Key Leadership - CCSF Workforce Development Office
I chose to spend my career in the workforce development field because I believe that everyone can achieve career success with the right supports. For over twenty years I have worked with many San Francisco organizations, dedicated to helping people find meaningful employment and advance their skills. I hope to use this experience to continue to serve the San Francisco community and CCSF students in particular. I am grateful to my network that has supported my career growth, and I encourage all CCSF students to grow your network, build your LinkedIn profile, and connect with us in Career Services!
I received my AA in Human Resources Administration from Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). I worked in Human Resources Recruiting for two years, as Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Business and Professional Studies for 10 years, and adjunct faculty in Computer Studies for two years at SRJC. I was also Test Center Coordinator for the SAT Program for eight years.
As SRJC Classified Senate President, I served on all key policy and decision-making shared governance committees, and I continue to pursue higher education in hopes of continuing to passionately support and promote Community College Career Education. I also like to bake.
I’ve spent my career at the intersection of education and social work, first as a WIA case manager and then as a program manager for drop-out re-engagement and college access programs in WA state. I’ve worked almost exclusively with special populations, designing programs specifically for homeless young adults, individuals in immigration detention, and young adults involved in the juvenile justice system. Throughout my career I have seen the transformative power of education to liberate minds, create a sense of purpose, and grant access to financial stability. My time working with homeless individuals taught me that workforce development is the most viable and sustainable anti-poverty strategy and I am excited to be doing this important work in the city I grew up in.
San Francisco Bay Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research
I am proud to be a member of the City College of San Francisco Career Education and Economic Development team. My role is to provide labor market and workforce data to our college community. Students use this data to make informed decisions about what careers to pursue and faculty and college leadership use it to decide what programs of study the college should offer that lead to employment and good wages in the Bay Area. I have worked in the workforce development field for over 25 years and know that education and work experience through internships, apprenticeships and volunteering are powerful strategies that lead to career advancement.
CCSF MakerSPHERE Coordinator
Faculty, CNIT Department - Web Development Programs
I am Coordinator of MakerSPHERE and Faculty in Computer Networking & Information Technology. My work focuses on hands-on teaching and learning strategies that support non-traditional students, particularly women and underrepresented students in tech and STEAM. In MakerSPHERE, our network of makerspaces across CCSF, each and every student will find an open door to courses, work-based learning and other opportunities that can lead to high paying jobs and a way to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. I invite new and experienced student makers from all backgrounds to MakerSPHERE for hands-on and collaborative learning opportunities, and innovative and engaging programs in departments across the College. Come visit us in SmartHub in Sci211, Collaboratory Space in R403, and Industrial Lab at the Evans Center.
Faculty and Program Lead
Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
I got into entrepreneurship at a very young age when I was a student and a mother of three. I was also blessed with a rewarding management career in banking that lasted for two decades before I transitioned to academia. In my volunteer work with refugee-students in refugee camps across Africa and Central Asia, I have witnessed the transformative power of education especially to those living at the margins of our societies. These experiences inform my work today. And as an educator, I am advocating for social entrepreneurship and innovation that are accessible and inclusive.
The SF Bay Area region represents 25% of the teaching vacancies in California. Addressing the teaching shortage through the development of collaborative practices and efforts can create models for other regions. Leveraging funds from the Education Futures grant through the CCCCO, the RJV’s are well positioned to increase the sustainability of community college-based teacher preparation efforts in California. Develop regional courses, programs and pathways that address TOP CODE and data tracking needs.
Project Goals - 2018-2020:
-Continue to work with Bay Area CSU’s on transfer and articulation efforts
-Develop a regional marketing plan for teaching and education pathways in partnership with the BACCC Marketing RJV
-A complete survey of Human Resources Departments in Community Colleges to assess faculty hiring and training needs (especially CTE) in our region