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Van Ton-Quinlivan was named a 'White House Champion of Change' in her capacity as 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), she 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 informed the Education and Training Subcommittee of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB) on the workforce needs of industry and amongst the few corporate leaders who attended the first White House Community College Summit. She spoke at the inaugural US-Canada-European Commission Trilateral Roundtable on the topic of the Employment Dimension of the Transition to a Green Economy and participated in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative-America on the topic of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs."

Ton-Quinlivan is on the boards of the National Skills Coalition and the California Council on Science and Technology, plays a leadership role with the California Economic Summit, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. In addition, she represents the California Community College 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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