Author Profile

Van Ton-Quinlivan | Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development, California Community Colleges

Current Position and Past Experience
Van Ton-Quinlivan is Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development of California’s Community Colleges, the division that administers funding to advance the workforce mission across California’s 113 community colleges, one of the largest and most complex higher education systems in the nation.

Appointed by the Governor in 2011, Van Ton-Quinlivan’s leadership focus is Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy with the goal of improving workforce outcomes for California’s 2.1 million community college students and fueling strong regional economies.

In 2014-15, she spearheaded the Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy, bringing together industry, labor, social justice, public workforce agencies, and youth advocates to work together with community college leaders to develop a set of “strong workforce” policy recommendations to close the gap on the industry-valued “middle-skill” credentials needed by California. The resulting 25 recommendations were unanimously adopted by the Board of Governors in the fall of 2015.

Ton-Quinlivan was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 for her distinguished career in industry, education, and service as a community leader. She is also vice chair of the National Skills Coalition, co-chair of the Workforce Action Team of the California Economic Summit, serves on the California Council on Science and Technology, and served on the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Closing the Skills Gap Implementation Team. Most recently, she participated in Tom Steyer’s Fair Shake Commission on Inequality and Opportunity in California to examine policy strategies to close the state’s income inequality gap.

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.

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.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Van Ton-Quinlivan resides in California with her husband and two children.

You can connect with Van Ton-Quinlivan on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @WorkforceVan.