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Foundation for California Community Colleges announces expansion of board of directors

Christopher Cabaldon, Henry Ramos, Gary Reed and Ellen Sloan bring expertise in higher education and philanthropy to board

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March 4, 2010 – The Foundation for California Community Colleges—the nonprofit auxiliary to the nation’s largest system of higher education—has announced the appointment of four new members to its board of directors: Christopher Cabaldon, mayor of West Sacramento and director of the Blueprint for Community College Student Success at the New America Foundation; Henry Ramos and Gary Reed, both California Community College Board of Governors members; and Ellen Sloan, a senior philanthropic advisor with Bank of America. Each will serve on the board for a six-year term.

“The Foundation for California Community Colleges is in the midst of a number of important initiatives, not the least of which is the largest fundraising campaign in our system’s history. The expansion of our board of directors is critical to the Foundation’s continued success, and the expertise of our new directors will no doubt benefit our organization as we continue to grow and diversify our efforts to support California’s Community Colleges,” said Foundation President and CEO Paul Lanning, Ed.D.

As the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation oversees a number of efforts that benefit California’s 112 community colleges. Activities include managing grants and contracts on behalf of the system, supporting individual colleges and districts in a number of areas, and overseeing the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment, which provides permanent scholarship support to community college students and involves an unprecedented campaign to raise $50 million as a system by June 2011.

Each of the Foundation’s new directors brings to the board significant experience in the education, philanthropic and finance arenas. They join existing board members Janice Dehesh (chair),  Patricia Sullivan, James Sargen, Mario Camara and George Caplan.

About the Board Members
Christopher Cabaldon has served since 1998 as mayor of West Sacramento, and is currently vice chair for education at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. His professional career in California education spans more than two decades, including serving as chief consultant to the Assembly Higher Education Committee and chief of staff to the Assembly Appropriations Committee chairwoman. He also served five years as vice chancellor of the California Community Colleges—overseeing the areas of public affairs, governmental advocacy and intersegmental relations, among others—prior to joining EdVoice, which advocates K-12 policy reform, as its president and CEO. Cabaldon is currently director of the Blueprint for Community College Student Success project for the New America Foundation’s California Education Program, and co-director of the California Legislative Staff Education Institute in partnership with California Forward. He has a B.S. in environmental economics from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy & Administration degree from CSU Sacramento.

“The California Community Colleges are the engine of economic prosperity and social mobility in our state, thanks in part to the services and innovation of the Foundation. I look forward to helping the Foundation in its critical role as a lever to maximize the success of the colleges and our students,” noted Cabaldon on his appointment.

Henry A.J. Ramos of San Luis Obispo, an appointed member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for the 2009-2015 term, is an independent consultant to leading U.S. foundations and nonprofit organizations, and an artist, author and editor affiliated with cultural and higher educational institutions in California, Texas and New York. Since 1995, he has served as principal of Mauer Kunst Consulting, a philanthropic advising firm. Previously, Ramos served the James Irvine Foundation as program officer for civic culture, worked as a fellow in the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program in Germany, and was an independent foundation consultant. His experience also includes serving as assistant program officer for governance and public policy at the Ford Foundation and as special assistant to the national chairman for the American G.I. Forum of the United States (the nation’s leading organization of Hispanic veterans). A graduate of UC Berkeley and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (where he founded the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy), Ramos was recently named by Latino Leaders magazine as one of the nation’s 101 most influential Hispanics.

Of his appointment to the Foundation’s board, Ramos stated, “California Community Colleges have never before played such an important role in shaping our state’s economic and social vitality. It is an ideal and essential time, therefore, to attract additional support and partnerships on behalf of the system. I am eager to work with the Foundation to expand public and private investment in our most precious resource, our students.”

Gary Reed is a Porterville resident and an appointed member of the Board of Governors until 2015. He has been a partner in the investment management firm of Reed, Shoemaker & Brookshire since 1993. He previously served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Bill Jones from 1991 to 1992 and as a Tulare County Supervisor from 1988 to 1990. Reed also serves on the Foundation for California Community College’s investment committee, a volunteer body made up of community leaders and finance professionals charged with the responsibility of directing and monitoring the management of the Foundation’s investment portfolio. Additionally, Reed is a member of the Porterville Chamber of Commerce and member of the Tulare County Retirement Board.

Reed cites the California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment and associated fundraising campaign among the primary reasons for his interest in becoming more involved with the Foundation. “I have seen first-hand the impact that the Endowment has had on students most in need of financial support as they work to realize their educational goals. In my work with the Foundation, I hope to continue to raise the profile of this initiative and help the system in reaching its goal of raising $50 million by June 2011.”

Ellen Sloan, of Los Angeles, is a senior philanthropic advisor in the philanthropic management group within Bank of America and works exclusively with individuals and their private foundations to build and sustain their philanthropic missions. Her prior roles within Bank of America include serving as a private client advisor, focusing on serving charitable organizations, family offices and affluent women, and as west regional director of Wealth Management Consulting, where she worked with individuals to achieve their financial, wealth transfer and charitable goals. Prior to joining Bank of America, Sloan was director of financial planning services at City National Bank and director of family wealth planning at Grant Thornton, LLP, a national accounting firm.  She also spent four years running her family’s electronics business and five years in corporate finance, and served as a tax manager with Price Waterhouse. Sloan is a graduate of Occidental College with an AB degree in biochemistry, and she earned an MBA from the University of Southern California.  She is a certified public accountant and certified financial planner. 

Regarding her appointment to the board, Sloan commented, “In my work with donors and nonprofits in education, I have a strong affinity for the California Community College system, which opens the doors of opportunity for many students who would otherwise not have access to higher education. I look forward to serving on the Foundation’s board and being able to champion the important role community colleges play for our state and its future workforce.”

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