Aisha Lowe, PhDAisha Lowe, PhD

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.