Meet the Team

Los Angeles / Orange County Regional Consortium



Adriene "Alex" Davis

Executive Director


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Adriene “Alex” Davis, Ed.D., serves as the assistant vice chancellor of economic and workforce development. In this position, she will serve as the executive director of the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC) and the main point of contact for LAOCRC chief executive officers. Davis will also facilitate implementation of California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office career education, workforce economic development initiatives and oversee regional projects. Davis comes to RSCCD from Los Angeles City College (LACC), where she served in the following capacities: dean of academic affairs instructional programs, dean of economic and workforce development/career technical education, and executive director of LACC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Within these roles, Davis secured over $60 million in competitive grants and allocated funding for LACC, Los Angeles Community College District and community college partners in the Los Angeles region. In her role at LACC, she collaboratively worked with local colleges and universities, including those within the California State University and University of California. Prior to her role at LACC, Davis taught advertising, management, and marketing classes in the business department at Long Beach City College. She also served as the director of the small business development center and taught event planning classes for nonprofit and for-profit organizations in continuing education at El Camino College, where she established 43 new partnership collaborations throughout the South Bay service area to support small business development. In addition to over 25 years of public and private industry experience and strong background in program development, funding and creating partnerships, Davis is on the board of directors for the New Ways to Work organization, co-chairs the enrollment management taskforce for Linked Learning Alliance, and is an advisory council member for PBS SoCal.  Davis is also a product of the community college system, having obtained her associate in science in business administration at Long Beach City College before transferring to California State University, Long Beach, where she graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration. She also holds a master’s of business administration in business administration and marketing from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate of education in higher education organizational leadership from California State University, Long Beach. 

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Gustavo Chamorro

OC Director


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Gustavo Chamorro, Ed.D., serves as the Orange County Director for the LAOCRC.  Dr. Chamorro has worked in the economic and workforce development field for the last 16 years.  He has led various federal and state workforce funded initiatives at the community college and Workforce Investment Act (now WIOA) levels.  

Dr. Chamorro holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Business Administration from California State University San Bernardino.  Dr. Chamorro is a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for his leadership and commitment to educational issues, as well as numerous awards at the secondary and post-secondary level.  In addition, he has been recognized by workforce and economic development organizations, and Chambers of Commerce.  

A native of Nicaragua, Dr. Chamorro is an active mentor in the Puente program and is passionate about student success and equity issues.

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Karen Childers

LA Director 


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Karen Childers is the LA Director for the LAOCRC, working with the 19 colleges within the Los Angeles boundaries of the consortium. Childers holds master’s degrees in Educational Counseling and Guidance (CSUSB) and Business Administration (University of La Verne) and recently completed her doctoral degree at California State University, San Bernardino. Childers brings more than 20 years of experience in workforce development and higher education CTE, grant development and management, and community relations. Prior to joining the team at LAOCRC, Childers was the Director of Development and Community Relations at San Bernardino Valley College and Executive Director of the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation.

Childers has a passion for connecting students with their educational goals, especially as they relate to employment and achievement of a living wage. She has been a high school Spanish teacher, counselor, an Employment Specialist, and Grants Director. She worked as a policies & procedures writer through the passage and implementation of CalWORKs and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and she wrote her first grant during that time. She later worked with the GEAR UP programs at CSUSB and Cal Poly Pomona, and as SB70 CTE Grant Coordinator at Chaffey College.

Childers is a Rotarian and a member of the CSUSB Alumni Association Board, where she chairs the Alumni Association scholarship subcommittee.


Sarah Santoyo

Fiscal Agent, Executive Director of Resource Development 



Sarah Santoyo is the Executive Director of Resource Development at Rancho Santiago Community College District, and has worked in the grant development and management field for over 15 years. She has secured federal, state, local and foundation grants to support a multitude of programs at the colleges, in the district, for the region and the state.  Her responsibilities include management of the Resource Development Office which fulfills an internal controls function and provides grant development and management services; compliance with general and project specific grant terms and regulations and district policies and procedures; administration of district-based grant programs; identification of grant opportunities to meet specified needs and to address district goals; coordination with operational departments to align efforts to ensure effective grant administration; and development of systems to produce and monitor grant sub-award agreements and contracts.

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Juan Madrigal

Interim LA Director, Centers of Excellence




Juan Madrigal currently serves as the Interim Director for the Los Angeles Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research (COE) hosted at Mt. San Antonio College. Juan provides technical assistance in the form of labor market data and research, gap analysis, employer surveys, and more to community colleges in region. With over five years of experience with the Centers of Excellence, Juan has established and nurtured key partnerships with the region's key talent, consortium, faculty, staff, and others.

Juan is a proud product of the community college system. He attended Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Communication. Outside of the office, Juan enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends – preferably somewhere cool like the beach.


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Jesse Crete

OC Director, Center of Excellence 



Jesse Crete serves as the Director of the Orange County Center of Excellence (OC COE).  With over 20 years of industry, nonprofit, and education experience, Jesse keenly understands the importance of the relationship between workforce and education.  As director of the state’s first Strong Workforce Program-funded COE, Jesse and the OC COE support all nine of Orange County’s community colleges.  Her work includes providing the research and labor market information required for the recommendation of new, existing, and exploratory Career Education programs and collaborating with educational and industry entities to connect community colleges and workforce partners.  Outside of the office, Jesse is currently working on her dissertation towards her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.  She has earned her M. S. in educational guidance counseling from National University, a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, and a B.A. from Chapman University in organizational leadership.  

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Amalia Kaufman

Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium

K12 Strong Workforce Program 




Amy Kaufman is an innovator and activator in education and the workforce. Her focus with LAOCRC is to provide technical support and resources for a K-14 systems alignment through the design and delivery of regional programs and partnerships that support student success from secondary to post-secondary and the workforce while addressing the labor market needs of our region. As the former Executive Director for OC Pathways at the Orange County Department of Education, she led an initiative of fourteen K-12 school districts, nine community colleges, and several universities to expand STEM-related career pathway programs. Amy is the Orange County President and Global Co-Chair for the Virtual and Augmented Reality Association (VRARA) and a subject matter expert for the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). She speaks across the nation and internationally on the future work and the future of learning. Amy has been an instructor at the high school, adult school, and community college level and is currently a faculty member at UC San Diego's Department of Education and Community Outreach.

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Maria Madrigal

Executive Secretary 



Marbella Ruiz

OC Administrative Secretary 





Lupe Aramburo

LA Administrative Secretary 



Mrs. Aramburo serves as our Los Angeles Administrative Secretary.  She is a cureent student attending the University of Phoenix, working on her B.S. in Business with a certificate in Project Management.  Her goal is to continue advancing as an administrative professional.  Prior to joining the LAOCRC team, Lupe spent five years working in the hospitality industry as a project manager, where she gained experience serving in various roles, including: coordinating communication for the administrative office, creating and updating reports, maintaining office records, scheduling meetings, maintaining work calendars, and related duties.  Furthermore, Lupe spent the last three years in banking, and managing sales.  As a sales person, she developed effective communication skills, and the skill of time management became her strength.  While in banking, she also enhanced her knowledge in working with numbers and as a result, has become an expert in managing budgets.  


Lupe enjoys spending time with her husband and family, as well as working on her personal development by reading, watching videos, and listening to audios.


Lorena Ruiz

Administrative Clerk  



 Mrs. Ruiz serves as our Administrative Clerk, working on office tasks and support for both Los Angeles and Orange County Regions.  Prior to joining our team, Lorena spent 14 years working in an administrative role.  Some of her administrative experience includes, but are not limited to, organizing and completing multi-faceted complex office tasks, planning and prioritizing to effectively handling multiple priorities.  Lorena completed two years of general studies at Santa Ana College and is currently pursuing a Business Administration Degree.  Lorena is excited to join the team and looks forward to learning, developing her professional skills, and gainingexperience in the educational space. 

Lorena enjoys spending time with her husband and their three-year old son.