Luis Chavez

As the Senior Director of Technical Assistance of the Career Ladders Project, Luis is responsible for project management, coordination and implementation of technical assistance activities across multiple Career Ladders initiatives.  Luis works directly and through a network of senior field consultants to support colleges and their workforce partners in development and implementation of career pathway programs. Currently, for CLP, he is leading the Career Advancement Academy state demonstration project designed to connect underprepared and underemployed young adults to high wage career pathways and most recently, the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative.

Areas of concentration

Advising colleges and their workforce partners in the development and implementation of career pathway program models; disseminating information and connecting the efforts of colleges statewide to increase participation and capacity-building opportunities; building the community of practice around career pathways and education advancement models; utilizing expertise in the field to foster deeper engagement between faculty and institutions; advancing the field of contextualizing teaching and learning; and supporting new approaches and strategies that help move all students towards their educational and career goals in an accelerated manner

Luis Chavez brings extensive statewide experience with K-16 academic achievement development programs in both public and private settings. He was formerly Northern California Director of Operations for Education Station, a Division of Knowledge Learning Corporation School Partnerships, the nation’s largest provider of supplemental educational services.

Luis served the Puente Project in the University of California Office of the President for nearly 16 years, first as Director of Mentoring for the community college and high school programs; then as Director of High School Puente, a program serving 36 California high schools; and finally as Director of the Community College Puente Program, managing programs in 56 colleges statewide.

Luis serves on several community boards and educational and corporate advisory committees such as League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Hispanic Employee Association (NHEA), and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).  He served as Vice Chairman for the National Hispanic Employee Association and Vice-Chairman of the California Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).  He is also a founding member and current Chairman of the Board for the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion and in 2010 was selected to serve on the University of New Mexico’s Family Development Program National Advisory Board.

Luis is a proud California Community College transfer graduate from Mt. San Antonio College receiving an AA in Liberal Arts. He then received his BA degree in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, and his MA degree in Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has participated in Advanced Management Development Programs at Harvard University and the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Latino leadership Institute.