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Dr. Yasmin Davidds Joins the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ Board of Directors

Dr. Davidds brings experience in leadership and negotiation skills within business and Latinx communities to non-profit seeking to double its impact serving community colleges

Geneve Villacres headshotSACRAMENTO, Calif.—November 15, 2018—Dr. Yasmin Davidds, Founder and CEO of the Multicultural Women’s Executive Leadership Institute and Founder and President of the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, has joined the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) Board of Directors. The appointment to a four-year term was approved yesterday during a meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. 

Yasmin is an Organizational Psychologist whose extensive and multi-faceted career has focused on entrepreneurship, negotiation skills, and leadership cultivation, with a particular focus on empowering and developing members of disadvantaged communities, including women. Her career has sought to advance the role of women within professional, academic, and corporate settings, and her work has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, the California State Senate, and the California State Assembly. She is seen as an industry leader in training, facilitation, and instructional design, and to date, Yasmin has worked with more than 2,000 corporate leaders in 200 blue chip companies located in 22 different countries. 

In 2011, Yasmin founded the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, an organization dedicated to the teaching, instruction, and development of women’s negotiating skills and business expertise. In 2013, Yasmin developed and launched the first Latin Global Executive Leadership Program in partnership with the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, of which she is an alumna. Now a Professor of Leadership in partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business, Yasmin regularly teaches leadership and negotiation courses at University of California San Diego’s Rady’s School of Management Executive Education, in addition to having previously taught at Microsoft’s Leadership Academy. 

Keetha Mills, Foundation president and CEO said, “Dr. Davidds’ experience developing and empowering leaders reflective of our communities makes her an excellent addition to our board as the Foundation seeks to double its impact, increasing opportunity and improving outcomes for all Californians.”

In addition to her other roles, Yasmin has served as a board member for numerous organizations, including the Los Angeles Inter-Agency Council on Abuse and Neglect of Children (ICAN); SDSU’s Finance Board and Associated Students; Power 106 Knowledge is Power Foundation; Hispanas Organized Political Equality (HOPE); California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; USC Latino Alumni Association; and CIT/ONEWEST Bank Community Advisory Council.

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The Foundation for California Community Colleges is the official nonprofit foundation to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors and Chancellor's Office. The Foundation's mission is to benefit, support, and enhance the missions of the California Community Colleges system, the largest higher education system in the nation. Incorporated in 1998, the Foundation works to benefit all California Community College students, colleges, college foundations, and the system as a whole by strengthening communities, accelerating paths to economic and social mobility, and reducing barriers to opportunities for all Californians.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation and receives no direct state or public support. For more information, visit www.foundationccc.org.

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