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.
Jennifer Keiper serves as Senior Specialist to the CollegeBuys Program. Ms. Keiper works closely with the community college districts in identifying procurement opportunities that leverage the purchasing power of the system, provides updates on new program offerings, and obtains regular feedback about CollegeBuys. She serves as the program’s first point of contact for inquiries regarding the Foundation’s institutional piggybackable contracts, and works with the program’s vendor partners to ensure the specific needs of the districts utilizing and evaluating Foundation contracts are met.
Ms. Keiper graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's in political science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and received her juris doctor with a public interest certification from University of California, Davis.
Senior Program Specialist
Jorge Burwick, CollegeBuys Program Specialist, manages CollegeBuys technology contracts, which provide systemwide cost savings on enterprise level software, hardware, and technology infrastructure. He also manages the CollegeBuys e-store, which provides affordable access to essential technology tools for students, faculty, and staff.
Jorge has over 10 years of experience in higher education, and has committed himself to working with projects that focus on equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Foundation, he managed student programs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities where he was responsible for corporate relations and campus outreach. Jorge is a native Texan and earned his bachelor's from Trinity University and master's from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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 5 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.
As the Program Specialist for the CollegeBuys program, Terisa Watanabe oversees the day-to-day operations of the department. Ms. Watanabe assists with technology and transactional offerings and is the point of contact for customer inquiries. She also works closely with the Chief Operations Officer and Executive Director of Program Development.
Ms. Watanabe has 10 years of experience in fundraising, donor services, and marketing. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Sacramento.
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