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Van Ton-Quinlivan

Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus

California Community Colleges


Institute for the Future (IFTF)

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Van Ton-Quinlivan is a nationally recognized thought leader in workforce development with experience driving large scale-system change. She spent nearly eight years in leadership roles with the California Community Colleges, most recently as the executive vice chancellor of workforce and digital futures for the 115-institution system.

Ton-Quinlivan grew public investments from $1M than $1B during her tenure by establishing workforce as a state policy priority, and stewarding an unprecedented level of innovation, collaboration, and experimentation across the system's career education programs. She also drove the successful adoption of new technologies and data tools in furtherance of student workforce outcomes.

Ton-Quinlivan's career spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Prior to the California Community Colleges, she held leadership roles with Pacific Gas and Electric, including serving as director of workforce development. She is now executive-in-residence at the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Silicon Valley.

In 2013, Ton-Quinlivan was named White House Champion of Change in recognition of her contributions to education and industry. She received the California Steward Leader Award in 2017 for her dedication to collaboration and her work to align public, private, and civic sector leaders in support of economic and social mobility for state residents. Most recently, Ton-Quinlivan was included in Sacramento Magazine’s 2018 “Powered by Women” list of leaders inspiring positive change.