The Governmental Relations Division of the California Community Colleges is getting its work done. This division represents the Chancellor’s Office before the legislative and executive branches of the state and federal governments, and it is responsible for advancing the California Community Colleges’ legislative agenda. Recent milestones include basic skills reform, expanded financial aid opportunities, the Student Centered Funding Formula, the California College Promise and the California Online Community College.
In March 2018, the Chancellor’s Office secured a federal liaison to represent the interests of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. The liaison provides expert analysis on issues directly affecting higher education, advocates on behalf of the system with Congress and the White House and supports the development and implementation of federal policies aligned with the Vision for Success.
The Governmental Relations Division is headed by Vice Chancellor Laura Metune, who joined the Chancellor’s Office in December 2016. Metune has an extensive background with state government, serving previously as the chief consultant for the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and as the bureau chief for the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, among other posts.