Marty J. Alvarado has been appointed executive vice chancellor for educational services at California Community Colleges.
Alvarado previously was senior director of cross-sector networks at the national organization Jobs for the Future, which focuses on encouraging innovation in education and the workforce. She also served in several senior leadership roles, such as workforce development director and institutional resource development director at Long Beach City College.
Prior to her new role, Alvarado gave support for scaling up regional cross-sector relationships and state systems involved in large scale transformation. Alvarado focused on creating regional ecosystems to support college and career pathways and economic advancement throughout the state. Her work efforts join together a diverse set of stakeholders, K-12 education, employers, colleges and workforce agencies to support K-16 career pathways with a focus on high-demand careers.
As executive vice chancellor for educational services, Alvarado’s duties will include being responsible for agency-wide policies and programs linked to student support, instructional delivery and curriculum with the goal of increasing student completion rates and diminishing achievement gaps as mentioned in the Vision for Success, according to a California Community Colleges release.
“With almost 20 years of experience in higher education and the community college system, Alvarado comes with a track record of innovation and brings expertise in program design, cross-sector community engagement and learning strategies,” Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said.
California Community Colleges is the largest higher education system in the United States, consisting of 73 districts and 115 colleges that annually serve 2.1 million students. The system’s strategic plan Vision for Success was created to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and diminish achievement gaps.
Alvarado earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Whittier College and a master’s degree in philosophy and cultural analysis from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.