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Darin Chidsey

Darin Chidsey

Since 2012, Darin Chidsey has served as the Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), where he manages all division activities primarily responsible for maintaining and expanding government, community, and private sector participation in the regional planning work of the agency, including the following departments: legislation, media and public affairs, local government relations, economic analysis, and the Office of Regional Council Support. He is responsible for the development and implementation of State and Federal Legislative Program and oversees regional economic growth strategies and independent economic analysis of key SCAG planning activities.

Previously, Mr. Chidsey has worked as the Assistant/Senior Analyst for SCAG and assisted the Executive Director in implementing the policies of an 84-member Regional Council and directing day-to-day operations of the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization. Additionally, he advised the Executive Director on pertinent issues and managed special projects, including strategic planning, economic growth strategies, and increasing private sector and academic participation in the agency’s activities. Prior to this, Mr. Chidsey worked in SCAG’s Government & Public Affairs department and served as the liaison between the agency and its members and partners for Southeast Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Before joining SCAG in 2005, He worked in local politics in Orange County and on Capitol Hill as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Government Reform and in the personal offices of two Los Angeles area Congressmen. Mr. Chidsey holds a Master of Business Administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in environmental and energy policy from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Mr. Chidsey enjoys the beach, golfing, dining out, travelling and spending time with his growing family, wife Erin, baby Knox and dog Cooper.

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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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