Sandra Fried

Sandra Fried, Vice President, Student Success Center

Sandra Fried headshot

Areas of expertise:

  • Higher education policy and advocacy
  • Strategic planning
  • Reform projects design

Sandra Fried is Vice President of the Student Success Center for California Community Colleges, housed within the Foundation. Founded in 2014, the Success Center assists the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office implementation of large-scale, systemwide student success reforms through policy development, professional development, and special projects. A nationally recognized policy thought leader, Fried has comprehensively built the Success Center team to support student success-focused initiatives to increase community college completion rates.


  • Serves on the Chancellor's executive team
  • Established the Success Center’s policy shop, a key resource for research and best practices that support student-centered systems reform
  • Facilitated the California Community College system’s Vision for Success: Strengthening the California Community Colleges to Meet California’s Needs strategic plan and philanthropic support for related reforms
  • Evolved the system’s professional learning network into the Vision Resource Center information portal to support community college Vision for Success implementation

An accomplished higher education policy and advocacy expert, Fried served as the University of California’s Associate Director for Legislative Affairs in the State Capitol. She also previously served as the California State Assembly’s Chief Consultant, where she analyzed legislation, directed committee operations and hearings, and negotiated policy issues.

Fried earned her bachelor of arts in history and economics from the University of California, Davis and is a proud former California Community College student.

Management Team

Keetha Mills
President and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Quintana
Chief Operating Officer

Melissa Conner
Chief Advancement Officer

Scott Travasos
Chief Financial Strategy 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
Executive Strategist, Organizational Culture and Engagement

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

Elmy Bermejo

Kate Wright

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