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Van Ton-Quinlivan | Executive Vice Chancellor (Emeritus) of Workforce and Digital Futures, California Community Colleges

Current Position and Past Experience
Van Ton-Quinlivan currently serves as Executive-in-Residence at the Institute for the Future. She's focused on examining issues influencing the Future of Work, especially around the impact technology on learners, education institutions, employment and social cohesion.

Ton-Quinlivan entered this role after seven year with California Community Colleges, where she most recently served as Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Digital Futures, and currently holds an Emeritus title. In this role, Ton-Quinlivan, a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development, set strategies and priorities for California Community Colleges’ workforce mission and its technology and data portfolio. Her divisions invested an estimated $1.2B in annual federal and state funding towards policy and program priorities in support of California’s 114 community colleges, the largest and most complex higher education system in the nation.

Before joining Californa Community Colleges, Ton-Quinlivan was Director of Workforce Development for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. From 2006 to 2007, Ton Quinlivan held the position of Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of PG&E Corporation. One year earlier, Ton-Quinlivan took on the role of Vice President of Internet Marketing at Knowledge Universe. In 1997 Ton-Quinlivan was the Director of Strategic Marketing for Digital Island until 1999.

Ton-Quinlivan has published articles for publications such as Brookings Institution, US News and World Report and Fresno Bee. For five years, Ton-Quinlivan has held the position of Board Vice President and Member of the National Skills Coalition. Ton-Quinlivan is also an active member of the California Council on Science and Technology, the National Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, and the International Women’s Forum. Ton-Quinlivan served as Co-Chair of the 2013-14 Workforce Action Team at the California Economic Summit.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Ton-Quinlivan earned her B.S and B.A. in Marketing and Psychology from Georgetown University. She earned her IWF Certificate in Executive Management from Harvard University. In 1995, Ton-Quinlivan earned her MBA in Business Administration and her MA in Education Policy from Stanford University.

In 2013, Ton-Quinlivan was awarded the White House Champion of Change. One year later, Ton-Quinlivan was honoured to sign President Obama’s Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act at the White House. In 2015, Ton-Quinlivan received the Kudos Recognition for Job Creation from California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

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