Jorge J.C. Sales
Executive Director of Program Development
Jorge J.C. Sales, Executive Director of Program Development, oversees several programs in the Foundation. Programs under his purview include (1) CollegeBuys, the California Community Colleges' systemwide business and procurement program; (2) Intersegmental Collaboration through the California Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS) initiative; and (3) Equity programs concentrated on statewide student mental health, foster youth, and food insecurity programs. Mr. Sales' work is focused on access, equity, and corporate partnerships – working closely with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and systemwide stakeholders, as well as corporate partners to explore opportunities for continued access for colleges, students, faculty, and staff in California’s public higher education institutions.
Mr. Sales has over 10 years of experience in California’s government and nonprofit sectors, having worked with then-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown in various public affairs capacities in the capitol region, and directing a regional election campaign for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Sales received his bachelor's in economics, and his juris doctor and masters in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Director of CollegeBuys
Jennifer Keiper serves as Director of CollegeBuys, overseeing the program’s business operations. She works closely with purchasing and facilities departments across the 72 districts to ensure their needs are being reflected in the program’s piggybackable agreements, as well as with corporate and intersegmental partners to increase access and cost-savings for the community colleges.
Jennifer has over seven years of experience in California’s public sector, six of which have been dedicated to contracting in higher education within the CCC and UC systems. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Pre-Law, and her juris doctor in public interest from UC Davis School of Law.
Director of Collaborative Services
Elaine Reodica is Director of Collaborative Services at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, expertly leading development opportunities for CollegeBuys. Reodica cultivates, strengthens, and expands innovative strategic partnerships that promote student and institutional equity and result in greater value for the community college system.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Reodica held key leadership roles in investment banking, philanthropy, and business development. A community college alumna, Reodica attended Pasadena City College. She earned her bachelor of arts in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her master of arts in communication management from the University of Southern California. Additionally, Reodica completed a fundraising certificate from the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education (LDPHE), and holds a FINRA SEC Series 63 license.
Program Development Specialist
Brett Chaponot serves as Program Development Specialist to the CollegeBuys team, supporting business operations and streamlining efficiencies. Brett serves as the secondary lead for the program’s institutional piggybackable agreements, and vets new potential institutional partners based on systemwide need.
Brett has spent the past five years serving different capacities in the non-profit sector. He started his higher learning at Santa Barbara City College and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Jennifer Le serves as Program Coordinator to the CollegeBuys team. She provides support for CollegeBuys technology contracts with ESRI and Blackboard, the concierge services overseeing all stakeholder support functions, coordinates awareness activities for Business Development, and maintains the departmental Client Relations Management (CRM) system.
Jennifer has over four years of experience in the non-profit sector and started with the Foundation’s Community Impact Department before continuing her growth with the CollegeBuys team. Jennifer is a Sacramento native and earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento.
Kaitlyn Bigoni serves as Program Coordinator to the CollegeBuys team, supporting contract development and business operations. She works closely with corporate partners in contract assembly and RFP bidding processes. Kaitlyn provides support to California Community College districts with all aspects of purchasing needs.
Kaitlyn recently transitioned to the public sector after practicing law as a litigation attorney for four years. Kaitlyn earned both her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from the University of California, Davis. While working as an attorney, she specialized in insurance defense, handling cases from onset until settlement.
Christopher Pogué serves as Program Assistant to the CollegeBuys team. He provides logistical support for special projects, and customer support to the students, faculty, and staff accessing systemwide discounts from the CollegeBuys online retail store.
Christopher recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and a minor in Business. Christopher began as a Student Assistant for Equity programs at the Foundation for California Community Colleges and has since transitioned to the CollegeBuys Department. His introduction to the nonprofit sector was through his work in community organizing, where he provided resources to alleviate food insecurity and support utility advocacy.
Nouriyah Saleh, Program Assistant for CollegeBuys, performs administrative functions for the team. She provides contract support to districts and corporate partners through the CollegeBuys Concierge Service, and supports day-to-day operations.
Nouriyah recently graduated in June 2019 from UC Davis where she earned her bachelor's degree in International Relations. At UC Davis, she worked as a Tech Hub Assistant for the campus bookstore during her third year, and then transitioned to working as an Administrative Assistant for the UC Davis Center for Student Involvement for her fourth year.
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