Dr. Aisha Lowe, PhD
Executive Vice Chancellor for the Equitable Student Learning, Experience and Impact Office & Executive Vice Chancellor for Educational Services and Support
Dr. Aisha Lowe is a passionate educator who has dedicated her life to improving education for all students and communities. Over the past 20 years, Aisha has worked with at-risk youth, taught middle school, lead educational research and policy efforts, instructed college students, and served as a higher education administrator. Her background includes serving as an independent consultant supporting the research and evaluation needs of schools, organizations and educators; serving as the executive director of STAND UP For Great Schools; and serving as director of research for the California Charter Schools Association.
Aisha joined the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in 2020 and now serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the Office of Equitable Student Learning, Experience, and Impact (ESLEI). In this leadership position, Dr. Lowe leads Academic Affairs, Student Services, and Workforce & Economic Development for the state’s 116 colleges and 1.8 million students, overseeing over $3 billion in funding and numerous statewide programs and initiatives. Aisha began her time at the Chancellor’s Office as Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Supports where she provided leadership for Educational Services division Academic Affairs activities in six core areas: 1) curriculum chaptering and approval; 2) intersegmental coordination with CSU, UC and private 4-year institution partners; 3) student equity programs; 4) new program development; 5) enrollment and retention initiatives; and 6) innovations in teaching and learning (e.g., credit for prior learning, competency-based education).
Prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Lowe served as Associate Professor of Education at William Jessup University, where she oversaw the thesis research of future teachers in training. She also served as the Dean of the Office of Academic Research, leading the university’s Strategic Academic Research Plan and academic grant making. Additionally, Aisha served the students of the Los Rios Community College District, Sierra College and CSU Sacramento as an adjunct professor for over eight years.
Dr. Lowe received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s in Sociology from Stanford University where she also received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Aisha researches effective strategies for educating students of color to help faculty create classroom environments of acceptance and belonging to fully support the whole student and maximize their academic outcomes, and has been a featured speaker at various conferences and for faculty professional development programs nationally.
Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development
Sandra Sanchez brings more than 28 years of experience in leadership, staff development, collaborative governance and project management both in the public and private sector. As interim vice chancellor, she is responsible for a portfolio of more than $1.2 billion serving 116 California community colleges. She administers the Strong Workforce Program (SWP), Strong Workforce K-12 program, California Apprenticeship Initiative, California Adult Education program, Nursing/ Allied Health, Federal Perkins V and Workforce and Economic development.
Prior to the Chancellor’s Office, Interim Vice Chancellor Sanchez served as a dean of academic affairs and dean of Workforce and Economic development at Los Angeles Harbor College for eight years where she led workforce education and educational programs leading to certificates and degrees. Her commitment to accessible, affordable and quality education has fueled her value of lifelong learning and she has successfully run adult education, continuing education, virtual education, emeritus education, corporate/customized training and Intergovernmental agreements at every institution she has served.
Over the past two decades, Sandra has held management positions at three of California’s largest community college districts: Los Angeles Community, Santa Monica and Long Beach City. At all of these institutions she managed a combined total of more than $100M in grants and other funded programs. She feels privileged to have a career working with faculty and professional staff designing educational programs for nontraditional students and adult populations. She is most proud of her efforts to assist underserved populations, first generation college students and other diverse populations needing support and college transition, retention and workplace opportunities.
Sanchez' leadership experience outside of higher education includes the private sector and early work in the California State Senate. Her work leading the Small Business Development Centers Network in Los Angeles, allowed her to assist thousands of entrepreneurs, women, and people of color to open, grow and access capital for their businesses. Sandra has excelled in resource development by cultivating business and industry relationships as well as those with philanthropic agencies. She creates win-win solutions with stakeholders while helping students, businesses and communities thrive.
Interim Vice Chancellor Sanchez is a native of Southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA from the University of Redlands.