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Board of Governors Members

Cecilia V. Estolano
President
Appointment: 2017-2023
Residence: Pasadena
Cecilia V. Estolano is an expert in sustainable economic development and urban revitalization.  She is co-founder of Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors (ELP Advisors) which provides consulting services to public agencies, foundations, business associations and other stakeholders seeking to grow thriving, healthy and vibrant communities. Ms. Estolano previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA/LA).  
Under Ms. Estolano’s tenure, CRA/LA was the largest redevelopment agency in California, with an annual budget of over $726 million and a work program covering 32 project areas.  Ms. Estolano redefined the role of CRA/LA, rebuilt its housing department, shepherded CRA/LA’s adoption of landmark policies on local hiring in construction jobs and the promotion of Healthy Neighborhoods, and created a $42 million Land Acquisition Fund to jumpstart development in underserved markets like South Los Angeles.  Ms. Estolano conceived of Los Angeles’ CleanTech Corridor and was an early driver behind the creation of Clean Tech Los Angeles and the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator.  
Prior to joining CRA/LA, Ms. Estolano was Of Counsel in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  She represented developer, private equity fund and lender clients in land use, zoning, redevelopment, environmental, real estate, energy and telecommunications matters.
Ms. Estolano’s career includes service on the California Coastal Commission, as a Special Assistant Los Angeles City Attorney, as a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as Environmental Policy Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.  
Ms. Estolano is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law and holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.  She received her undergraduate degree in Social Studies with honors from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges.  Ms. Estolano is a former Regents Lecturer at UCLA and the former Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning at the School of Law and College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught courses in urban planning and sustainable economic development. Ms. Estolano also sits on the Board of Directors of Manufacturing Renaissance, the National Employment Law Project, and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy.

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Tom Epstein
Vice President
Appointment: 2014-2020
Residence: Orinda
Tom Epstein recently retired after 15 years as vice president of public affairs of Blue Shield of California, where he led government relations, corporate communications, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Epstein was vice president of communications for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and served in the Clinton White House as a special assistant to the president for political affairs. Previously, he was deputy commissioner of the California Department of Insurance. Mr. Epstein earned a J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Coalition for Clean Air and is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Hildegarde Aguinaldo
Appointment: 2018-2023
Residence: Los Angeles
Hildegarde Aguinaldo Hildegarde Aguinaldo currently serves as director, Corporate Counsel for DaVita Inc. Ms. Aguinaldo has a well-established history in both health care and government that uniquely positions her to address the complex issues arising from these dynamic fields.
Prior to DaVita, Ms. Aguinaldo served as associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare and as an associate in the Health Care Litigation practice group of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. Ms. Aguinaldo’s practice benefitted from the heightened understanding of healthcare systems she gained from her studies in the Master of Public Health program at UCLA and her service as a board member of a local Dignity Health hospital.
In 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Ms. Aguinaldo to the California Acupuncture Board, where she was selected president and chair of its Enforcement Committee. In 2012, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas appointed Ms. Aguinaldo to the Los Angeles County Hospitals and Health Care Delivery Commission. In 2007, Councilmember Richard Alarcon selected Ms. Aguinaldo as deputy of Health and Legal Affairs for Council District 7. Ms. Aguinaldo’s government service was a primer to her recent endeavor as general counsel for the Santa Maria Group, a prominent government relations firm with local and global specialties.
In addition to health care and the law, Ms. Aguinaldo’s longest commitment has been to advocate for the Filipino-American community. From 2014 to 2015, following over a decade of involvement in the organization, Ms. Aguinaldo served as the president of the Philippine American Bar Association, where she sharpened the group’s efforts to advance judicial diversity and promote civic engagement. Ms. Aguinaldo continues to carry out the association’s mission in celebrating the contributions of the Filipino-American community and empowering students and attorneys to advance in the legal profession.

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Darius Anderson
Appointment: 2018-2024
Residence: Sonoma
Darius Anderson Darius Anderson is founder and CEO of Kenwood Investments, LLC, a California Real Estate Development and Opportunity Fund, and founder and managing member of Sonoma Media Investments, LLC. He is also the founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, a full-service government affairs firm providing lobbying, public affairs and strategic consulting to corporations, governments, trade associations and non-profit organizations.

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Arnoldo Avalos
Appointment: 2014-2019
Residence: Pleasanton
Arnoldo Avalos Arnoldo Avalos is the founder and chief executive officer of the Avalos Foundation, which provides scholarships to low-income high school students from the Upper Sacramento Valley who are attending a University of California school. He was head of compensation and the global compensation manager at Facebook from 2008 to 2013 and senior global compensation manager for Google from 2006 to 2008. Avalos held multiple positions at Cisco Systems from 1999 to 2006, including compensation manager, corporate recruiter and manager of business operations. He was a system consultant at Andersen Consulting from 1996 to 1999 and farm manager for Avalos Farms from 1989 to 1996. Avalos is a member of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees and a founding member of Hermanos Unidos. He earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Geoffrey L. Baum
Appointment: 2014-2020
Residence: Pasadena
Geoffrey Baum Geoffrey Baum's career spans education, journalism and public service. He was first appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008 and was reappointed by Governor Brown in 2014. He was unanimously confirmed by the California State Senate following each appointment and currently serves as president of the board. Baum served as a governing board member of the Pasadena Area Community College District from 2001 to 2013, including two terms as president. He is a former board member and president of the Pasadena Community Access Corporation, the city-chartered agency that manages the city's public access cable television station.
Baum has worked at the University of Southern California since 2001 where, together with Geoffrey Cowan, he helped launch the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy in 2007. He served as assistant dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism from 2001-08 and as assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at Claremont McKenna College. He took on an additional assignment in 2012 to serve as interim assistant vice president for marketing and public relations at USC's Keck School of Medicine and Keck Medical Center. Since 2010, Baum has also served as director of communications and public affairs for The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. As a journalist and member of the Washington press corps, Baum was executive producer at C-SPAN and has also worked for public radio's Marketplace, ABC News and Army, Navy and Air Force Times.
He holds an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from USC and a B.A. in Economics and Literature from Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Amy.

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Connie Conway
Appointment: 2015-2019
Residence: Tulare
Connie Conway
Connie Conway has been a member of the California Women Lead Board of Directors since 2008. She served as a member of the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014, where she was minority leader from 2010 to 2014. Conway was a member of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2008, serving as chair in 2005 and 2008. She was chair of the Cities Counties Schools Partnership in 2007 and president of the California State Association of Counties in 2006. Conway has served as a director for the California Public Employee Post Employment Benefits Commission; the Tulare County Employees’ Retirement Association; the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee and the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research.

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Eman Dalili
Appointment: 2016-2018
Residence: Palos Verdes Estates
Eman Dalili Eman Dalili has been a student at the University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business since 2017. Dalili is an Investment Banking Summer Anaylst at Stifel in San Francisco. Dalili was previously a Motion Pictures Financial Reporting Intern at Paramount Pictures during the summer of 2016. The previous summer Dalili worked as a Finance Intern at the American Red Cross. Dalili was previously a student at El Camino College. During his time at El Camino College he was Student Body President and an Ambassador in the Office of Outreach and School Relations since 2015. Furthermore he served on the El Camino Community College District Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2016. He also served as an Intern in the Office of Congresswoman Janice Hahn from 2014 to 2015 and in the Office of California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi in 2014.

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Jolena M. Grande
Appointment: 2018-2020
Residence: Westminster
Pamela Haynes Jolena M. Grande has been a licensed embalmer at Service Corporation International since 2009. She has been program director and professor for the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College since 1999 where she was an adjunct instructor from 1995 to 1999. Grande was a licensed embalmer and funeral director at Heritage Memorial Services from 2002 to 2009 and at McCormick and Son Inc. from 1997 to 1999. She held several positions at Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary and at Peek Family Colonial Funeral Home from 1989 to 1994, including licensed embalmer, funeral director and crematory manager. Grande is a member of the National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science and the American Board of Funeral Service Education. She earned a Master of Science degree in education technology and a Master of Forensic Sciences degree from National University.

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Pamela Haynes
Appointment: 2016-2022
Residence: Sacramento
Pamela Haynes Pamela Haynes was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016. Haynes served on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees for more than 17 years, including three terms as board president. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Community College League of California and the Los Rios Foundation Board. Before retiring from state service in 2012, she served for eight years as a deputy director and senior consultant for the California State Assembly, Speaker’s Office of Member Services. Prior to that, she was the legislative director for the Capitol Office of Assemblymember Mark Ridley-Thomas. Haynes has also worked for the California Labor Federation, ALF-CIO; the City of Sacramento; the Bureau of State Audits; and Department of Health Services. A Santa Monica College transfer student, she has a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

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Jennifer Perry
Appointment: 2015-2021
Residence: Los Angeles
Jennifer Perry
Jennifer Perry has been executive director at the Children’s Action Network since 1990, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She was director of public affairs at Act III Communications from 1988 to 1990 and served as director of special projects in the Office of Senator Alan Cranston from 1985 to 1988 and as staff assistant in the Office of Congressman Mickey Leland from 1982 to 1983.

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Man Phan
Appointment: 2017-2019
Residence: Sacramento
Man Phan
Dr. Man Phan was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017. Dr. Phan is a business professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. He resettled in the United States from Vietnam at the age of eight, barely able to speak a word of English. Ten years later, he was named a Provost Scholar at the University of San Diego, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations and master's degree in international business, all within five years. He also holds a doctorate degree in higher educational leadership from CSU Sacramento. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Phan spent nearly 10 years in the private sector, working in the architectural design industry throughout California. He spent the early years of his career in local government, working as a legislative assistant for members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council.

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Bill Rawlings
Appointment: 2018-2020
Residence: Diamond Bar
Bill Rawlings
Bill Rawlings has been a coordinator in the Academic Technology & Infrastructure department at Mt. San Antonio College since 1999, after beginning his career in education in 1993. He is a member of the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA).
Having previously served on the CSEA Board of Directors and as chair of its Legislative Committee, Mr. Rawlings currently serves as the chair of the CSEA Community College Committee, which researches, educates and communicates with members on the issues and concerns of community college employees. Mr. Rawlings has previously represented CSEA on the California Community Colleges Telecommunications and Technology Advisory Committee, Legislative Program Task Force, and the Budget and Legislative Advisory Committee.
Mr. Rawlings also currently serves as vice president of the Board of Directors for the Watchmen Arts Association, a non-profit corporation that provides performing arts education and experiences to youth from throughout Southern California.

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Valerie Lynne Shaw
Appointment: 2017-2023
Residence: Los Angeles
Valerie Lynne Shaw
Valerie Shaw was a commissioner at the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works from 1996 to 2013, where she was president from 2001 to 2005 and was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Department of Political Science from 2004 to 2011. She served as district director for Los Angeles City Council member Ruth Galanter from 1987 to 1993 and was a program manager at the Drew Economic Development Corporation from 1985 to 1987. Shaw served as public information officer for the Century Freeway Project from 1981 to 1985. She is a member of the 211 Los Angeles County Board of Directors, California Community Foundation’s Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds, Wilfandel Club and the Los Angeles African-American Women’s Public Political Institute. Shaw earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

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Alexander Walker-Griffin
Appointment: 2017-2019
Residence: Hercules
Alexander Walker-Griffin Alexander B. Walker-Griffin, 19, of Hercules, has been appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. Walker-Griffin is president of the student body at Contra Costa College and the Contra Costa College Community Organizing and Political Action Club. Walker-Griffin has been a student at Contra Costa College and a public policy intern at the Richmond City Council since 2016. He was an intern in the Office of Congressman Mark DeSaulnier in 2016 and interned at the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau in 2015. He was a history tutor at the Hercules High School Library from 2013 to 2014. He is a member of the West County Democratic Club, Democratic Party of Contra Costa County and the Gladeo League. 

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