Keetha Mills

Keetha Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer

Keetha Mills Headshot

Areas of expertise: 

  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Higher education
  • Financial operations 
  • Investment management
  • Program management
  • Strategic planning

Keetha Mills is President and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Under her leadership, the Foundation has expanded overall impact through the development and delivery of more than 40 mission-aligned programs and services across five areas of impact: student success, workforce development, equity, community impact, and system support. Since her appointment in 2012, the Foundation has significantly increased available resources to total over $50 million in annual support of the California Community Colleges and its students. Inspired to further this success, the Foundation has launched an ambitious goal to double its impact over the next decade, with Mills challenging her team to create innovative solutions and forge valuable partnerships that will continue to drive annual increases in resources brought in by the Foundation to benefit the California Community Colleges.

Mills’ professional background includes over 20 years of experience in executive leadership, finance, accounting, and operations, which she leverages to lead the nonprofit through a business-centric lens. Credited to her focus on operational discipline, the Foundation continues to achieve strategic year-after-year growth, resulting in an expanded portfolio of resources, services, and specialized programs that increase opportunity and improve outcomes for more than 2.1 million students across all 116 community colleges. 

Foundation Highlights: 

  • Leading strategic alignment with the Chancellor to provide a margin of excellence to support implementation of the California Community Colleges’ ambitious Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California’s Needs
  • Creating a culture of shared leadership within the organization to empower leaders at all levels to take an action-oriented approach to innovate, grow, and produce positive results toward mission achievement
  • Increasing partnerships with mission-aligned public and private organizations to multiply resources available to serve colleges and students
  • Positioning the Foundation at the forefront of innovation and excellence in higher education across five areas of impact: student success, workforce development, equity, community impact, and system support

Prior to joining the Foundation, Mills served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, and as the Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. Earlier in her career, she worked with two of the nation’s largest accounting firms at the time, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and later went on to manage the financial operations of a $490 million portfolio of real estate assets for Hines Interest Limited Partnership. Mills also acted in an executive leadership role at Dynegy, an S&P 500 company that provides wholesale power to utilities, municipalities, and other energy companies across 13 states. 

A community college alumna, Mills earned her associate of arts in business administration from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and her bachelor of science in accounting from University of Houston.

Management Team

Keetha Mills
President and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Quintana
Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Conner
Chief Advancement Officer

Bryan Miller
Vice President of Communications and Technology

Sandra Fried
Vice President, Student Success Center

Andrea Meyer
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Jorge J.C. Sales
Vice President of Program Development

Elaine Reodica
Senior Director of Strategic Integrations

Board of Directors

Geneve Villacres
Chair of the Board

Patrick Mulvaney
Vice Chair of the Board

Jennifer Perry

Darius Anderson

Manuel Baca

Stephan Castellanos

Yasmin Davidds

Kwesi Edwards

Nitasha Sawhney

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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The Foundation for California Community Colleges is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 68-0412350).

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 116 colleges and 73 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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