Pamela Haynes, Amy Costa to Lead California Community Colleges Board of Governors
Two women will lead the California Community Colleges Board of Governors for the first time in its history. Vice President Pamela Haynes has been promoted to the role of President, also becoming the first African American to serve in that position. Board member Amy Costa will succeed her as Vice President.
Haynes is a longtime member of the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees. She also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Community College League of California and the Los Rios Foundation Board. She previously served as a deputy director and senior consultant for the California State Assembly, Speaker’s Office of Member Services. She attended undergrad at UCLA and earned her master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University.
“Our system stands at a critical intersection requiring a response: a world-wide pandemic, the dislocation of workers across multiple industry sectors that has resulted in an economic downturn and demands for social and racial equity and the removal of barriers within our institutions," Haynes said. "My focus will be on advocating for our students and ensuring the passage of an equitable budget that recognizes the vital importance of California's Community Colleges to the economic recovery of the state."
Amy Costa is currently deputy administrator for Alameda County and previously served as chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of Finance. She has also worked for the California State University Chancellor's Office and in the offices of three state senators.
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors is the governing panel for the country’s largest system of higher education. It establishes policies and guidance for CCC’s 73 districts and 116 colleges. The selection of two women to lead the Board continues a trend toward greater inclusion and diversity in the public education. As CalSchoolNews wrote about last month, people of color now lead all of California’s public education systems.