Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley is currently on sabbatical from the California Community Colleges and serving as a temporary senior advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on higher education matters, including college affordability. Acting Chancellor Daisy Gonzales, PhD, is leading the system during this time.

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz OakleyOakley embodies the impact the California Community Colleges are having in transforming lives. He grew up in the Florence-Firestone area of South Los Angeles in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, the son of a U.S. citizen father who was schooled in Mexico and a mother who was a Mexican immigrant. After serving four years in the Army, he enrolled at Golden West College and transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis and design and a master’s degree in business administration.

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