Amy M. Costa | President
Amy M. 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.
Hildegarde B. Aguinaldo | Vice President
Residence: Los Angeles
Hildegarde Aguinaldo currently serves as Assistant General Counsel for DaVita Inc. 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, Aguinaldo served as associate general counsel at UnitedHealthcare and as an associate in the Health Care Litigation practice group of a national law firm. 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 addition to health care and the law, 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, 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. 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.
Darius W. Anderson
Darius W. 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.
Joshua N. Elizondo
Residence: Santa Monica
Joshua N. Elizondo is Board of Governors Member 2021-23 and commissioner for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors - District 3, a member of the board of directors for California Youth Connection and the founder and CEO of The Foster Bunch, dedicated to changing the narrative of foster care through the use of media. Elizondo was Associated Students President at Santa Monica College 2021-22, Student Trustee for the Board of Trustees 2020-21, Student Member of the California Community College Trustees Board 2020-21, Guided Pathways Advisory Committee member since inception, CCPG redesign participant and more. Outside of education, he has a career in entertainment, interning at Television Academy in 2019 and has completed the Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence for national security in 2020.
Elizondo has obtained thirteen associate degrees and three certificates across several disciplines from Santa Monica College. In the fall of 2021, he transferred to Pepperdine University where he studies International Relations: Global Politics with a minor in Social Work. He is a first-generation bisexual college student of color, who also grew up in the foster care system. Through his education, Elizondo has experienced many challenges including having been unhoused for a period of time, etc; such experiences in combination with his intersectional identities, give him a unique perspective towards being a representative voice not only the students of the California Community Colleges system but the many other constituents who have stake in the CCC.
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. 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.
Felicia Escobar Carrillo
Residence: Los Angeles
Felicia Escobar Carrillo is currently Director of Immigration at The Beacon Fund, which works to unleash individual potential by investing in youth and their families, supporting communities, and removing systemic barriers to success. From 2009 2017, she worked for the White House Domestic Policy Council where she advanced President Obama’s immigration legislative and administrative agenda, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Escobar Carrillo also served as the Principal Consultant for the L.A. Justice Fund, a public-private partnership to increase access to legal representation for immigrants in deportation proceedings. She has extensive experience on Capitol Hill having worked for former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle on outreach and engagement strategies, and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar’s legislative team. A native of San Antonio, TX, Escobar Carrillo earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Juris Doctorate from UCLA's School of Law.
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).
Grande 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.
Pamela Haynes was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016. Haynes has served on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees for more than 20 years, including four 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 RidleyThomas. 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.
Kevin J. Holl
Residence: San Francisco
Kevin J. Holl is a partner at the San Francisco-based law firm of Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, LLP. With more than 30 years of litigation and trial experience, he has received a Martindale Hubbell peer review rating of “AV Preeminent” and has been named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for fifteen consecutive years. Holl is an appointed arbitrator with the San Francisco Superior Court. He also volunteers as an adjunct faculty member for the University of San Francisco School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program. He is a co-founder of a scholarship fund at USF Law School which, since 1995, has provided financial assistance to law students. Holl was appointed to the Treasure Island Citizen Advisory Board in 2004 by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. Holl is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. Holl earned an associate degree from City College of San Francisco, a B.S. degree in International Business from San Francisco State University, and a J.D from USF School of Law.
Appointment: 2020-term end
Residence: San Francisco
Representing: Lieutenant Governor of California
Eleni Kounalakis is the 50th lieutenant governor of California and the first woman elected to the position. From 2010 to 2013, Kounalakis served as President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary. In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom designated Kounalakis as his Representative for International Affairs and Trade Development, and as Chair of the corresponding Interagency Committee that oversees the state’s trade, investment and international relations. Kounalakis also serves on the State Lands Commission, and as a voting member of the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees.
Prior to her public service, Kounalakis was president of AKT Development, where she worked for 18 years building housing for the Sacramento region’s working families. She has served as a member of California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989 and earned her M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley. She is the author of “Madam Ambassador: Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest.
Residence: Monterey Park
Paul Medina has been President of the Associated Student Government at Compton Community College since 2022 and a Business Development Associate at Security National Mortgage Company since 2021. Medina was Student Trustee on the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees in 2022 and Regional Affairs Director at the Student Senate for California Community Colleges from 2021 to 2022.
Jennifer L. Perry
Residence: Los Angeles
Jennifer L. Perry has been Executive Director of the Children’s Action Network (CAN) since its inception. By marshalling the immense communications power of the entertainment community, CAN inspires the public to take action on behalf of children. CAN is now involved in a national campaign devoted to raising awareness about the 107,000 children in this country waiting for adoptive homes and improving outcomes for the more than 400,000 children in foster care. Perry is also a co-founder of FosterMore, a coalition of media and entertainment companies, nonprofits, businesses and philanthropic organizations working to create greater understanding, empathy, and action to improve the future of youth in foster care.
Prior to her tenure at CAN, Perry was Director of Public Affairs for Act III Communications and served on the Washington, DC staffs of Senator Alan Cranston and Congressman Mickey Leland.
Perry is a recipient of the Nancy Daly Advocacy Award from the Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth, Raise A Child Honors and the Evan B. Donaldson Spotlight Award. Under her stewardship, CAN has received an Adoption Excellence Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services and a Television Academy Honors for A Home for the Holidays, CAN’s annual special promoting foster care adoption.
Perry is currently on the board of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the Children's Law Center of California. She has served as a board member of the North American Council on Adoptable Children and Para Los Niños, as well as Advisor to the Major League Baseball Player’s Trust for Children and on the Los Angeles Commission on Children Youth and their Families, the Los Angeles City Child Care Commission and the Commission on the Status of Women.
She is a graduate of Yale University and she and her husband Andy Spahn are the adoptive parents of two girls.
Residence: Diamond Bar
Representing: Classified Employee
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 their Legislative Committee, 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. 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.
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.
Roy Shahbazian has been Academic Senate president and professor of math at Rancho Santiago Community College District – Santa Ana College since 2001. He held multiple positions at the University of California, Irvine from 2002 to 2019, including Instructor and Summer Bridge Math coordinator. Shahbazian was a Computer Science instructor at Fullerton College from 2001 to 2003. Shahbazian was a software engineer at Odetics Inc. – Gyyr Division from 1998 to 2001. He is a member of the Orange County Transportation Authority's Citizen Advisory Committee. Shahbazian earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine.
Valerie Lynne Shaw
Residence: Los Angeles
Valerie L. 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.
Dr. Blas Villalobos
Dr. Blas Villalobos is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Military Services. As the Chief Executive Officer, Villalobos leads the organization’s delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and military families. Villalobos also leads the organization’s partnerships with other military-friendly organizations, including partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project, Cohen Veterans Network, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.
Previous to his current position, Villalobos served as Veterans Affairs director at Chapman University, where he established the university’s very first Veterans Resource Center. Villalobos also managed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Under this position, he 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. 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. In 2018, Villalobos served 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.
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, Villalobos attended Long Beach City College, then graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Southern California.
Joseph R. Williams
Joseph R. Williams is an elected member of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College, and Empire KVCR – the PBS and NPR affiliate station for Inland Southern California on TV channel 24 and 91.9 FM. Williams has served on the board since 2013 representing Area 2 which includes the communities of Muscoy, Rialto, and San Bernardino.
Williams is Community Agent of Strategic Partnerships at the Rialto Unified School District and is a governor’s appointee to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and California Workforce Development Board. Additionally, he is the founder of Youth Action Project (YAP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing Inland Empire students for college and workplace success. Prior to founding YAP, Williams served the County of San Bernardino for nine years, working in behavioral health, workforce development, and sheriff’s departments.
Williams is an alumnus of Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, and a master’s degree in social impact from Claremont Lincoln University.