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Abdi Soltani

Abdi Soltani

Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California

Abdi Soltani has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU of Northern California since April 2009. A card-carrying member of the ACLU for many years, Abdi has served as executive director at Californians for Justice, the Campaign for College Opportunity and at PARSA Community Foundation. Abdi has a long history of working with young people, and believes deeply in the importance of investing in youth and cultivating their strengths and skills. Abdi has extensive experience working on statewide policy and ballot initiatives. As a leader in the No on 54 Campaign in 2003, he helped defeat a proposition aimed at significantly weakening racial equality by barring state and local government agencies from collecting vital data on Californians’ race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Abdi is a graduate of Stanford University. He was awarded the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship in 1995, the Gerbode Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and the Levi Strauss Foundation Pioneer in Justice Fellowship in 2010. He also serves on the Board of Public Advocates, the Advisory Board of Pars Equality Center, and the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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