Van Ton-Quinlivan is Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development of California’s Community Colleges. This Division administers state and federal funding applied to the career education mission across the system’s 112 community colleges. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2011, her leadership focus is on Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy.
Ton-Quinlivan came to this position as a recognized thought leader in the energy and utility industry on the issue of workforce development. While Director of Workforce Development at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Ton-Quinlivan architected PowerPathway™, a nationally recognized best practice model program in workforce development. PowerPathway demonstrated the type of collaboration between industry, the public workforce system, education, and organized labor that effectively transitions military veterans and members of underserved communities into energy sector jobs.
Ton-Quinlivan was one of ten industry leaders invited to inform the Education and Training Subcommittee of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) on the workforce needs of industry, among five corporate leaders invited to attend the first-ever White House Community College Summit, and participated in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative-America.
Ton-Quinlivan is on the boards of the National Skills Coalition and the Campaign for College Opportunities, serves on the Corporate Voices for Working Families’ Community College Advisory Board, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum. In addition, she represents the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office on the California Workforce Investment Board and California Apprenticeship Council.
To stay current on what the California Community Colleges system is doing to prepare students for the workforce, follow Vice Chancellor Ton-Quinlivan on Twitter: @WorkforceVan.
Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor
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