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Van Ton-Quinlivan


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 TimesU.S. News & World Reportand 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.