The Community College League of California is made up of a small, but mighty team that is dedicated to serving our members – California's 73 community college districts. If you have any questions about the League, do not hesitate to contact someone from our team.
Larry Galizio has served as the President & CEO of the Community College League of California since 2015. Prior to becoming League CEO, Dr. Galizio served 5 years as President of Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon. Before that, Dr. Galizio was the Director for Strategic Planning in the Chancellor’s Office for the Oregon University System, as well as Director of Speech & Debate and Full-Time faculty member at Portland Community College for 16 years.
Dr. Galizio is co-author of the textbook: Elements of Parliamentary Debate: A Guide to Public Argument, and of the first comprehensive history of California Community Colleges: A College for All Californians: A History of the California Community Colleges. In 2004, Dr. Galizio was elected to the Oregon Legislative Assembly where he served 3 terms – including stints as Chair of the Ways & Means Education Committee responsible for all of the public education budgets in the State.
Dr. Galizio earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from San Francisco State, and his doctorate from the School of Urban & Public Affairs at Portland State University.
Lisa Mealoy serves as the League’s Chief Operating Officer as well as overseeing the District Services, Events, Corporate Partners and Sponsorship departments. Before joining the League in 2016, Lisa served as the Executive Director of The Friends of Sutter’s Fort, overseeing the operations, community relations, fundraising and public-private partnerships. She holds an Masters in Business administration and Bachelors in Political Science.
Agnes joined the League in November of 2016 and brings a strong desire to work on behalf of community colleges where service is central to the mission of the work. She currently serves as the League's Senior Executive Assistant. In this role she supports the League’s CEO, the two policy boards, California Community College Trustees (CCCT) Board, the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC) Board, and the League’s operational board, the League Board of Directors. She previously worked at the Santa Monica College (SMC) Foundation as their Operations & Project Manager. Agnes is a native of Poland and a UC Davis alumnus.
Sarah Kiesling joined the League in 2002 as a parttime Fiscal Clerk. During this time, Sarah was completing her AS in Business from Sacramento City College, where she graduate in 2005. She graduated from Sacramento State University in 2007 with a double major, Bachelor of Finance and Risk Management and Insurance. In 2008 Sarah joined the League fulltime as the Assistant Director of Fiscal Services. After getting married in 2009 and having a beautiful daughter in 2011, Sarah decided to continue her education. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Accountancy from National University. Sarah became the League Finance Director in 2016 to early 2019, where she then became the League Chief Financial Officer. She oversees the financial actions of the organization, relating to cash flow, financial planning, taxation, and more. She is currently pursuing her CMA license, with anticipated completion in 2023.
Deborah Adkins joined the Community College League of California as a temporary employee in February 2016, in the Fiscal Department as the Accounts Receivable Specialist. In July of 2016 Deborah was hired as a permanent employee. Deborah also supports the CFO in various duties, including audits, Library Services, supporting Fiscal Agent responsibilities and Caucus support. Additional duties include the property management of 2017 O Street. Deborah comes from a background in Banking and Property Management. Deborah has held several positions on the Boards of various Homeowners Associations, and briefly sat on the Future Foundation Board.
Michael Alexander joined the Community College League of California as a temporary employee in February 2022, in the Fiscal Department as the Accounts Payable Specialist. In November of 2022, Michael was hired as a permanent employee. Michael supports the CFO in various duties, including audits, Edge Grants, and Bank Reconciliations. Michael Alexander has bookkeeping experience as well as a degree in Business Admin with a Concentration in Accountancy from Sacramento State University. Michael loves numbers and puzzles and has future goals of becoming a CPA.
Education Services and Leadership Development
Carmen Sandoval joined the League in 2008. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Leadership Development. In this role, Ms. Sandoval plans, implements, and coordinates the education and leadership development activities of the League. She oversees the Excellence in Trusteeship Program, the CEO Strategic Leadership Program, as well as the Aspiring CEO Program, and has been instrumental in developing new programs with the ACES and CSLP Advisory Committees.
She began her career in the community college system as a work study student at El Camino College. As a first generation American and college student, she completed an MBA in General Management from CSU Dominguez Hills, a BA in Communications emphasis Public Relations with an Economic Minor from Chapman University, and an AA in Liberal Arts from Marymount College.
Sylvia Escalante Harris
Sylvia Escalante Harris joined the Community College League of California in May 2019, in Education Services and Leadership Development as an associate. Sylvia supports the director in various duties, that includes working with the advisory committees; CSLP and ACES, The Effective Trusteeship Program, monthly webinars and supporting events. Sylvia comes from a background in small business. Sylvia currently serves as an advisory board member for the Greater Sacramento FCA and Kaiser Permanente Patient and Family Centered Care.
Yesenia Sandoval López
Yesenia Sandoval Lopez joined the League in October of 2022 as the League’s Education Programs Manager. Prior to this, she was part of another non-profit, the Center for Engaged Scholarship for over six years. She has both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from CSU, Sacramento. Yesenia grew up in Southern California but after 20 years in the region, she calls Sacramento her home. Yesenia is the eldest daughter of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to attend college. She is passionate about higher education being equitable, accessible, and affordable for everyone in her community. In addition to being the education programs manager with the League, Yesenia is also a sociology adjunct professor at the local community college, American River.
Dr. Jane B. Wright is the Director, Policy and Procedure Services for the Community College League of California (League). She manages the California Policy & Procedure Subscription Service, the Federally-Compliant Policy Program with policy/procedure sample documents applicable to community colleges in the other 49 states, and the Annual Executive Assistants Workshop (EAW). She has been a full-time employee of the League since January 2019 and coordinated the Policy & Procedure Service as a consultant for the League from 2004 - 2018. She has presented sessions at the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) national conferences in 2019 and 2021 and conducted numerous workshops at California and Oregon community college conferences.
Dr. Wright has also worked individually with 30 community college districts (including ten multi-college districts and 20 single college districts) on updating/revising their board policies and administrative procedures for legal compliance and to prepare for accreditation visits.
She graduated from Oregon State University’s Community College Leadership doctoral program in 2002. Her dissertation titled “Baldrige Educational Quality Criteria as Another Model for Accreditation in American Community Colleges” used both qualitative and quantitative measures and included a nationwide sample of 202 community college leaders who were currently using quality principles and processes on their campuses. A total of 34 community colleges from 15 states were included in her doctoral dissertation study.
In addition, Dr. Wright holds a Master’s of Science Degree in School Counseling (with an emphasis on Community College Counseling) from the University of La Verne, a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology with special emphasis in Business Management from the University of California at Irvine (U.C.I.), and completed graduate level coursework in the Teacher Education Program at California State Polytechnic University, (Cal Poly) Pomona. She also took summer term courses at Mt. San Antonio Community College (Mt. SAC). Thus, she completed coursework at all four segments of higher education in California as well as an out-of-state university.
Dr. Wright also served as an affiliate faculty member for Oregon State University’s College of Education from July 2010 – December 2014. In this capacity, she served as a faculty member on doctoral dissertation committees for student candidates.
From 1987 to 2003, Dr. Wright held several managerial leadership positions at Mt. SAC including Accreditation Liaison Officer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, and Director of School and College Relations. Her areas of responsibility included: accreditation, marketing, media relations, special event planning, disaster/emergency preparedness, and quality improvement. She also served on five accreditation visiting teams.
Amy Beadle serves as the League’s Library Consortium Director, overseeing the electronic database purchasing program and the Library Services Platform program. Amy is a CSU, Chico Alumni and came to the League in 2020 after working in statewide technology projects for several years, as well as a long career in local government. She is an avid reader—not surprising, given her work in the library community—and is passionate about providing equitable access to diversified resources to all of our system’s students. She has a son and daughter, dabbles in photography as a hobby and currently serves as her area’s National Charity League President Elect.
Marissa Jackson currently serves as the League's Consortium Account Specialist. In this role, she is the bridge between the library consortium software tool and the fiscal services department – communicating when two non-integrated software platforms cannot. In addition, she provides support to the web presence and procurement process of the Library Consortium. Marissa has extensive work experience in research and data management within the CCC system. She most recently worked as a Program Coordinator for the California Virtual Campus Online Education Initiative.
Andrew Martinez has served as the Senior Director of Government Relations for the League since May of 2020. As the Director, Andrew is responsible for budget and policy analysis, strategy development, and engaging the legislature and administration on issues critical to the community colleges.
Prior to joining the League, Andrew served as a Senior Legislative Advocate for the California State University (CSU) System. In that capacity, he was the lead advocate before the state legislature on numerous policy issues for the system, including labor relations, contracts, student affairs, public safety, auxiliaries and foundations, and athletics.
Before joining the CSU, Andrew Martinez worked in the State Capitol for more than a decade. During his time in the legislature, he has worked for two Speakers of the State Assembly and the Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Mr. Martinez is a graduate of California State University Fresno and Moorpark Community College.
Rina first set foot in the O Street Building in the Fall of 2007 and started working as an intern for the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). She then became a full-time Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2008. Ten years later, Rina joined the League as Member Resources Associate. Her job responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Government Relations team, creating/editing slide presentations and videos for League events, and assisting the caucuses and CCCT Endorsement Committee for the ACCT election process.
Rina will probably never be an expert in cooking or gardening, however, she enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking.
Nune Garipian joined the League's Government Relations team as the Legislative Advocate in 2021. She attended Pasadena City College, where she served as a student trustee and was admitted into Yale University as one of four community college transfer students. Nune earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Yale and was previously a field representative for her local assemblymember as well as worked on various political campaigns. Prior to joining the League, Nune served as a Senate Fellow for the Office of Senator Scott Wiener.
Meetings and Events
Jimmy has been the Manager of Meeting and Events for the League since November 2018. He came to the League after over 15 years in the hotel and hospitality industry, bringing a desire to provide the most informative and fun-filled events to the organizations extensive calendar. Outside of work, Jimmy has many passions including playing & coaching various sports, outdoor events such as camping and watching LA Dodger Baseball. More than anything Jimmy loves spending time with his family and especially his three kids.