Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named President and CEO of College Futures Foundation

Eloy Ortiz Oakley has been name the new President & CEO of College Futures Foundation. Oakley is a devoted champion for equitable student opportunity and an unparalleled leader in higher education—serving most recently as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, a senior higher education adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education, and member of the University of California Board of Regents.

Oakley has a well-deserved reputation as an equity champion whose innovative programs and policies have helped hundreds of thousands of students succeed. He is known for forging productive relationships between K-12, community colleges, CSU, UC, civic and workforce leaders, and policymakers. Guided by his dedication to student success and economic opportunity, he inspires those who work with him never to accept the status quo so long as equity gaps and outsized obstacles for underrepresented students persist.

Previously, Oakley was superintendent and president of the Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD), where he helped launch the Long Beach College Promise Program, a compact that outlined clear pathways from high school to Long Beach Community College and Cal State Long Beach. He also previously worked as LBCCD’s executive vice president of administrative services as well as vice president of college services at Oxnard College.

“College Futures is actively working, along with our grantee partners, to build the equitable education system of the future so that every student can achieve their dreams and participate in an inclusive and robust economy. That work is deeply personal,” said Oakley. “As a first-generation college student from a Mexican-American family, I can tell you that traditional college onramps and complicated transfer requirements were not designed for students like me. I look forward to my new role with the Foundation. Strategic philanthropy plays a uniquely powerful, vital part in catalyzing systemic change—from providing visionary thought partnership, research, and resources, to supporting new models, to pushing educational leaders and institutions to be more innovative.”

WittKieffer’s Zachary Smith, Ph.D.,, Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton led this search.

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