Iris Aguilar

Iris Aguilar, Senior Director, Equity and Community Impact

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Areas of expertise:

  • Strategic leadership and planning
  • Business development
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Program and systems management
  • Employee development

Iris Aguilar is Senior Director, Equity and Community Impact at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. California Community Colleges, their students, and surrounding communities benefit from Aguilar’s keen leadership of programs to improve equity, student services, and the environment, and her holistic support for disadvantaged groups through community outreach; student leadership training; and implementation of other special projects.

Aguilar joined the Foundation as a student assistant in 2004 and has served in several capacities in student services, workforce development, community outreach, and environmental programs. As the Foundation’s former Director of Community Impact, Aguilar and her team significantly expanded partnerships and implemented effective statewide awareness campaigns, leading to her appointment as Senior Director in 2018.

Foundation Highlights:

  • Spearheads the California Community College Dreamers Project, a collaborative, systemwide project to nimbly respond to the needs of undocumented community college students through research, planning, and project implementation
  • Active member of the Environmental Equity Advocacy Group, which is developing tools for low-income and disadvantaged communities related to environmentally-friendly transportation options
  • Launched the Student Ambassador Program to increase a wide range of student and family resources across the state
  • Dedicated more than 15 years of service to the California Community College system

Aguilar earned her bachelor of arts in Chicano/Latino Studies, Native American Studies, and Spanish from the University of California, Davis.

Programs and Services

Sandra Fried
Executive Director of Success Center

Beth Kay
Director of Professional Development, Success Center

Jodi Lewis
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Success Center

Tim Aldinger
Executive Director, Workforce Development

Iris Aguilar
Senior Director, Equity and Community Impact

J.C. Sales
Executive Director of Program Development

Shirley Singh
Director of Facilities, Systems and Services

Jennifer Keiper
Director of CollegeBuys

Elaine Reodica
Director of Collaborative Services

Strategic Support

Constance Crawford
Director of Strategic Partnerships

Emily Robinson
Senior Director of Technology and Special Projects

Nancy Pryor
Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Incubation

Jonathan Brack
Director of Collaborative Impact Programs

Steve Maciel
Director of Finance and Accounting

John O'Sullivan
Director, Systems and Special Projects

Cristina Herrick
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

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