Dr. Katrina VanderWoude

Dr. Katrina VanderWoude brings well over 25 years of progressively qualifying leadership
experience (instructional and student services) serving community colleges and four-year
institutions. Formal education and experiences have provided a strong foundation,
knowledge, and understanding of the comprehensive community college and its role in
transforming lives through access to educational preparation, career training, and
essential life skills, as well as its role in the community with respect to economic and
workforce development and community engagement. Dr. VanderWoude possesses
expertise in the operational areas crucial to community college leaders: accreditation,
enrollment management, an understanding of state and federal laws related to students
and employees, facilities planning, accessible programs and services for all students, and
the ability to execute multiple initiatives in a culturally diverse environment. Professional
credentials include a doctorate in Educational Leadership, with emphasis in Higher
Education, Organizational Systems and Development, and Student Affairs.

Dr. VanderWoude currently serves as Vice Chancellor at the Los Angeles Community
College District, the largest community college district within the nation with nine accredited
colleges, and over 200,000 highly diverse student enrollments. Dr. VanderWoude has also
served as President of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and Vice President of
Academic Affairs at Grossmont College, part of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community
College District (GCCCD) and an Achieving the Dream school. Dr. VanderWoude is
committed to equity-minded student success and brings that lens to all practices and
programs and additionally believes that fully collaborative partnerships are critical for
ensuring social, economic, and political mobility for our most underrepresented and
historically marginalized students and communities. Local community-based efforts have
included serving on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Commission for Reparations, the East San
Diego County Education Alliance Executive Committee (a formal K-12 partnership) with
emphasis on dual enrollment and transition to college for high school students, and initiating
the Pathways to Success Academy that brings community college courses and services to
incarcerated women. Dr. VanderWoude also served as Chief Instructional Officer for the
San Diego/Imperial Valley Community College Region for several years and the CCC Chief
Instructional Officer’s Executive Board, and the Basic Skills state-wide Advisory
Committee. Leadership roles have included: Vice Chancellor, President, Vice President,
Vice Provost, Dean, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Associate Dean, Corporate Training
Director/Grants Coordinator, Board President, and Foundation Board Trustee. Teaching
related assignments have included: Professor, Adjunct Faculty, Research Mentor,
Course Lead, and Lecturer in-person, hybrid, and online courses.