Learners TK-16

The Governor’s Council for Career Education is working to empower all Californians – youth and adult learners alike – to discover, prepare for, and connect to careers.

Council Origin

In December 2018, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom met with leaders from higher education systems and agreed that the institutional leadership, together with leaders from labor and the business community would serve as his direct advisers on issues related to higher education. The Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education formed in August 2019 to serve as an independent consultative resource to the Governor regarding the economic and social impact of higher education in the state. In August 2023, Governor Newsom renamed the Council as part of a broader effort to establish a Master Plan for Career Education, which includes an Executive Order signed on August 31, 2023.

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Council Leadership

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Ben Chida

Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Office of the Governor

Michael Drake

Michael Drake

President, University of California

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Sonya Christian

Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Kristen Soares

Kristen Soares

President, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Tony Thurmond

Tony Thurmond

Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Linda Darling Hammond

Linda Darling Hammond

President, California State Board of Education

Keely Bosler

Joe Stephenshaw

Director, California Department of Finance

Kristen Soares

Dee Dee Myers

Senior Advisor and Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Allan Zaremberg

Jennifer Barrera

President and CEO, California Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Freita

Jeff Freitas

President, California Federation of Teachers

Jeff Freita

Mildred Garcia

Chancellor-Elect , California State University 

Jeff Freita

Stewart Knox

Secretary, California Labor & Workforce Development Agency

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California For All

The Governor’s Council for Career Education is working to empower all Californians – youth and adult learners alike – to discover, prepare for, and connect to careers.

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