Associate Vice Chancellor (interim) Richard Galope comes to EDCT with over 23 years of diverse operations, strategic planning, organizational development, and business, community, and government relations experience in the community college, government, and private sectors. He possesses administrative expertise in 5 public workforce systems – Community Colleges, Workforce Development Boards, Joint Apprenticeship Training, Social Services Welfare-to-Work, and Housing & Urban Development, with extensive competitive grant development successes of $65 million awarded in these systems.
Combined, he has worked in the California Community Colleges for 11 years, most recently as Vice President of Instruction & Workforce Development with Foothill College, and prior to this position, held several positions with the Los Angeles Community College District as Dean of Academic Affairs, CTE and Workforce Development, Foundation Executive Director, and Faculty, Special Assignment. Prior to his career in the community college system, Richard worked with the County of Riverside for 7 years, first as a Community & Government Relations Officer with the Department of Public Social Services, and later as a Program Director with the Economic Development Agency & Workforce Development Board. During his transition between the public sector and community colleges, he worked in the private sector in real estate development and finance, and prior to coming the SBCCD, was an executive with a highly successful government contracting firm based in Los Angeles.
Mr. Galope possesses a MBA in Management degree from Golden Gate University, a BS degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force, and a Certificate in Logistics Support Analysis from the US Air Force Institute of Technology. He is an 8-year veteran of the US Air Force.
The EDCT Foundation’s Interim Director is Ashley E. Gaines. In this capacity, she is responsible for grants and resource development, major event planning, and community relations. She possesses over 17 years of combined experience in the higher education, private, public economic and workforce development, casino gaming, and small business (ownership) sectors, where she gained extensive expertise in community college teaching and grant project development, business development, advertising and marketing, program promotion, and community and public relations.
Prior to her tenure with the EDCT Foundation, she was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for a company engaged in economic, community and workforce development, and social, educational, and public service delivery targeting over 40,000 customers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs annually. Previously, Ashley has taught and led multi-college grant projects with the Los Angeles Community Colleges as adjunct faculty and faculty project director; spearheaded high-impact marketing and advertising campaigns in the Indian Gaming Industry and public Economic Development; and has provided leadership and direct services in strategic marketing and media design both in the private sector and as a small business owner, for customers including community colleges and their foundations, CSU clients, and other small businesses. These experiences, coupled with her passion for making a difference in community colleges and underserved communities, and involvement in business and community organizations, will contribute to the team effort and knowledge base of the foundation board and administration essential for building a solid footing and growth strategy for the EDCT Foundation.
Ashley possesses a BA in Business Administration and Information Management from CSU San Bernardino and is working on her MBA.
The EDCT Foundation’s Treasurer is Lawrence Strong, B.S., Director of Internal Audits and Interim Director Fiscal Services of the SBCCD.Lawrence Strong joined us in September as Director of Internal Audits. In this position he will provide independent, objective assurance and advice on issues and operations that present material risk to the District.Mr. Strong has 25 years combined experience in auditing, accounting operations, compliance, financial reporting and corporate lease administration. Prior to joining us, he served from 2003 to 2013 at Hot Topic, Inc., most recently as Assistant Controller, where he had direct responsibility for internal audit, external financial reporting and other accounting operations.
Mr. Strong has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and is a certified public accountant. He and his wife of 26 years reside in Highland, California and are the proud parents of 5 children.