We’ve made huge changes in the way we think and do things out on the shop floor as a result of working with the CACT, and we can measure the tangible improvements.”

Rod Smith, Vice President
Bayless Engineering



A key success factor for BE Aerospace was that we could comply with the quality certification requirements, improve the skills of our existing workforce, and achieve results quickly at minimal costs. The CACT team was very knowledgeable, willing, and capable of understanding our needs, and working with us to achieve results.”

Julio Perez
BE Aerospace



The CACT has developed an outstanding training program for us with exceptional instructors. The participants have been thrilled with it, and the graduates are performing well. The product of these training classes will be the next generation Lockheed Martin employee.”

Steve Haydu
Manager of Labor Relations
Lockheed Martin, Palmdale



The skills gap is real. Technology advances and people retiring are opening up jobs that need skilled workers. You don’t necessarily need a college education to find a great job, but some post-secondary and certification is needed and the community colleges offer that avenue.”

Tony Sciarra
Program Manager for Vocational and Trade Schools
Tesla Motors



Meet our Advisory Board

Economic & Workforce Development Program Advisory Committees
Strategic Direction and Focus


The Economic Development Program Advisory Committee (EDPAC) and Workforce & Economic Performance Advisory Committee (WEDPAC) are bodies that advise the Economic & Workforce Development Program. EDPAC is complemented by WEDPAC. While EDPAC meets the statutory requirements of Senate Bill 1402, WEDPAC is be leveraged to advise the Chancellor’s Office as it executes on the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework. Both advisory committees meet conjointly. Each of these seats carries roles, responsibilities and a commitment of time.

Meeting Schedule, Agendas & Minutes

Meet our Members

WEDPAC Members 2017

  • Barbara Baran – Principal, EDGE Coalition
    Policy Advocate
  • Gustavo Herrera – Western Regional Director, Young Invincibles
    Policy Advocate
  • Jack Buckhorn – Business Manager, BEW Local 551
  • James Lanich – President & CEO, Educational Results Partnership
  • Jamey NyeTerm ends December 2018
    CTE Regional Consortia Co-Chair – North Far North Region, Doing What MATTERS for Jobs & the Economy
    Community College: DWM CTE Regional Consortia
  • Jessica Garcia-Kohl – Vice President of City Development, LRNG
  • Jim CaldwellTerm ends December 2018
    Statewide Sector Navigator for Energy, Construction & Utilities, Doing What MATTERS for Jobs & the Economy
    Community College: DWM Sector Navigator
  • John Freitas – Treasurer, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
    Community College: Statewide Academic Senate
  • Joyce Johnson – Dean, Career Technical Education / Nursing & Allied Health, Mt. San Jacinto College
    Community College: CTE Dean
  • Judy Miner – Chancellor, Foothill-DeAnza Community College District
    Community College: CTE Dean
  • Kimberly Hoffman – Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ventura College
    Community College: Chief Instructional Officer
  • Linda Wah – Board of Trustee, Pasadena Community College District
    Community College: Trustee
  • Lorraine Slatterly-Farrell – At Large Representative, Mt. San Jacinto College
    Community College: Statewide Academic Senate
  • Patricia de Cos – Deputy Executive Director, California Board of Education
    K-12 Policy
  • Rebecca Miller – Workforce Director, SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
  • Susan Hackwood – Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology
  • Santanu Bandyopadhyay – Executive Vice President, Education Programs/Student Services, Cypress College – Community College: Student Support Services

EDPAC* Members 2017

*Only EDPAC is subject to Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2004

  • Bernie Kotlier – Executive Director, Sustainable Energy Solutions
    Industry: Energy, Construction & Utilities
  • Bill Scroggins – President & CEO, Mt. San Antonio College
    Community College: CEO – Los Angeles
  • Brian McKeown – Oakland Lead, Kiva
    Industry: Small Business
  • Carole Goldsmith – President, West Hills College-Coalinga
    Community College: CEO – Central Valley/Mother Lode
  • Cathy Martin – Vice President of Workforce, California Hospital Association
    Industry: Health
  • Chris Flask – Manager, Genentech, Inc.
    Industry: Life Science/Biotech
  • Dave Meisel – Director Transportation Services, PG&E
    Industry: Advanced Transportation
  • Dianne Van Hook – Chancellor, Santa Clarita Community College District
    Community College: CEO – South Central
  • Douglas Houston– Chancellor, Yuba Community College District
    Community College: CEO – North Far North
  • Dylan Hendricks – Program Director, Institute for the Future
    Industry: Information & Communications Technology / Digital Media
  • Ed Knudson – CEO, Antelope Valley College
    Community College: CEO – Inland Empire
  • Frank Chong – President/Superintendent, Santa Rosa College
    Community College: CEO – Bay Region
  • James Mayer – President & CEO, CAFWD
    Economic Development
  • Keerthana Muthukrishnan – System Affairs Director, Region IV
    Community College: Student Senate
  • Leigh-Anne Elizondo – Interim Lead Interpreter, Ohlone College
    Community College: Classified
  • Lynn Mohrfeld– President/CEO, California Hotel & Lodging Association
    Industry: Retail, Tourism & Hospitality
  • Mary Kimball – Executive Director, Center for Land Based Learning
    Industry: Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies
  • Raul Rodriguez – Chancellor, Rancho Santiago Community College District
    Community College: CEO – Orange County
  • Richard Swanson – Regional Director, U.S. Department of Commerce
    Industry: Global Trade & Logistics
  • Rob Sanger – Manager of Training Services, CA Manufacturing & Technology Association
    Industry: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Sunita Cooke – President & Superintendent, MiraCosta Community College District
    State Agencies on WIOA Implementation Committee
  • TBD – Community College: Faculty