Van Ton-Quinlivan is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with a proven record for guiding and implementing large organizational change while fostering a culture of experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Her distinguished career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Most recently, Van served as the executive vice chancellor of Workforce and Digital Futures of the California Community Colleges, the largest higher education system in the nation with 115 institutions. As an appointee of Governor Brown, she grew public investments from $100 million to more than $1 billion during her tenure by establishing workforce as a state policy priority.
Prior to her higher education role, Van oversaw workforce development for Pacific Gas & Electric. In 2013, she was named a White House Champion of Change in recognition of her notable career in industry and education, as well as for her service as a community leader. She received the California Steward Leader Award in 2017. Van is a frequent speaker on workforce development and has been quoted in numerous publications including The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Van earned her master’s degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She serves on the boards of the National Skills Coalition, Western Governors University, and California Forward, and advises education-focused venture fund Achieve Partners.
Denise Brosseau is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in both for-profit and non-profit settings. Previously, Denise was the founding CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, a trade association for women founded and led companies that she grew to seven offices and 1,200 members across the U.S. She is also the co-founder of Springboard, the start-up launchpad that has helped over 700 women entrepreneurs raise more than $10B in financing for their businesses.
A Wellesley graduate with an MBA from Stanford, Denise started her career in the technology industry with leadership roles at Motorola, Broderbund Software and Kensington. A longtime keynote speaker, she is also the author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader? and was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House.
Anthony Dalton has more than 20 years of data, IT, and business systems management experience in various industries. He served as both chief operating officer and chief data scientist at Educational Results Partnership (ERP). During his tenure at ERP, he was responsible for the development and operation of the Cal-PASS Plus system and creation of the LaunchBoard, a data system that serves more than 2 million students and practitioners. Anthony serves as an education researcher with the University of Texas at Austin and built out a statewide linked relational database that leverages 100% of student-level and worker-level data for Texas.
Anthony is a Microsoft-certified database administrator and Microsoft-certified systems engineer. He earned both his master’s degree in data science and bachelor’s degree in computer science from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Alan Chan has fifteen years of experience conducting diversity and equity research in health, mental health, and education. His research spanned topics such as the development of culturally-competent prevention and treatment to reduce health and mental health disparities, diversity and student success in higher education, and multiple measures college placement.
He was lead data scientist for the LaunchBoard Community College Pipeline, a program evaluation and planning tool for all colleges and programs of study in the California Community Colleges system. Alan has a range of expertise in social science research, survey methodology, cross-cultural measurement, assessment, statistics, as well as big data methods to glean insights from statewide, longitudinal education and workforce data.
Alan holds a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Tyson Conn has over fifteen years of dynamic technical experience in network systems, infrastructure planning and development, and operations management and support. Tyson has developed and implemented IT policies and procedures including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing, and service provision for organizations ranging from 20 – 10,000 employees. Tyson’s strong technical knowledge in combination with his evaluative and problem-solving ability has led to the successful implementation and management of a multitude of IT activities across a variety of organizations.
Keya Matthews has over seven years of experience in the medical field, both in the private and public sectors. In her most recent role at UC Davis Health, her role included patient case management and placement outreach for hard to place cases. Keya has received several Excellence Awards for her contribution to process improvements, surpassing expectations, and assisting to reduce length of stay and readmission. Prior to that, she held administrative roles in an internal medicine private practice. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CSU Sacramento and her healthcare credentials from MTI College.
Steve Mendoza is a web development professional with extensive experience in information technology developing both front-end applications and back-end databases. He has a proven ability to facilitate operationally efficient results through successful optimization of processes and programs. Adept at developing enterprise automated data integration solutions that increase productivity. He is a results-driven and strategic member of both small business and large corporation developer teams.
Tessa Miley has more than 12 years of experience in workforce and career education development. She has a strong commitment to community and social services and is proficient in grant writing, facilitation, project management, and public speaking.
Most recently, Tessa was the Chair of the North Far North Regional Consortium for the California Community Colleges system, hosted at Butte College, where she supported the work of career education programs at 15 community colleges. During her tenure, she partnered with key stakeholders to incubate, sustain, and spin-off partnerships between industry and higher education. She collaborated with regional workforce and economic development networks and developed opportunities to engage community colleges in advancing the region’s prosperity.
Tessa earned her master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University, and received her bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from California State University, Chico.
Nita Patel has more than 20 years of experience in project management, and federal and state fiscal, budget, grants and contracts monitoring and oversight in both private and public sectors. She is a strategic and analytic thinker who is adept at reviewing processes and creating system-wide efficiencies to improve operations.
Most recently Nita was manager, for the Workforce and Economic Development Division at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. During her tenure she was responsible for the management and oversight of $1.2 billion in funding annually and reporting aspects of the state and federal funding sources. In addition, Nita provided a clear and concise audit trail to support state and federal grants totaling more than $200 million. She was project manager for the NOVA platform since its inception in 2016, which allows the California Community College System to plan and invest over $3.2 billion in projects and provides transparency to all stakeholders. She was also instrumental in the implementation of e-signature technology for the agency, and managed the day-to-day division operations and the grants and contracts administration team.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with honors from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.