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Board of Governors Members

 

Geoffrey L. Baum
President
Appointment: 2008-2020
Residence: Pasadena
Geoffrey Baum
Baum served for 12 years as a member of the governing board of the Pasadena Area Community College District, including two terms as president. He works at the University of Southern California, where he is managing director of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and previously as assistant dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He also is director of communications and public affairs for The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
He previously worked for C-SPAN as executive producer and as assistant vice president for public relations and marketing at Claremont McKenna College. He has been a high school English teacher and a journalist for ABC News, public radio’s Marketplace and the Army, Navy and Air Force Times. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Lisa Gallaway, and daughter Amy.

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Cecilia V. Estolano
Vice 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 LLC (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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Arnoldo Avalos
Appointment: 2014-2019
Residence: Pleasanton
Arnoldo Avalos
Arnoldo Avalos has been the founder and chief executive officer of the Avalos Foundation since 2013. 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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Manuel Baca
Appointment: 2009-2015
Residence: Diamond Bar
Manuel Baca
Manuel Baca is a political science professor at Rio Hondo College where he previously served on the Academic Senate Executive Committee. His professional experience includes holding a number of faculty and administrative positions within the California State University and California Community Colleges systems. Baca is currently a member of the governing board of the Mt. San Antonio Community College District and has, in addition, served on several statewide commissions and committees.
In 2005, Baca was a member of the California Community Colleges System Strategic Plan Steering Committee where he and other state leaders developed the Community College System Strategic Plan for California. In 2011, Baca was a member of the California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force that made 22 specific policy recommendations to improve educational achievement within the California Community Colleges. Those recommendations later became the foundation of the landmark Student Success Act of 2012.
Baca holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California. His graduate and undergraduate degrees were earned at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where he was honored as one of 50 successful Latino alumni during the university’s 50th anniversary in 2007. 
He was featured in a CSUF special photo exhibit called “Querer es Poder,” which in Spanish means “if you have the desire, you can achieve.” Baca also possesses an associate degree from Rio Hondo College where, in recognition of his service and contributions to Rio Hondo College, he was named as a Fellow of the College. His military service with the United States Marine Corps includes having served a tour of duty in Vietnam. Long active within the San Gabriel Valley and the greater Los Angeles area, Baca serves or previously served as a member of many community-based and civic organizations.

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Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr.
Appointment: 2011-2016
Residence: San Francisco
Joseph Bielanski 
Dr. Joseph J. Bielanski, Jr. is Articulation Officer at Berkeley City College and Past President of the Peralta Community College District Academic Senate.  In his role as Past President of the District Academic Senate, he assists with various district institutional effectiveness projects.  He served as District Academic Senate President from 2004 to 2009 and President of the Berkeley City College Academic Senate from 2003-2009.  He has served and continues to serve on various college and district committees, as well as on committees of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC).
In 2013 he was appointed by the ASCCC to the CSU General Education Advisory Committee in his role as a community college articulation officer and was recently appointed to the CSU Steering Committee of the “Give Students a Compass” initiative.  He has worked in the Peralta Community College District for 23 years, where he began as a Counselor in Disabled Student Programs and Services.  Dr. Bielanski 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 grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Emory University in 1999 with degrees in Business and Film.
Formerly the Executive Vice President of Todd Phillips’ production company, Green Hat Films, Budnick executive produced many successful comedies including the highest grossing rated-R comedies in history, THE HANGOVER series.
Outside of film, Budnick is a fierce champion for children in need. Budnick is a teacher and on the Advisory Board for InsideOUT Writers (www.insideoutwriters.org), is a board member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps (www.lacorps.org) and on the Advisory board for the Loyola Law School, Center for Juvenile Law and Policy.
For his work with youth in the criminal justice system, Governor Jerry Brown named Budnick California’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012. In August of 2013, Budnick was appointed to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) by the Speaker of the Assembly, John Perez.
Budnick is currently launching a new production company along with growing and developing The Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC).

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Connie Conway
Newly Appointed
Residence: Tulare
Connie Conway
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.

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Thomas Epstein
Appointment: 2014-2020
Residence: Orinda

Thomas Epstein is vice president, public affairs of Blue Shield of California, a 3.3 million-member not-for-profit California health plan that provides health and life insurance products for the commercial, individual and government markets. He oversees government relations, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility for California's third largest health plan.
Prior to joining Blue Shield, Mr. Epstein was vice president of communications for the Public Broadcasting Service, managing corporate public affairs and media relations for PBS television programs, ancillary products, education services and Web site. Previously, he 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. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Epstein was deputy commissioner for consumer protection and communications in the California Department of Insurance.
Mr. Epstein earned a J.D. from UCLA 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 California Bar and serves on the board of trustees of the Coalition for Clean Air, Enroll America, and the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

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Danny Hawkins
Appointment: 2011-2016
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 1988-1997. He received his associate of science degree and accounting/CIS from Evergreen Valley College.

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Ravneet Kaur
Newly Appointed
Residence: Riverside
Connie Conway
Kaur was a barista at Starbucks and a tutor at Riverside City College in 2014. She was a volunteer at Hemet Valley Medical Center from 2012 to 2013 and at Sukh Sansar Hospital in Punjab, India in 2011. Kaur is a Region IX Governance and Internal Policy senator for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and a member of the Riverside Community College District Honors Program and Associated Students of Riverside 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.  From 2000-2012, she also worked with The Permanente Medical Group.  From 1984-2000, she practiced medicine with the Harriman Jones Medical Group.  She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

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Jennifer Perry
Newly Appointed
Residence: Los Angeles

Perry has been executive director at the Children’s Action Network since 1990. 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: 2005-2015
Residence: Porterville
Gary Reed
Gary Reed has been a partner in the investment management firm of Reed, Shoemaker & Brookshire since 1993. Reed previously served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Bill Jones from 1991 to 1992 and as a Tulare County Supervisor from 1988 to 1990. He is a member of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and member of the Tulare County Retirement Board.

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Valerie Lynne Shaw
Newly Appointed
Residence: Los Angeles

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 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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Colin van Loon
Appointment: 2014-2015
Residence: Fresno

Colin van Loon is a student at Willow International Community College Center pursuing a degree in philosophy. Van Loon has served as the vice president of finance of the Associated Student Government of Willow International Community College Center since 2013 and is an active member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society. He was a member of the hiring committee to select the Vice President of Administrative Services of Willow International Community College Center and was a volleyball coach for the Clovis Unified School District in 2013. He has been a student marketing assistant at the Fresno Center for International Trade Development since January 2014. He is a committee member of the State Center Community College District Budget and Resource Allocation Advisory Committee and has been since 2013.

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