Take A Lunch Break Speaker Series

Our Take A Lunch Break speaker series is an opportunity to get to know newly appointed and elected leaders in California higher education. These lunch hour conversations are opportunities for students, college advocates, college leaders, and other higher education stakeholders to connect with these key figures, learn more about their roles, and learn more about their visions for higher education in the state.

Upcoming Lunch Break Events

Take a Lunch Break with Angel Rodriguez


Join the Campaign for College Opportunity on August 3rd at noon for a Lunch Break with Angel Rodriguez, newly appointed Commissioner of the California Student Aid Commission. Learn more about Angel and his vision for higher education and financial aid in the state.

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Past Lunch Break Events

Take a Lunch Break with Joseph Williams


We sat down for a Lunch Break with Joseph Williams, a newly appointed member of the California Community College Board of Governors. We enjoyed getting to know him better and talking to him about his priorities as a new member of the Board of Governors.

Take a Lunch Break with Steve Ngo


The Campaign for College Opportunity had the opportunity to host Steve Ngo, newly appointed Commissioner of the California Student Aid Commission. We learned more about Steve’s involvement in higher education, his personal higher education story, and more.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz


In December, we had a conversation with Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, recently appointed Chancellor of UC Merced. We learned about his impressive track record leading higher education institutions, the impact of a college education, and his vision for higher education.

Take a Lunch Break with Diego Arambula


On June 8th, we had the opportunity to get to know Diego Arambula, newly appointed Trustee of the California State University. We learned about his priorities for higher education and the CSU, more about his background as a Central Valley native, and more.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Lande Ajose


On July 7th, Dr. Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, joined us for a Lunch Break. We had the chance to learn more about her and her role, the state budget, the Governor’s vision for higher education, and the state’s roadmap to an equitable recovery from COVID-19.

Take a Lunch Break with Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval


On July 21st, we took a Lunch Break with Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, recently appointed President of Fresno State University to learn more about him and his priorities for higher education as he takes on this critical role in the California State University system.

Thank you to UC Merced for their generosity and for their support of our events.

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