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Passing the Torch

Tomorrow is my last day at College Futures Foundation, and I have been reflecting on the profound honor it has been to serve California’s talented and diverse students alongside an equally talented and diverse community of grantee partners, staff, and board members.  I am proud of all we have accomplished in the past few years—rising Read more >

College Futures Foundation Leaders Driving Change Recognition Series


Leaders Driving Change: Leaders, teams, and institutions whose bold action inspires us

Through the Leaders Driving Change series, College Futures Foundation has recognized remarkable leaders and teams in California public higher education who are driving student equity, opportunity, and success and committing to the mindset of continuous improvement. By truly centering students, exploring innovations, working collaboratively, and never settling for “good enough,” they are pushing forward meaningful Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

Eloy Ortiz Oakley to Lead College Futures Foundation as Next President & CEO: Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Steps into New Role

Dear friends and colleagues, I am pleased to announce Eloy Ortiz Oakley as the new President & CEO of College Futures Foundation. Oakley, who will step into the role August 1, is a devoted champion for equitable student opportunity and an unparalleled leader in higher education—serving most recently as Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

Vanessa Rodriguez Joins College Futures Foundation as Administrative Assistant

College Futures Foundation welcomes Vanessa Rodriguez as administrative assistant. In this role, Ms. Rodriguez will work closely with the College Futures project manager and provide administrative support for the Foundation’s program, policy, and communications teams. Her work will include cross-departmental information sharing and coordination related to speaking engagements, convenings, and major report releases, organization and Read more >

Latinx graduate posing with her cap and gown

News & Commentary

New compacts, historic funding levels: May Revise Budget steers California higher education toward unification

Governor Newsom’s May revise budget, built upon California’s $97.5 billion budget surplus, marks a historic commitment to funding California’s public higher education segments. While the 5% annual base general fund increase for five years to the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges systems is significant in and of itself, most notable Read more >


Leaders Driving Change: Dr. Luke Wood, San Diego State University

Creating a Diverse, Inclusive Campus Culture for Students and Faculty   As vice president of student affairs and campus diversity at San Diego State University (SDSU) and distinguished professor of education, Dr. Luke Wood challenges the idea that a rising tide lifts all boats. “What we’ve often found is that as overall success of a Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements

Michael Castens Joins College Futures as Grants Associate

We are pleased to announce that Michael Castens has joined College Futures Foundation’s team. As grants associate, Castens works directly with the grants manager to maintain and optimize grantmaking process and procedures, data systems, legal compliance, and overall quality control. He also works closely with the Foundation’s program officers and the chief program & strategy Read more >

Press Releases & Announcements, Publications & Research

Imagining the Equitable Higher Education System for California’s Future

New report from IFTF highlights actions and partnerships for regions to drive educational and economic opportunity The Golden State boasts the fifth-largest economy in the world—one that is distinguished by innovation, a vibrantly diverse population of dreamers and doers, and a world-famous higher education system. Unfortunately, that higher education system is not serving all of Read more >