewide leaders accountable for enhanced degree production, the establishment of plans for measurable progress, and most importantly, a commitment to closing the insidious racial gaps in California student outcomes. The campaign recognizes one central fact, we cannot improve California’s educational system without the voices of education, business, and community presenting a unified front that demands a better future for our state.”

ELISE BUIK, UNITED WAY OF GREATER LOS ANGELES PRESIDENT & CEO

“We know that providing high-quality education and pathways to college, that are affordable with support services, will generate the next educated workforce and beyond. While we can act and invest locally, this can become a reality through statewide action. We are proud to stand behind this collective effort to adopt a new vision for California’s higher education. We urge its consideration by state leadership and stand ready to support its implementation on a local level.”

 

 

ROB C. LAPSLEY, CALIFORNIA BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE PRESIDENT

“California’s future economy demands an educated and highly skilled workforce. To keep California’s competitive edge, 60% of its adults must have a degree or credential, yet today, only fewer than half do. The stakes are high and we can no longer do business as usual. If we want our state to grow jobs, California’s next governor must put forth a bold new vision for higher education, one that invests in key metrics for accountability that expand college access and achieves the 60% degree attainment goal.”

 

EMAN DALILI, FORMER BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEMBER

“Education is the movement from dark to light. There is no greater tool in the arsenal of humanity than the power of education. California understands this, and our California Community Colleges are fully committed to providing the accessibility, affordability, and quality for every student in the Golden State (and beyond). That’s why I’m joining the campaign because I understand that the only way to continue flourishing as a State is with a Governor who puts our education first. California is the home of dreams, and it is vital to our great nation to continue aspiring— and I look forward to a Governor who dreams with us.”

 

CALIFORNIA ORGANIZATION ENDORSERS 

California Association of Latino Community College Trustees & Administrators (CALCCTA)
Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Fulfillment Fund
James Irvine Foundation
Los Amigos of Orange County
NextGen California
San Deigo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees
Student Senate for California Community Colleges
Weingart Foundation

 

CALIFORNIA LEADER ENDORSERS

Maria

Anguiano

Board Member

University of California System Board of Regents

Irma

Archuleta

Co-Founder

Leticia A. Network

Kristen

Beall-Barnes

President & CEO

Kern Community Foundation

Kim

Belshé

Executive Director

First 5 LA

Estela

Bensimon

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

George

Boggs

President & CEO Emeritus

American Association of Community Colleges

Maria

Brenes

Executive Director

InnerCity Struggle

Tony

Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Heart of LA

Elise

Buik

CEO

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Lena

Carew

Executive Director

Students Making A Change (SMAC)

Rev. Samuel

Casey

Executive Director

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.)

Camila

Chavez

Executive Director

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Connie

Conway

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Michelle Asha

Cooper

President

Institute for Higher Education Policy

Gerardo

Correa

Board President

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP)

Oscar

Cruz

President & CEO

Families in Schools

Eman

Dalili

Student Board Member

California Community Colleges Board of Governors

Pam

David

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Cristina

de Jesus

President & CEO

Green Dot Public Schools California

Alison

De Lucca

Executive Director

Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)

Griselda

Delgado

Board President

Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees

Benjamin T.

Duran

Executive Director

Central Valley Higher Education Consortium

Susan

Ellenberg

Board President

San Jose Unified School District

Jeanette

Ellis-Royston

Branch President

NAACP of Pomona Valley

Antonio

Flores

President & CEO

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Yolie

Flores

Chief Program Officer

Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, former member of the L.A. Board of Education

Gina M.

Former

CEO

San Francisco Education Fund

Nadia

Funn

Executive Director

Alliance for a Better Community

Drew

Furedi

President & CEO

Para Los Niños

Sam

Gelinas

Chief Program Officer

LA Promise Fund

Lena

Gonzalez

Councilmember

City of Long Beach

Ron

Gonzalez

President & CEO

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Yvonne

Gonzalez Duncan

California State Director

California LULAC

Paul

Granillo

President & CEO

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Shaun

Harper

Executive Director

USC Race & Equity Center

Anne

Hawthorne

Executive Director

Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation

Pamela

Haynes

Board Member

Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees

Arturo

Hernandez

Board Chair

Ventura Community College District Board of Trustees

Zeke

Hernandez

Board Member

Rancho Santiago Community District Board of Trustees

Alfred

Herrera

Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships

Center for Community College Partnerships, UCLA

Gustavo

Herrera

Director, Western Regional

Young Invincibles

Marianne

Hill

Executive Director

Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Jamie Yee

Hintzke

Trustee

Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees

Dolores

Huerta

Founder & President

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Karen

Humphrey

Former Mayor

City of Fresno

Cassandra H.B.

Jennings

President & CEO

Greater Sacramento Urban League

Felicia

Jones

Associate Director

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.)

Stewart

Kwoh

Executive Director

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles

Robert

Lapsley

President

California Business Roundtable (CBRT)

Bob

Linscheid

CEO

Linscheid Enterprises, Inc.

Ed

Lopez

Board Member

North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees

Sonia

Lopez

Board Member

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees

Bill

Lucia

President

EdVoice

Domenika

Lynch

President & CEO

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

James P.

Mayer

President & CEO

California Forward (CA FWD)

William

McGinnis

Board Member

Butte-Glenn Community College District Board of Trustees

Jose

Moreno

Mayor Pro Tem & Councilmember

City of Anaheim

Janet

Murguía

President & CEO

UnidosUS

Kindred

Murillo

President

Southwestern College

Felix W.

Ortiz III

CEO

Viridis Learning

Rory

O’Sullivan

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Vincent

Pan

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Eva

Paterson

President & Co-Founder

Equal Justice Society

Mari

Perez-Dowling

Interim President & CEO

United Way of Kern County

Jose

Quiñones

Founder & CEO

Mission Asset Fund

Alberto

Retana

President & CEO

Community Coalition

Darline P.

Robles

Professor of Clinical Education

USC Rossier School of Education

Francisco

Rodriguez

Chancellor

Los Angeles Community College District

Irma

Rodriguez-Moisa

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Frederick

Ruiz

Chairman of the Board

Ruiz Food Products, Inc.

Catalina

Ruiz-Healy

CEO

GradGuru

Thomas A.

Saenz

President & General Counsel

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF)

Maria

Salinas

President & CEO

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Luis

Santana

Executive Director

Reading and Beyond

Deborah

Santiago

CEO

Excelencia in Education

Araceli

Simeon

Project Director

Parent Organization Network

Renata

Simril

President & CEO

LA84 Foundation

Lisa

Smith

Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Ryan

Smith

Executive Director

The Education Trust – West

Joan

Sullivan

CEO

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Sheila

Thornton

President & CEO

OneFuture Coachella Valley

William

Tierney

Co-Director

USC Pullias Center for Higher Education

Helen Iris

Torres

Executive Director

Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE)

David

Valladolid

President & CEO Emeritus

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)

Nora

Vargas

Board Member

Southwestern Community College District Board of Trustees

Dina

Walker

President & CEO

BLU Educational Foundation

Debra

Watkins

Founder & Executive Director

A Black Education Network (ABEN)

David

Wolf

Co-Founder & Board Member

Campaign for College Opportunity

Luke

Wood

Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education

San Diego State University