Dr. Davis is the assistant vice chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development in the Educational Services division at Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) and serves as the executive director for the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC). She serves as the primary contact for the LAOCRC CEOs and is responsible for the overall management of the LAOCRC, and accountable for all of its functions. She manages the LAOCRC in conjunction with the LAOCRC LA and Orange County directors; including LAOCRC-wide meetings, development and managing budgets, meeting reporting requirements and representing the LAOCRC at statewide meetings, overseeing LAOCRC policies, procedures, systems, and timelines.
Dr. Davis is one of the leading economic and workforce development practitioners in the State of California and served as an Instructional Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College (LACC) for 10 years. As an instructional dean, she supervised faculty and staff, and provided administrative oversight for programs in the Office of Economic Development and Workforce Education. Under her leadership, Dr. Davis spearheaded the efforts of over $75M in grant awards to LACC, and colleges within and outside the Los Angeles Community College District, including the following awards: Strong Workforce Program regional projects, round one AB86 California Career Pathways Trusts LA HI-TECH Regional Consortium, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Gateway to College Program (high school dropout credit recovery program in partnership with LA Alliance Public Ready Schools, California Community College Linked Learning Initiative – New Media Academy in partnership with Hollywood High School), WIA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Program, Deputy Sector Navigator Small Business Program, and many other Career Technical Education-related grant awards.
Dr. Davis provided administrator leadership and oversight for Academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) instructional programs at Los Angeles City College, including the supervision of faculty and instructional programs for Administration of Justice, including Corrections; Business disciplines; Child and Family Studies, which include Child Development, Child Development Center, and Dietetics; Law/Paralegal Studies; Philosophy; Psychology and Human Services (including Drug and Alcohol Studies); and Radiologic Technology She also oversees all Specially-Funded Programs, Continuing Education in Community Education Extensions Programs (fee-based offering for personal, community, and personal enrichment), and Cooperative Education Work Experience (internship program).
Dr. Davis was also responsible for economic and resource development which include the promotion of partnerships with the City and County of Los Angeles, business, industry, labor and community-based organizations on behalf of the college. The growth of resources and partnerships included developing, arranging, and presenting programs at the college, and to partners, writing grant proposals, and exercising administrative supervision over designated specially-funded and fee-based programs. Dr. Davis assessed and monitored labor market data and economic changes in the college service area, and initiated and customized programs and services that responded to industry partners’ needs.
Prior to her work at LACC, Dr. Davis directed one of the leading Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) hosted at El Camino College (ECC); directed the activities and deliverables for the California Construction Contracting Program funded by Caltrans; developed and implemented Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs in the cities of Carson and Compton; and designed and implemented the Summer Buzz on Biz Entrepreneurship Youth Academy at ECC. Dr. Davis also served in the capacity of an adjunct faculty member at Long Beach City College in the Business Department, having taught disciplines such as: management, advertising, and marketing; and event planning at El Camino College.
Dr. Davis has been recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and received the Excellence Award, which honors the world’s best leaders and teachers in higher education. She has also been honored by the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society for academic achievement in higher education; received the U.S Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center Excellence and Center Innovation award; and received the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network “State Star” award for her exemplary performance in making significant contributions to small business communities and a strong commitment to small business development. She co-chaired and served on the Statewide Linked Learning Alliance Enrollment Management Taskforce, which served as an advisory group to CSU and Community Colleges Chancellors and Presidents; serves as a Board of Director for New Ways to Work to help local programs and systems address the four components to the All Youth – One System Framework; and is a member of the PBS SoCAL African American Advisory Council, serving as an Ambassador to the community for PSB SoCal.
Dr. Davis earned her doctorate in education leadership with a higher education concentration and published her dissertation, “The Importance of Workforce Training in Community Colleges: A Case Study on the Discourse and Best Practices During Financial Difficulty” from CSULB; an M.B.A. with a specialization in Marketing from UOP; a B.S. in Business Administration from CSULB, and a Certificate in Nanotechnology at LMU.
Dr. Crete is the Orange County Regional Chair/Director for the Orange County subregion of the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC) hosted by the Educational Services division of Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD). As such, she is responsible for providing leadership and long-range economic and workforce planning in consultation with the nine Orange County community colleges and one noncredit institution career education deans, faculty, and regional workforce partners.
With almost 30 years of industry, nonprofit, and education experience, Dr. Crete keenly understands the importance of the relationship between workforce and education. As OC’s regional director, her work includes convening the region in order to foster collaborative partnerships for the development and execution of strategies designed to improve career opportunities for Orange County’s community college career education students. Dr. Crete’s strengths include utilizing data and labor market information to drive the regional decision-making process.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Crete was the OC Center of Excellence Director where she worked alongside the previous OC Regional Chair in authoring Orange County’s Regional Strong Workforce Program 3-Year Plan and other strategic initiatives. Along with her OC COE team, she provided the research and labor market information required for the recommendation of new, existing, and exploratory Career Education programs, collaborated with educational and industry entities to connect community colleges and workforce partners, and authored the year-long mixed methods research study, the Orange County Sector Analysis Project, Orange County’s Resilient Jobs report, and led the research arm of the county-wide Orange County Economic Recovery Strategy which included CSUF’s Woods Center of Economic Development, California’s EDD, local economists, as well as regional workforce development boards and other key partners.
Dr. Crete earned her doctorate in educational leadership with a higher education concentration from the University of Southern California. She 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.
Sarah Santoyo is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Educational Services and Resource Development at Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), and serves as the Fiscal Agent Director for RSCCD grants. Sarah 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 in the Educational Services Division at RSCCD, 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.
Marbella Ruiz currently serves as the Administrative Secretary for the LAOCRC, supporting community colleges, and other educational partners in the Orange County Region. Working in the public and private sector for the past 12 years, Marbella has very broad base of knowledge and experience in successfully setting and attaining goals for a variety of funding projects. Her based of experience includes skills from the most preliminary vision through the most advanced execution of tasks required. Collaborating closely with all three LAOCRC’ directors, she has proven to be an asset in organizing, scheduling, managing budgets, and innovating successful projects to support the scope of the LAOCRC office. Prior joining the LAOCRC, Marbella served as a business services coordinator at the Digital Media Center (DMC) established by RSCCD to serve technology businesses with the end purpose of job development. In her role as business services coordinated, she worked very closely with the DMC incubator businesses and affiliate members, vendors, counselors, faculty and students. Marbella is also adept at event-planning, marketing, leasing contracts, and budgeting. Her goal is to continue growing professionally and apply her expertise in every role she represents.
Marbella attended Santa Ana College to acquire her two years of general studies and earned Early Childhood Development Certificate, she has transferred to California Coast University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Aramburo serves as our Los Angeles Administrative Secretary. She is a current 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.