Dr. Estela Mara Bensimon
is a professor of higher education at the USC Rossier School of Education and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Education (CUE), which she founded  in 1999. To increase equity in higher education outcomes for students of color, she developed the Equity Scorecard process, which uses inquiry to drive changes in institutional practice and culture. CUE develops tools and processes that empower faculty and administrators as “researchers” into their own practices, with the goal of shifts on those campuses towards cultures of inclusion and broad ownership over racial equity.
 
She is the Principal Investigator of Equity in Excellence in Colorado and Principal Investigator for the Equity Scorecard Initiative in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, and in 2007, received a grant to organize a series of institutes on the use of critical research methods for over 100 young scholars of equity in higher education.
Dr. Bensimon has published extensively about equity, organizational learning, practitioner inquiry and change, including a co-edited book Confronting Equity Issues on Campus: Implementing the Equity Scorecard in Theory and Practice.  She is also the co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Race and Equity, a special issue of the Review of Higher Education.  Dr. Bensimon has held the highest leadership positions in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (President, 2005-2006) and in the American Education Research Association, Division on Postsecondary Education (Vice-President, 1992-1994). She has served on the boards of the American Association for Higher Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is the current Chair of AERA’s Social Justice and Action Committee. She has received many awards of distinction for her achievements.
 
Dr. Bensimon was associate dean of the USC Rossier School of Education from 1996-2000 and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico in 2002. She earned her doctorate in higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
 
 
Dr. Eva Conrad began her career in California community colleges as an adjunct faculty member.  In 1975 – 1976, her first year after earning her doctorate, she taught part-time at San Bernardino Valley College, UC Riverside and CSU San Bernardino.  She then became a full-time faculty in the Psychology Department at San Bernardino Valley College and served in that role from 1976 – 1992.  Dr. Conrad then moved into administration, serving as a Management Intern from 1992 - 1994 and Vice President of Instruction from 1994 – 1997.  Her experience led her to a position as Executive Vice President of Student Learning at Moorpark College from 1997 – 2002, and then President of Moorpark College from 2002 – 2008. 
During her career, in addition to local boards, she served on a number of state boards, including representing her region on the CIO Executive Board and chairing the Commission on Athletics for four years.  She was the accreditation liaison officer at both San Bernardino Valley and Moorpark College, served as a member on four accreditation teams, and chaired seven accreditation teams.
 
She currently works as a consultant assisting colleges in resolving accreditation issues, facilitating master plans, and leading executive searches. She has worked in this capacity for Modesto Junior College, College of Marin, Allan Hancock College, the College of Western Idaho, MiraCosta College, Cuesta College, and College of the Sequoias, to name a few.
 
 
Dr. Ryan Cornner is Vice Chancellor of Educational Programs and Institutional Effectiveness. In this role, he oversees District-wide elements of curriculum, attendance accounting, research, accreditation, and the development of the District Strategic Plan. Dr. Cornner previously served as the Associate Vice President of Strategic Planning and Innovation at Pasadena City College where he oversaw the development and implementation of the college educational, technology and facilities plans, external and legislative affairs and grant development. Dr. Cornner also has diverse experience in faculty and administrative roles in the Los Angeles Community College District, having served as Associate Dean of Research and Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at East Los Angeles College, where he guided the college to develop an integrated planning model and sought to improve the use of data in decision-making and in addressing gaps in equity. He was also a prior adjunct psychology instructor at East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Pierce College.
 
In 2011, Dr. Cornner began teaching at USC Rossier School of Education in the Educational Counseling Program. He has had the privilege to engage five cohorts of Educational Counseling students in courses focused on ethics in high education and the community college system. 
 
Dr. Cornner completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of California San Diego, Masters in Social Work from USC and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at USC's Rossier School of Education.
 
Dr. Craig Hayward is an educational researcher, embedded in the California Community College system through his work at Irvine Valley College as the Director of Research, Planning and Accreditation. As a Senior Consulting Researcher for the RP Group for California Community Colleges, Hayward has been a visionary leader on a number of significant statewide initiatives including the development of the Student Success Scorecard (2012), the Basic Skills Cohort Progress Tracker (2011), and the Transfer Velocity Cohort Report (2010), all of which are available to the public on the Chancellor’s Office Data Mart. 
His published work on the Transfer Velocity Project (2011) surfaced a student’s movement along a pathway over time toward a goal. This concept of transfer velocity provided him with a key insight into how the structure of course sequences has a tremendous and not always obvious impact on student success. This insight was further reinforced by his award-winning work evaluating the impact of accelerated English and Math pathways, where he posited the importance of understanding a new measure of student progress and institutional effectiveness – the throughput rate.
 
His current work with the Multiple Measures Assessment Project (MMAP) research team and the AACC Pathways Project builds on his previous work to show that properly valuing high school transcript data can markedly improve placement accuracy, decrease student time in remediation, and improve overall institutional throughput rates.
 
Hayward received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University as well as a Master’s degree in Social Ecology and a PhD in Human Development from the University of California, Irvine.
 
 
Dr. Jerome Hunter is Retired Chancellor of North Orange County Community College District. (Ed.D in Higher Education, University of Southern California; M.A. in Urban Studies, Occidental College, B.A. Political Science, UC Riverside, A.A in Liberal Arts from Santa Ana College)
 
Dr. Hunter began his career in education during the 1970’s as a part-time-teacher and classified employee at Santa Ana College. Over the next 38 years, he served in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Dean of Humanities of Santa Ana College, Dean of the Garden Grove Campus, Administrative Dean of Continuing Education at Rancho Santiago Community College District, President of San Diego Miramar College, President of San Diego City College, and Chancellor of the North Orange County Community College District.
 
Since retiring as an active Community College Administrator, Dr. Hunter has served as Distinguished Lecturer in The College of Education at Cal State University Fullerton. In that position he taught a variety of courses including Organizational Leadership, Introduction to the Community College and Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Leadership. He provides consultant services in the areas of board-chief executive officer relations, team building, understanding the uniqueness of and constituent roles in the California Community Colleges and resolving conflict and improving communication between management and bargaining units. As a member of the Community College
 
League of California Advisory Committee on Educational Services, Dr. Hunter was involved in creating and presenting development workshops for Community College Board Members and Chief Executive Officers. He currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustee for Marshall B. Ketchum University.
 
 
Craig Justice is Vice President for Instruction at Irvine Valley College in Irvine, California, one of two colleges in the South Orange County Community College District, where he has been the Chief Instructional Officer since July, 2007.  Prior to coming to Irvine Valley College, he was at Chaffey College for 33 years serving as a faculty member in economics and leadership positions for 27 years and administration as Dean of Special Programs (Instruction) for 6 years.  He has served on numerous committees and task forces and was instrumental in creating curriculum and programs for CalWorks students, basic skills students, and student success centers.  His degrees and training are in economics and today he specializes in enrollment management, facilities planning, and Career Technical Education/Economic Workforce Development.  He is Past President, California Community Colleges Chief Instructional Officers (CCCCIO) organization.
 
 
Dr. Terri Manning received her doctorate in Higher Education with an emphasis in Health Behavior from Oklahoma State University in 1990.  She is the Associate Vice President and Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology and Research Services and CEO of the Center for Applied Research at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).  She has been at CPCC since 1998.  Before that she was fulltime graduate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 7 ½ years where she taught research methods, program planning and evaluation and assessment at the graduate level.  She is an institutional effectiveness consultant, hosts an annual institute on best practices in institutional effectiveness and serves on offsite and onsite visiting teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  She is currently serving as a Data Coach for the national Achieving the Dream initiative where she works with 14 colleges in Massachusetts, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, California, New York, Texas and Florida.
 
As founder and CEO of the Center for Applied Research, one of two self-supporting research centers  housed in a community college, she delivers consulting and training, and conducts research and evaluation studies relating to student success, costs in higher education, and program evaluation for federal grants. The Center has applied research and evaluation projects that have been funded by the US Department of Education, Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation and the John T. Gorman Foundation.
 
 
Jorge Mata, is Chief Information Officer for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), having served in the District since 1989 with a career start at Los Angeles Valley College, one of nine colleges in the LACCD.
Jorge is recognized for innovation in disruptive technology that maximizes value for his organization. The LACCD is currently in the middle of a $6 billion capital construction program.   In addition to all the operational and strategic initiatives in security, infrastructure and applications development, Jorge is leading a large group of IT professionals in standards development and IT procurement to support and leverage the capital construction program.  Jorge also serves on the California state-wide Systems Architecture Committee, Foundation for California Community Colleges CollegeBuys Subcommittee for Technology, the Campus Technology Advisory Board, and is a mentor for the California Chief Information Systems Officers Association CISO Certification program.
 
Jorge is experienced for all aspects of technology at both the college campus and district-wide level and has held the titles of micro-computer specialist, computer network specialist, Senior computer network specialist, and Manager of College Information Systems.  
Jorge continues to emphasize the role of IT in supporting and achieving the core mission of his institution - Student Success.  He is passionate about the role of community colleges in helping students reach their goals and the value that IT can provide in that process.
 
Jorge attended East Los Angeles Community College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix Online and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the College of Business and Economics at California State University in Los Angeles.
 
 
Dr. John Nixon retired as President of Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) in 2011. As an Achieving The Dream Leadership Coach, Dr. Nixon works with Los Angeles Harbor, Pierce, and East Colleges, College of Southern Nevada, Kern District's Bakersfield, Portervillle, and Cerro Coso Colleges, Big Bend College, and Modesto Junior College. In addition, he works with Los Angeles East, Harbor and Southwest Colleges in the ATD sponsored program, Working Families Success Network.
 
Prior to his role with Achieving the Dream, Dr. Nixon served as President of Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC), California’s largest single-campus community college, serving over 60,000 students annually and with over 2,200 full and part-time faculty. Dr. Nixon started his tenure at Mt. San Antonio College in 2004 as Vice President of Academic Affairs.  He became President of Mt. SAC in 2006 and immediately began expanding relationships and partnerships with local government, business, community, nonprofit, and educational organizations and leaders.
A 40-year veteran in education, Dr. Nixon previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Santa Ana College for 12 years, for a year as Santa Ana’s Interim President in 1998-99, as Associate Dean of Humanities, and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education.
Involved in community affairs, Dr. Nixon has served on the board of directors for the Orange County Community Health Care Clinics, the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Orange County Marine Institute. In addition, he has held statewide leadership roles, including co-chair of the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum, the statewide Basic Skills Advisory Committee, as President of the California Community College Chief Instructional Officers Association, as a Board member for the Chief Executive Officers for the California Community Colleges, and as a Commissioner with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC-WASC), for which he was a consultant from 2011 to 2015, following his retirement and term as a Commissioner.
 
Dr. Nixon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in English from University of Southern California.
 
 
James D. O’Reilly, as Los Angeles Community College District’s (LACCD) Chief Facilities Executive, is responsible for execution of the Districts $6.2B bond-funded construction program which seeks to modernize and renovate the District’s capital facilities located at its nine college campuses and satellite facilities covering over 882 square miles and 40 cities in Los Angeles.
Jim has successfully led a critical reform of the LACCD Bond Program, now in its 14th year,, with the program now utilizing new delivery methods such as lease-lease back, implemented a new staff augmentation model filling approximately 150 positions in 4 months, put in place a new suite of standard operating procedures, applied new cost and schedule control systems and formal risk and quality management systems, just to name a few. With this reform, Jim set a solid platform to deliver the remaining 160 projects with the $3B remaining in funds. Jim’s ongoing success is validated by the number of successful year round audits that occur.
Before joining LACCD, Jim was the director of new construction for LAUSD on its $28-billion construction program. He also was the construction director for the $100-billion City Building Program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that included the complete construction of 11 cities across the kingdom. During his tenure there, Jim was instrumental in developing the Minister of Education’s $18-billion annual construction program.
 
A native of Detroit, Mich., Jim attended Eastern Michigan University where he received his Masters in Construction Management with an additional focus on political science and international relations. He also studied at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where he took courses on international trade and commerce.
 
 
Dr. Bob Pacheco is the Assessment Chair of the Research and Planning Group and an educational evaluator. As Assessment Chair of the RP Group, Pacheco serves as a member of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Task Force on the accountability scorecard, moderates a national learning outcomes assessment listserv, and serves as a contributing author on assessment in the monthly journal, Perspectives. Previously, Pacheco has served as a Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Liaison Officer at sites, leading accreditation and integrated and strategic planning efforts.  In addition, Bob is a Board Member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) and serves on the advisory board to the National Community College Benchmarking Project (NCCBP).  He is the convener of the Academic Planning Academy for the Society of College and University Planning.  He has presented on assessment and accreditation topics with the staff of the WASC Senior College and University Commission and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. 
 
Dr. Pacheco has mentored over 40 institutions in their development and implementation of institutional-wide assessment practices and the use of results to innovate in teaching and learning. As a tenured faculty member, he was an academic senator, curriculum and matriculation committee member, and served on the California Statewide Academic Senate Committee on Student Learning Outcomes and Accreditation. Pacheco is also active as an adjunct instructor at California State University, Fullerton, teaching a graduate course in research and forecasting and assisting doctoral candidates in the completion of their dissertation defenses.
 
 
Keith S. Parker currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor – Government & Community Relations at UCLA.  He has been in this position since November 1998, with responsibilities for managing UCLA’s interface with elected officials namely, 22 members of Congress, 35 members of the California Legislature and 20 members of the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  Additionally, Government & Community Relations (G&CR) is responsible for building positive relationships with community leaders and organizations throughout Greater Los Angeles, as a part of Chancellor Gene Block’s campus initiative to increase UCLA’s civic engagement.  As a member of the UCLA External Affairs management team, Keith provides leadership of the campus’ advocacy efforts along with colleagues from Development, Alumni Relations and University Communications.
 
Mr. Parker has been at UCLA since 1981, having served as the campus Staff Affirmative Action Officer and the Executive Officer for the Administrative Services division of the campus (includes Staff Affirmative Action, Campus Human Resources, UCLA Police Department, Environment, Health & Safety, Facilities Management, Communications Technology Services, Administrative Information Systems and Academic Technology Services).
 
Mr. Parker serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Business Council, Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Women Owned Businesses, Jackie Robinson Foundation’s Los
Angeles Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to UCLA, Keith worked in staff development training at the Minnesota Department of Education and as an Instructor in the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.  Keith is a graduate of Indiana University.
 
 
Leslie Pollner is a senior policy advisor for the law firm Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group. Ms. Pollner focuses on several key industries, including transportation, economic development and housing. Her extensive experience in government at both the federal and local level allows her to help clients develop innovative solutions and advocacy strategies to achieve results.
 
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Pollner was the deputy mayor for federal affairs in Los Angeles under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. She led the city of Los Angeles' office in Washington, D.C., directed its federal advocacy efforts, and managed lobbying teams at the Los Angeles port, airport and public utilities commissions. Ms. Pollner was also the principal liaison with the U.S. Conference of Mayors while Mayor Villaraigosa was the president of the organization and worked with mayors across the country on key issues, including building a coalition to support the transportation reauthorization bill.
 
Prior to that, Ms. Pollner was a two-time chief of staff for U.S. Reps. Suzanne Kosmas and Tim Mahoney, both of Florida. She has also worked in public affairs consulting and crisis communications support for Fortune 500 companies and helped develop communications strategies for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, concentrating on the nonprofit's education investments.
 
 
Dr. Narcisa A. Polonio is the Executive Vice President of Education, Research & Board Leadership Services at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Dr. Polonio is a leading authorities on community college governance and presidential leadership. She has facilitated over 300 board retreats and presidential searches. She provides direction for ACCT’s annual Leadership Congress, publications, research projects and leadership services including their Retreat Service; Executive Search Service; the Governance Leadership Institute; and New & Experienced Trustees Institutes.
Dr. Polonio directs The Trustees for Student Success initiative, which seeks to increase the engagement of community college trustees and governing boards in the student success movement. This initiative includes the nationally acclaimed Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS), in partnership with the University of Texas, Austin, enabling trustees and presidents to learn and share methodologies to propel actions toward student success and completion. She also provides leadership to the Trustee Education Webinar Series, Community College Governance Recognition Program, and Completion Symposia.
Dr. Polonio previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for Replication and Program Strategies, Inc. (RPS) in Philadelphia, PA, president of Harcum College (PA) and Hudson County Community College (NJ), and Director of the Office of Community Colleges, New Jersey Department of Higher Education and for seven years as a faculty member for the Institute for Educational Management, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. She has an extensive list of publications and speaks on issues regarding governance, leadership, and diversity.
Dr. Polonio attended Foothill Community College, CA and holds a BA in History from San Jose State University (CA), an MA from Stanford University (CA), an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
 
Dr. Francisco Rodriguez began his tenure as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District on June 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment as head of the nation’s largest community college district, Dr. Rodriguez served as superintendent/president at MiraCosta Community College District (Oceanside, CA) for five years and president at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, CA) for six years.
 
Dr. Rodriguez serves on national panels, including as incoming chair for the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, the board of directors of the National Endowment for Financial Education, and the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academy of Sciences. Statewide, Dr. Rodriguez serves on the Community College League of California’s Advisory Committee on Legislation; the executive board of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators Association; as a mentor for the Association of California Community College Administrators; and the advisory board for the School of Education for the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rodriguez also served on the UC Davis Foundation Board and is the past president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, UC Davis. He serves as a lecturer in the doctoral education programs at Sacramento State University and at San Diego State University.
While at the MiraCosta Community College District, student enrollment grew by 27 percent and student success improved, the number of student-veterans served doubled, and the college foundation raised over $5 million in private dollars and over $15 million in public grants.
 
Dr. Rodriguez earned a bachelor of arts in Chicano Studies with an emphasis in education and a master of science in Community Development, both from the University of California-Davis. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Oregon State University.
 
 
Dr. Albert J. Román, is Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), one of the largest community college districts in the nation. His experience spans directing human resources divisions for community colleges and K-12 school districts. In his various roles, Dr. Román developed sound human resources programs for educational organizations to provide high-quality services, and consulted for a variety of public organizations in performance management, conflict resolution, strategic planning, labor relations, recruitment, classification and leadership development. In addition to public sector agencies, Dr. Román has supported non-profit organizations to create and sustain efficient human resources systems.
 
Dr. Román previously worked for the Federal Government and the California State Senate, and served as a consultant to the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement. In addition to his governmental experience, other leadership capacities include Director of Human Resources, Human Resources Officer and Assistant Superintendent, with a role as Chief Negotiator for several school districts and community colleges. Dr. Román was also Senior Partner of AR Strategic Solutions, a consulting firm that supports educational organizations in all areas of human resources. Prior to LACCD, he served as Vice President of Human Resources for Southwestern Community College in San Diego County.
 
Dr. Román has presented at state conferences on a variety of human resources topics, but his areas of specialty include labor and employee relations, recruitment and retention, classification and compensation, evaluations, HR management and leadership development.
 
Dr. Román holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.
 
 
Dr. Linda P. Rose is a full-time Adjunct Professor in the Educational Leadership Program (ELP) in the Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and also Co-Director of the ELP.  Her Ph.D. in Education is from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In the ELP, she teaches Action Research, Dissertation Proposal Writing and a Practicum on the Dissertation (Culminating Project) and topics in Educational Leadership. 
 
Her presentations at national conferences focused on assessing action research courses, using problem based learning in leadership education, doctoral cohorts, and developing collaborative leadership.  She conducted a workshop on problem based learning and team collaboration for the University of Barcelona and a series of workshops for a leadership group based in the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District.  Her case studies have appeared in the UCEA Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.  Her professional experiences have included stints teaching in a community college and directing university-based educational programs.
 
 
Robert Schwartz is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles City College (LACC) Foundation, responsible for oversight and funding of student scholarships, textbook awards, emergency loans, stipends, and assisting in a financial and advisory capacity. Mr. Schwartz oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s activities, including all private foundation and corporate based grants, campus scholarship programs, and several highly successful commercial ventures. Under his leadership, the Foundation’s endowment has grown from $4.1 million to $9 million; net assets have grown from $5.4 million to $10.1 million; strategic outreach has yielded a Board of Directors’ growth from 16 to 24 voting members since 2011; the college received gifts for the LACC Theatre Academy, Cinema/TV Department, and Music Academy that are each the largest ever received by each program; the Foundation funded start-up of a STEM Academy and a study abroad program for the Foreign Language Department; established student internships in the entertainment and legal communities; initiated the inaugural President’s Scholars full scholarship for exemplary incoming high school students; spearheaded District-wide financial support for students who are military veterans; and launch of a comprehensive alumni program that has yielded a database of over 600,000 alumni. The Foundation administers more than 130 scholarship programs and 21 grants, including the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
 
Mr. Schwartz came to the Foundation with a wealth of management experience as an executive in the entertainment industry, as well as prior service as a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors for Stephen S. Wise Temple and is currently the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Network for California Community College Foundations.
 
Schwartz is a graduate of George Washington University and New York Law School.
 
 
Dr. Jack Scott became a Scholar-in-Residence at Claremont Graduate University in 2012.  In this role he presents lectures, conducts workshops, consults on curriculum and program matters, and co-teaches a class on community college leadership.  Prior to this role, Scott was the 14th Chancellor of the California Community Colleges (2009-2012), the nation’s largest system of higher educatiaon.  While there he led the 112 colleges through sweeping changes.  His legacy includes his work on the Associate Degree for Transfer program and the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force.  The transfer program established a clear link between community colleges and the California State University system, guaranteeing that students who follow a designated pathway of an associate degree are given enrollment priority and junior standing at a California State University.  The Student Success Task Force spent a year creating a list of 22 recommendations that Scott helped craft and champion, to rebalance priorities to focus colleges on the core missions of workforce preparation, certificate and degree attainment, and transfer to four-year universities.  The package was adopted without a dissenting vote.
Scott had a distinguished legislative career, serving in the California State Assembly (1996-2000) and on their Education and Higher Education Committees, and the California State Senate (2000-2008) where he chaired the Education Committee.  He authored Senate Bill 361, a landmark community college financing bill, and worked to pass Senate Bill 70, a measure that strengthens career technical education among public schools, community colleges, and the business sector.
Prior to the state legislature, Scott was President of Pasadena City College (1987-95), a teacher and administrator at Pepperdine University for 10 years before he became Dean of Instruction at Orange Coast College in 1973.  Five years later he became President of Cypress College where he served for nine years (1978-87).
Scott has received numerous awards and honors to include the National Leadership Award from the American Association of Community Colleges and the Presidential Medal by the University of California.
Scott received his Bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University, Master of Divinity from Yale University, and Ph.D. in American History from Claremont Graduate University.
 
Vincent W. Stewart, as Vice Chancellor for External Relations, oversees the Governmental Relations Division of the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges, the nation’s largest system of higher education with more than 2.1 million students on 113 campuses. He manages state and federal governmental relations, as well as strategic partnerships with philanthropic organizations. Stewart represents both the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Chancellor's Office before the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government. He is responsible for formulating and advancing the system’s legislative agenda and serves as a senior advisor to the Chancellor, as well as a member of the executive management team of the Chancellor’s Office.
 
Stewart came to the Chancellor’s Office from The James Irvine Foundation, where he served as a Senior Program Officer with the Youth Program and managed a grant portfolio in excess of $13 million that focused on the alignment of secondary and postsecondary education, focused on preparing all students – low-income students in particular – for both college and careers.
Stewart also served as the Associate Director of Institutional Relations with the University of California, Office of the President where he managed the university’s statewide advocacy efforts. He served in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration as the Assistant Secretary for Higher Education, served as Director of Federal Government Relations for University of California, Davis, as a legislative advocate for the University of California’s system-wide office of State Governmental Relations, and as a state and federal government relations representative for the California School Boards Association.
 
Stewart is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in economics and political science.
 
 
Dr. Karen A. Stout is President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., the nation’s most comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success.
The former President of Montgomery County Community College (PA) for 14 years, Dr. Stout is a member of the President’s Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University Teacher’s College and served as Chair from 2008-2015. She is a Commissioner and Executive Committee member with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and a past member of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors (2011-2014).  Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission’s Implementation Steering Committee to develop a framework for the redesign of America’s community colleges.
 
Under Dr. Stout’s leadership, Montgomery County Community College was recognized nationally for its work in student success, receiving Achieving the Dream’s 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award for significant institutional improvement supporting student achievement. The College is one of seven institutions in the country named to the Next Generation Learning Challenges Breakthrough Models Incubator national grant program.  Through the program, MCCC improves first-time students’ understanding of financial, civic, and digital literacies. Dr. Stout led the development and implementation of three strategic plans and two facilities master plans that led to a campus expansion, a near re-making of a campus, a new Virtual Campus, a Culinary Arts Institute, new occupational and transfer programs, strong relationships with community partners and new relationships with school districts and colleges and universities.
 
Before joining Montgomery County Community College, Dr. Stout served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Enrollment Services at Camden County College and as the CEO of Rohrer Campus in New Jersey, plus positions at two community colleges in Maryland.
Dr. Stout is a frequent national presenter, author on topics ranging from leadership to strategic planning to fundraising to using data to support continuous improvement, and recipient of numerous awards and honors. 
 
Dr. Stout holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Delaware.
 
 
Daniel Villanueva is Vice President of Administrative Services for Los Angeles Mission College.  He has been a senior‐level executive with more than 20 years of extensive experience in administration, finance, budget, procurement, risk analysis, community relations and management. He has proven ability to strategize and implement long-range budget; fiscal, administrative and procurement planning; and oversight of daily operations of business services in a public education setting. This is a result of his strong qualifications in management; budget and planning; accreditation; and shared governance, through the ongoing consultative process.
 
The last 16 years he has worked with California Community Colleges and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. He also has vast accreditation experience as co-chair of the Accreditation Steering Committee and as Accreditation Liaison Officer for Los Angeles Mission College. Additionally, Mr. Villanueva is an Adjunct Faculty in his college, teaching Finance and at California State University Northridge in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Mr. Villanueva has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Administration from University of Redlands and a dual Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of La Verne in Business Administration and Information Technology Management. 
 
Dr. James “Jim” Walker retired in 2003 after 44 years in education.
He in the Managing Partner for Community College Search Services (CCSS), conducting presidential searches for governing boards and performing other consulting services.
Walker teaches a course titled “Higher Education Law” in the doctoral program at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and a course on “Community College Leadership” at Loyola Marymount University.  He currently serves on the President’s Policy and Planning Committee at California State University Channel Islands; Graduate School of Education Advisory Committee, California Lutheran University; and Center for Catholic Education Advisory Committee, Loyola Marymount University.
 
During his last 11 years in education Walker was the President of Moorpark College for 10 years and Interim Chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District for two, one year terms. Prior to this he served as Vice President for Instruction and Student Services at College of the Canyons and Dean of Mathematics and Sciences at El Camino College. Walker taught mathematics full time for 18 years prior to becoming an administrator.
 
Walker has degrees from Loyola University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Southern California.
 
 
Dr. Pamela D. Walker serves as Vice Chancellor for Educational Services at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and leads the divisions of Academic Affairs, Student Services and Workforce and Economic Development.
 
Dr. Walker is a highly regarded educational leader with experience as a faculty member and administrator in the K-12 system, multiple four-year university systems and in the California Community Colleges. She came to the Chancellor’s Office from American River College after spending 12 years in positions as the dean of science and allied health, associate vice president for instruction, vice president for student services and interim president. At Cerritos College, she was the dean of heath, physical education, recreation, athletics and dance and interim dean of admissions and records. She also held the position of associate commissioner for the California Community College Athletic Association. Prior to her tenure in the California Community Colleges system, Walker worked at both public and private colleges and universities
 
Walker is a tireless advocate for programs of distinction to better serve students. She is passionate about mentoring and has taught graduate classes and served on numerous dissertation committees.
 
Dr. Walker received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon State University in LaGrande, master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
 
 
L. Therese White has been a Professional Mediator and Organizational Conflict Consultant since 1992. Her specialty is in rescuing emotionally charged, diversity-impacted employment disputes, most of which involved diversity-related claims of race/color, gender, ADA, age or religious discrimination, as well as the associated claims of harassment, hostile workplace, and wrongful termination.
 
White has trained hundreds of attorneys, and corporate, educational, and community leaders, and their staffs in the mediation process, the value of workplace diversity and inclusion, and the management of workplace conflict. She has also facilitated numerous workplace and community disputes. Some of her most recent assignments include the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Police Department/Office of Omsbud, and The Institute For Non-Violence in Los Angeles/Days of Dialogue On The Future of Policing. She also taught “Mediating Claims Under the Americans with Disabilities Act” for the University of California at Riverside/School of Continuing Education.
 
White is a member of several area organizational mediation panels and earned dispute resolution and mediation certificates from various legal and community based organizations.  She is a past board member of the Southern California Mediation Association, Mediation and Conflict Resolution Program, California State University, Northridge Advisory Board, Professionals in Human Resources Association, and member of Adult Resolution and Mediation Services/ARMS for elder care.  She is published in The American Arbitration Association Handbook On Mediation and The Advocate, Journal Of Consumer Attorneys Association For Southern California.
 
White has a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from University of Redlands.
 
 
Darroch "Rocky" Young retired as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District in 2007. In his retirement, he is currently working as the Chief Consultant for the Collegiate Brain Trust (CBT), a subdivision of McCallum Group, Inc and recently authored “A Walk Through Leadership”. In addition to speaking engagements, he has consulted on strategic planning for numerous colleges including Oakland Community College in Michigan, College of Western Idaho, West Valley-Mission Community College District (CA), Contra Costa Community College District, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, Rancho Santiago Community College District (CA), MiraCosta College (CA) and Citrus College (CA). Rocky has run the Community College League of California’s New CEO Workshop for eight consecutive years and the annual Vineyard Symposium (for experienced CEOs) in Napa Valley.
As Chancellor, Rocky initiated the first formal Comprehensive Strategic Planning effort in the District’s history; launched a major Student Success Initiative targeting student graduation, transfer, and job placement rates; initiated an aggressive district-wide marketing campaign and revamped enrollment management programs.
 
Prior to being Chancellor, Rocky Young became President of Pierce College in 1999. Under his leadership, the college increased its enrollment by 51% in less than 3 years, making it one of the fastest growing community colleges in California; installed a Master Plan with extensive community involvement; created a new 15-week semester plan that has become the most copied academic calendar in California; and reversed years of financial difficulties to create healthy
financial reserves. Prior to Pierce College, Rocky Young served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Vice President of Planning and Development at Santa Monica College where he created the concept for their Academy of Entertainment and Technology and its approval by the Board of Governors as an educational center; created the UCLA Transfer Alliance Program; developed a high school dual enrollment program; created their first Master Plans for Education, Technology, and Comprehensive Facilities.
 
He has received numerous state and national awards for his achievements.