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Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Eloy Ortiz Oakley

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley as chancellor for the California Community Colleges beginning December 19, 2016.

Eloy Ortiz Oakley was appointed as the Superintendent-President of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) in 2007. Since his appointment, he has fostered strong relationships with members of the community, state and national policy leaders, his Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff of the college. He has provided statewide and national leadership on the issue of improving the education outcomes of historically underrepresented students. He joined LBCCD in 2002, serving as the assistant superintendent/executive vice president of administrative services. In this capacity, Oakley undertook supervision of the Measure E Bond construction program for the district and oversaw the finances and operations of the district’s two campuses. Before that, he served as the vice president of college services at Oxnard College; the assistant vice president of the Property & Casualty Division of Keenan & Associates and the manager of risk services at the Coast Community College District. Oakley also served as an adjunct faculty member teaching in and coordinating the Environmental Technology Certificate Program at Golden West College.

Partnering with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), Oakley helped form the nationally recognized Long Beach College Promise (College Promise). Through the College Promise, LBUSD administrators and high school teachers work with college faculty and staff to create clear structured pathways for students to follow as they move from one education institution to another.  These pathways prepare LBUSD high school graduates to succeed in college, and College Promise students are guaranteed a tuition-free year at LBCC and preferred admission status to CSULB after completing the transfer requirements. Reports suggest the College Promise measurably reduces demand for college level remediation, increases student persistence rates and creates financial efficiencies so LBCC can educate more students for less money. 

Oakley serves on the boards and committees of the University of California Board of Regents, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the California Forward Leadership Council, the College Futures Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Rotary Club. He sits on the advisory board for the CSULB Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Oakley himself is a community college success story. After serving four years in the U.S. Army, he enrolled at Golden West College. He then transferred to the University of California, Irvine where he received his degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Design and Master of Business Administration.

Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Ramírez

Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Rodríguez
Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Ramírez

Consul Rosas has held a number of positions in the Mexican federal government, serving as head of the federal anti-poverty program Solidaridad in Mexico City; head of the executive management and budget committee of Solidaridad; chief of staff to the Head of Delegations of the Ministry of Social Development; advisor to the Undersecretary of Regional Development in the Ministry of Management and Budget of Mexico; deputy delegate of government and legal affairs for the towns of Coyoacan and Milpa Alta in Mexico City; and advisor to the corporate management office of PEMEX, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company.

He also served as a congressman in the LXI Legislature, as coordinator of the state of San Luis Potosi’s caucus, chairman of the Food Scarcity Commission and a member of the finance commission. He was also clerk to the Second Committee of the Interior in the Federal Senate’s LIV Legislature and chief of staff to the chair of the Justice Commission of Federal Congress in the LII Legislature.

At the state government level, Rosas served as an advisor to the governor of San Luis Potosi, head of the Strategy and Planning, Office of the Governor of Tamaulipas; liaison in Mexico City of the state of San Luis Potosi; and chief of staff to the Representative of the Government of Puebla in Mexico City.

He also held a number of positions in the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) including: political linking coordinator in Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidential campaign; head of alliances of the National Committee; member of the National Commission for Internal Processes; general delegate to Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi; special delegate to the state of Baja California, Guerrero, Nayarit, Hidalgo, Yucatán; and national political adviser.

Hon. John Chiang

John Chiang
Hon. John Chiang

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the state’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in annual transactions, manages a $75 billion investment portfolio, and is the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds.

In addition, he chairs financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds with combined assets exceeding $496 billion.

After his first 24 months as Treasurer, a few of Chiang’s accomplishments include:

Saving the state of California $4.2 billion through refinancing of older debt.1

Cutting red tape and accessing billions in untapped federal resources for the state’s largest affordable housing program, which has led to an 80% increase in the number of homes built or rehabilitated since 2014. Thousands of California’s seniors, veterans, disabled, and working poor will now have a safe, clean place to call home.

Cutting off Wells Fargo from its most profitable lines of business with the State of California after it was found to have fleeced thousands of its customers.  Importantly, states and cities across the country are now following his lead and imposing similar sanctions to send a message that integrity and trust matter.

Building a new online banking system so that 2,450 California public agencies can deposit, withdraw, and invest their money without relying on mid-20th century "fax and phone" methods.

Overseeing the market studies, legal analysis, and design work for the newly created California Secure Choice Retirement Program. Secure Choice, the largest expansion of retirement security since the passage of Social Security in 1935, will give nearly 7 million private sector workers in California a pathway to a dignified retirement.

Sponsoring a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown requiring greater accountability and transparency over how state and local governments borrow and spend taxpayer monies.

Sponsoring a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that imposes the nation’s most robust transparency requirements on fees paid by public pension funds to Wall Street private equity firms.

Upon assuming office, Chiang developed a financial blueprint for the state – sixteen ideas designed to help workers, businesses, and communities. These initiatives (half of which were accomplished in his first 18 months in office) are detailed in "Building California’s Future Begins Today." A whole chapter of the plan focuses on new approaches to maintaining and building bridges, roads, schools and other critical public infrastructure.

Chiang has made transparency a top priority, believing that sharing information with taxpayers enables them to hold government officials accountable. In November 2015, he unveiled DebtWatch, a powerful new website that offers the public user-friendly access to three decades of data related to debt issued by state and local governments. DebtWatch was named "Best Application Serving the Public" at the 2016 California Technology Forum.

Prior to being elected Treasurer, Chiang served from 2007 through 2014 as State Controller. During the Great Recession he took steps to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions – which included delaying payments and issuing IOUs -- were instrumental in keeping the state’s credit rating from plunging into junk status. Chiang’s actions saved taxpayers millions of dollars.

He aggressively used his audit programs to identify more than $9.5 billion of fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, the most by any Controller in California’s history.

Chiang was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 1998 where he served two terms, including three years as chair. He began his career as a tax law specialist with the Internal Revenue Service and previously served as an attorney in the State Controller’s Office.

The son of immigrant parents, Chiang graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance. He received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Hon. Fabian Nuñez

Hon. Fabian Nunez
Hon. Fabian Nunez

Fabian Núñez is a partner of Mercury and the former California Assembly Speaker. He served three two-year terms as a member of the California State Assembly, his final two terms as Speaker, the 66th person to hold that position in California.

Using his influence as a national political figure, Núñez is able to tap into his understanding of political, cultural, commercial, and government dynamics to help advise and guide clients on the best strategies to employ to ensure a desired outcome.

Recognized for his unique ability to lead and find bi-partisan solutions to complex public policy challenges, Núñez was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2007 by Governing Magazine, specifically for his bi-partisan efforts with former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on transportation and infrastructure legislation.

Núñez was listed as one of 2009’s Top 100 Influential Leaders in Hispanic U.S. as well as being featured in Poder’s 2008 Special Edition Black Book.

Núñez authored AB 32, landmark climate change legislation that has become a blueprint for other states and the U.S. Congress in addressing environmental challenges.

As Speaker, he oversaw an annual Assembly budget of approximately $150 million with 1100 employees in over 103 offices statewide. He was also the Assembly’s lead negotiator for four of California’s state budgets, which ranged as high as $103 billion.

From 2000-2002, Núñez was government affairs director for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this capacity, he tackled a broad range of education issues and secured millions of dollars in funding for school construction projects, children’s health insurance, and low-performing schools. Prior to that, from 1996 to 2000, he served as political director for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor where he managed dozens of political campaigns.

Núñez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and served on the University Of California Board Of Regents from 2004-2008. During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, Núñez was a national co-chairman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.