Restaurateur brings expertise in entrepreneurship and workforce training to statewide education foundation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—January 16, 2018—Renowned Sacramento restaurateur Patrick Mulvaney has joined the Foundation for California Community Colleges’ (Foundation) Board of Directors. The appointment to a four-year term was approved today during a meeting of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
Mulvaney brings to the board expertise in marketing and community engagement, business management, and entrepreneurship. Mulvaney has over a decade of service working with community college, K-12, and non-profit education training programs. Mulvaney has worked with American River College to develop the “Train the Trainer” program which trains culinary students to shop for and create affordable, healthful, and flavorful meals and then pass the training on to the region’s high school students. He also serves on the Los Rios Community College District Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Keetha Mills, Foundation president and CEO said, “Mr. Mulvaney’s business acumen is second only to his passion for lifting others up through education and training. His commitment to building stronger, more vibrant communities in California makes him an excellent addition to our board.”
The Sacramento chef and farm-to-fork champion has served on the Foundation’s Programs Advisory committee since 2016. During his time on the committee, Mulvaney worked with Foundation President and CEO Keetha Mills to advise the Board of Directors on new, existing, and historical Foundation programs.
“Many of Mulvaney’s B&L employees got their start at a community college, and I’m pleased to be a part of an organization whose programs and services impact more than two million students across the state,” said Mulvaney. “Community colleges offer the hope of a brighter future for every member of the communities they serve.”
In addition to his work with the California Community Colleges, he has been a leader in the Sacramento region through work with the Edible Sacramento Program at Sac High and Plates Cafe, a workforce training program of St. John’s Program for Real Change. Mulvaney currently serves on the executive committee of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Board of Directors. He serves on the advisory boards for Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UCD and American Farmland Trust and is an active member of the Chef Action Network of the James Beard Foundation, Food Policy Action and Roots of Change.
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.