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Board of Governors Members

Cecilia V. Estolano
President
Appointment: 2014-2017
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
Thomas Epstein is vice president of public affairs of Blue Shield of California, a 3.3-million-member not-for-profit California health plan, where he oversees government relations, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining Blue Shield, Epstein was vice president of communications for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), managing corporate public affairs and media relations for PBS television programs, ancillary products and education services. Previously, Epstein served in the White House as a special assistant to the president for political affairs, handling sensitive political and policy issues during President Clinton’s first term. Epstein was also deputy commissioner for consumer protection and communications in the California Department of Insurance. Mr. Epstein earned a J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

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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: 2008-2020
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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Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr.
Appointment: 2011-2018
Residence: San Francisco
Joseph Bielanski 
Dr. Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr. is an articulation officer at Berkeley City College and a past president of the Peralta Community College District Academic Senate. He served as district academic senate president from 2004 to 2009 and president of the Berkeley City College Academic Senate from 2003 to 2009. He has served and continues to serve on various college and district committees, including the college curriculum committee and the district Planning and Budgeting Council. He has served and continues to serve on committees of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. Dr. Bielanski has worked in the Peralta Community College District for more than 24 years, where he began as a counselor in Disabled Student Programs & Services. He received his doctorate in education from St. Mary’s College of California.

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Scott Budnick
Appointment: 2014-2018
Residence: Los Angeles
Scott Budnick Scott Budnick is the founder and president of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, a support network for formerly incarcerated young men and women, which advocates for fairer criminal justice policies. Previously he was the executive vice president of Todd Phillips’ production company, Green Hat Films, during which time he was the executive producer of many successful comedies, including the highest-grossing rated-R comedies in history, The Hangover series. Gov. Jerry Brown named Budnick California’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012 for his work with youth in the criminal justice system. In August of 2013, Budnick was appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections by Speaker of the Assembly John Perez. Budnick graduated from Emory University in 1999 with degrees in business and film.

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Jeffrey Burdick
Appointment: 2015-2017
Residence: Coarsegold

Jeffrey “Jeff” Burdick, an English professor at Clovis Community College for more than a decade, was the founding president of the college’s Academic Senate and continues to serve on the executive committee. He is chair of the Honors Advisory Committee and a member of the Student Success Committee. He was a leader in the accreditation effort to reach college status for many years and involved with numerous committees at the college and district level. A high school readiness partnership that he spearheaded with Clovis West High School has received multiple awards for college readiness preparation. He has been active on the Equity and Diversity Action Committee for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and has worked on the Common Assessment Initiative as a member of the steering committee, the English work group and the professional development work group.

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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 El Camino College since 2014. He is student body president and has been an ambassador in the Office of Outreach and School Relations since 2015. Dalili is a business analyst intern at American Red Cross Blood Donation Services and was a member of 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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Danny Hawkins
Appointment: 2011-2018
Residence: San Jose
Danny Hawkins Danny Hawkins is a technical services supervisor for the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District, where he’s worked since 1997. Previously, he served as the systems manager for Santa Clara University undergraduate admissions from 1988 to 1997. He received his Associate of Science degree and accounting/CIS from Evergreen Valley College.

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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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Hasun Khan
Appointment: 2015-2017
Residence: Berkeley
Hasun Khan, of Bakersfield, was a judicial operations intern at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2015 and an animator and graphic designer at HitRecord in 2014. He is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in computer science at Berkeley City College.

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Deborah Malumed
Appointment: 2005-2017
Residence: Long Beach
Deborah Malumed Deborah Malumed has served as a family medicine physician with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group since 2000 and now part-time with the Mid-Atlantic States Permanente Medical Group. She worked with The Permanente Medical Group from 2000 to 2012, and practiced medicine with the Harriman Jones Medical Group from 1984 to 2000. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

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Jennifer Perry
Appointment: 2015-2021
Residence: Los Angeles

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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Gary Reed
Appointment: 2005-2021
Residence: Porterville
Gary Reed Gary Reed has served on the Board of Governors for the California Community Colleges for more than 10 years, with active participation also on the board for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. He has a broad range of educational experience from the classroom to school administration. Reed has developed a strong background in the political process by serving on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, Porterville City Council and Porterville Planning Commission. He has been a partner in the investment management firm of Reed, Shoemaker & Brookshire since 1993. Gary holds a master’s degree in School Administration from the University of Laverne and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.

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Valerie Lynne Shaw
Appointment: 2015-2017
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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Nancy Sumner
Appointment: 2014-2018
Residence: Glendale
Nancy Sumner Nancy Sumner has been a critical care transport coordinator and registered nurse for the Schaefer Ambulance Service since 1987 and disaster coordinator and registered nurse at the Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center since 1979. She served in multiple positions in the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard from 1981 to 2012, including colonel and staff sergeant. Sumner is a committee member of the Glendale Veterans Coalition, serving veterans and military families by advocating for the veteran population, assisting with resume writing and resolving gaps in service such as access to education.

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