Advancing Leadership Association


As a team, we support our college community to create and uphold a welcoming learning environment through collaboration and instilling high expectations for the success of our diverse student population. 


The Advancing Leadership Association (ALA) is a governance and consultative body that historically joined together the Supervisors Association and the Leadership Coalition and is now represented as one group under the Advancing Leadership Agreement. The primary purpose of this coalition is to represent its members in participatory governance and negotiations with the District on matters relating to benefits, grievance process, contracts, and other related administrative procedures.  


  • The Board of Trustees recognizes the Advancing Leadership Association group as the exclusive representative of those employees included in the Management Group. 

    • Classified management members are those classified administrators who are designated as management by the District and, regardless of job description, have significant responsibilities for administering District programs other than the educational programs of the District, and/or have authority to hire, transfer, suspend, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline other employees, or having the responsibility to assign work to and direct them, adjust their grievances, or effectively recommend such action.
    • Educational Administrator members are those who exercise direct responsibility for supervising the operation of or formulating policy regarding the instructional or student services programs of the District. 
    • Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents are not included within the Advancing Leadership Association group. All other Executive Directors, Directors, Deans, Controllers, Managers and select Coordinators and Supervisors, who meet the above definitions are included in the Advancing Leadership Association group. 
  • Current Management Group here

  • ALA Executive Committee Goals

    1. Represent Educational Administrators, Directors, Managers, and Supervisors in participatory governance (if executive committee members are unable to serve on a given committee, an invitation to serve will be extended to ALA members);
    2. Serve as the negotiation team for members of the Supervisors Association and Leadership Coalition represented under the Advancing Leadership Agreement; 
    3. Present proposals that have an impact on this body (e.g. recommendations for newly funded positions, new evaluation process, new programs or services, Administrator Mentorship Program, etc.); and
    4. Serve as an advisory group to the Dean’s Council and President’s Cabinet

    ALA Executive Committee Members

    Executive Committee Members serve two years and is comprised of Educational Administrators, Directors, Managers, and Supervisors.  Elections occur during the spring each year on a rotating basis. The composition of the executive committee includes:

    • (1) Dean, Liaison to Dean's Council (appointed by Dean’s Council)
    • (1) Certificated Administrators
    • (3) Classified Administrators
                  FY 21-22 Classified Leadership Certificated Leadership Dean Appointee                                                          
      Year 2 Ruie Garnica Jeanette Chian-Brooks Christopher Johnson, Chair  
      Year 1  

    Robert Brown

    Christina Llerena

    Julie Samson

      Ex-Officio Jason Walker      
  •  Committee Assignments listed for Academic Year 22-23:   

    Committee member responsibilities include representing managers by serving on district committees as follows:



    Meeting Schedules

    Committee Chair

    Member Representation 

    Advancing Leadership Association *
    Every Thursday at 10am

    Christopher Johnson

    1. Jeanette Chian
    2. Christopher Johnson
    3. Ruie Garnica 
    4. Robert Brown
    5. Christina Llerena
    6. Julie Samson
    Board Policies and Administrative Procedures
    1st/3rd Fri,

    Michael Shanahan

    1. Linda Esparza Dozer
    2. Christopher Johnson
    3. TBD
    Budget Resource Allocation Committee
    2nd/4th Fri
    9-11 am
    Press Box 3

    Brian Fahnestock (Acting VP)

    1. Alan Price 
    2.  TBD
    College Planning Council  **
    1st & 3rd Tuesdays
    3-4:30 pm
    Location: BC 214
     Kindred Murillo
    1. Jeanette Chian
    2. Christopher Johnson
    3. Ruie Garnica 
    4. Robert Brown
    5. Christina Llerena
    6. Julie Samson
  • Committee Assignments listed for Academic Year 20-21:   (^) ALA Voting Rights, (*) Non-voting, serve as liaison 



    Meeting Schedules

    Committee Chair

    Member Representation 

    District Technology Committee
    1st/3rd Fri.
    1:30 pm

    Dean Nevins

    1. TBD
    2. TBD
    Equal Employment Advisory Committe
    2nd/4th Tues
    Time 1:30-3pm

    Michael Shanahan

    1. Christopher Johnson
    2. TBD
    Facilities and Safety
    4th  Thurs.
    Time: 11am - 12pm
    F & O Portable

    Rob Morales

    1. Beth Rizo/TBD
    2. TBD
    Hiring Committees
    As needed

    Michael Shanahan

    1. TBD
    Institutional Effectiveness Committee
    2nd & 4th Tuesday
    A218C Fall

    Z Reisz

    1. Virginia Estrella
    2. TBD
    Instructional Technology Committee
    2nd/4th Fri.
    Time: 2:00 - 3:00pm
    Location: BC 214

    Laurie Vasquez

    1. TBD
    Management Professional Growth Committee
    As needed

    Sharon Remacle

    1.. ALA Executive Committee

    Michael Shanahan

    1. Nicole Hubert (outgoing)
    2. Jason Walker (outgoing)
    3. Christina Llerena (incoming)
    4. Julie Samson (incoming)
    President’s Council Plus
    As needed

    Utpal Goswami

    1. TBD
    2. Jens-Uwe Kuhn
    Professional Development Advisory Committee
    2nd/4th Thurs
    Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: A 218C

    Carola Smith

    1. TBD
    2. Ruie Garnica
    Program Evaluation Committee
    1st/3rd Thu.
    Time 2:30-4:00 p.m.
    Location: A 218C
    Raeanne Napoleon
    Carola Smith
    1. Ruie Garnica/TBD
    Resolution 18 Task Force
    1. TBD
    2. Christopher Johnson
    Reclassification Request Process
    As needed

    Michael Shanahan

    1. Jason Walker
    2. Jim Clark
    3. Nicole Hubert
    Strategic Enrollment Management 
    2nd and 4th Tues. 
    Time: 12:45 - 2:00 pm

    Pamela Ralston

    1. Nicole Hubert
    2. TBD
    Student Equity Committee
    2nd/4th Wed
    Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

    Roxanne Pate

    1. Maureen McRae Goldberg
    2. TBD