Chair of the FutureReady Steering Committee: West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
Christopher Cabaldon was first elected Mayor of West Sacramento in 1998, and is serving his ninth term. He is the first mayor elected directly by the voters of the city, after serving three terms on the city council. The Sacramento Bee says that “under his leadership, the city has become one of the municipal stars of the region.” At the United States Conference of Mayors, he is Chair of Jobs, Education, and the Workforce and one of the nation’s leading mayors on innovation, ports and exports, civil rights, floodplain management, and education. He is also Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. An appointee in the administrations of four California governors spanning both political parties, Mr. Cabaldon currently serves as California’s commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, where he is Chair of issues analysis & research.
Mr. Cabaldon’s professional career in education policy in California spans more than two decades. After serving as Director of the Assembly Higher Education Committee and then Chief of Staff to the Assembly Appropriations Committee chairwoman, Mr. Cabaldon served five years as Vice Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, with executive responsibility for policy, strategic initiatives, planning, technology, data systems, governmental advocacy and intersegmental relations, and public affairs. He then transformed a small organization into one of the state’s most influential policy advocates for K-12 reform as President of EdVoice. Mr. Cabaldon is currently the executive director of the Linked Learning Alliance and a partner at Capitol Impact LLC.
Steering Committee Member: Mary Leeland, Member of the Washington Unified School Board
Steering Committee Member: Maria Simas, Director for the West Sacramento Foundation
Steering Committee Member: Denice Seals, CEO of the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce
Steering Committee Member: Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Communications and Technology at the Foundation for California Community Colleges
Steering Committee Member: Chris Jarosz, Co-owner of Broderick Roadhouse, Capitol Dime, Trick Pony & Wicked Wich