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Board of Governors Members

Tom Epstein
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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Pamela Haynes
Vice President
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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Hildegarde B. Aguinaldo
Appointment: 2018-2023
Residence: Los Angeles
Hildegarde B. 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 W. 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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Amy M. Costa
Appointment: 2018-2024
Residence: Alameda

Amy Costa was chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance from 2016 to 2018, where she served as advisor to the director on higher education from 2014 to 2016. She was an account lead at Blue Beyond Consulting from 2012 to 2014 and director of state and local government relations at Safeway Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Costa served as associate director of advocacy and state relations at the California State University Chancellor's Office from 2009 to 2010. She served as policy director in the Office of California State Senator Dean Florez from 2008 to 2009, as a policy consultant in the Office of California State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2005 to 2008 and district director in the Office of California State Senator Don Perata from 2001 to 2005.

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Jolena M. Grande
Appointment: 2018-2020
Residence: Westminster
Jolena M. Grande Jolena M. Grande is a licensed funeral service practitioner with Service Corporation International and current director of the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College. She is a longtime faculty member in the department, where she served as an adjunct instructor from 1995 to 1999. Since 1989, she has enjoyed working as an embalmer, funeral director, crematory manager and cemetery manager in Southern California, where she was previously employed by Heritage Memorial Services, McCormick and Son, Inc., Peek Family Colonial Funeral Home, and Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary. She has served on the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Career Technical Education Leadership Committee and as an ASCCC representative to the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum and the Career Technical Education Faculty Minimum Qualifications Workgroup with the Chancellor’s Office.  She was a member of the Cypress College Academic Senate from 2010 to 2017, holding the offices of secretary (2010-2013) and president (2014-2016). Jolena has served on various college and district committees, including the college program review and department planning committee, curriculum committee, planning and budget committee, and president’s advisory cabinet, as well as a member of the district consultation council, council on budget and finance, and enrollment management advisory committee. Grande serves on various committees with the California Funeral Directors Association, is the current secretary of the National Associated Colleges of Mortuary Science, and vice president of the American Board of Funeral Service Education. She previously served on the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau Advisory Committee, and is an item writer for the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. She earned a Master of Science degree in educational technology and a Master of Forensic Sciences degree from National University.

Jennifer L. 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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Blas Villalobos
Appointment: 2018-2021
Residence: Lakewood
Blas Villalobos
Blas Villalobos currently serves as the Veterans Affairs director at Chapman University, where he provides resources and services for the student veteran population and their families.
Previous to his current position, Mr. Villalobos managed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Under this position, Mr. Villalobos developed, and implemented, Mayor Garcetti’s strategic vision to leverage private and public resources to assist veterans and their families reintegrate into civilian life, managing the 10,000 Strong Initiative, a program that helped more than 12,000 veterans find full-time employment. Mr. Villalobos also served as the Executive Director of Community Programs and Veteran Services for U.S.VETS Patriotic Hall, where he managed the Outside the Wire program, the Career Development Initiative, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.
Mr. Villalobos also serves as a member of the Veterans Administration Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans, and was appointed to the committee by VA Secretary Shulkin in 2018. As a member, his role is to promote the effectiveness and adequacy of VA programs, to include the availability, ease of access, quality and consumer satisfaction with delivery of services designed to meet the readjustment needs of America’s war Veterans, by providing consumer-based recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Mr. Villalobos served in the United States Marine Corps from October 1999-October 2003. During his military service, he was deployed to Iraq during the invasion in March 2003, where he served as a Squad Leader during combat operations earning several awards, including the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Humanitarian Service Medal.
After his military service, Mr. Villalobos attended Long Beach City College, then graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California with a concentration in community organization, planning and administration, and a sub-concentration in military social work. Mr. Villalobos is currently a doctor of social work candidate at USC, and is expected to complete his doctoral program in December 2018.
Blas loves spending time with his 11-year-old daughter, Jessica, and his wife Vanessa.

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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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Alexis Zaragoza
Appointment: 2018-2020
Residence: Patterson
Alexis Zaragoza has been a student at Modesto Junior College since 2016, where she has held several positions for the Associated Students of Modesto Junior College, including director of political development, director of student relations, senator of community relations and vice president. She was a field organizer for Josh Harder’s congressional campaign in 2018. Zaragoza is a member of the Modesto Junior College Freedom Forum, Modesto Junior College Honors Program and the Patterson Progressive Alliance.

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