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Eva Sage-Gavin

Eva Sage-Gavin

Vice Chair, Skills for Americas Future, Aspen Institute

Eva Sage-Gavin is a distinguished global executive with broad experience in human resources, public policy, social responsibility and communications. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Aspen Institute's Skills for America's Future Advisory Board, working with senior White House leaders, community colleges and corporations to build skilled workforces.

In 2013, Eva became the first female elected to the Board of Directors of Sapient, a technology marketing firm based in Boston. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Affairs, at Gap Inc. Sage-Gavin was responsible for communications, government and public affairs, social and environmental responsibility and the foundation, while serving as the Chief People Officer for 136,000 employees worldwide. Previously, she held senior HR roles at Sun Microsystems, Disney Consumer Products, PepsiCo and Xerox.

Eva currently serves as a Cornell Silicon Valley Advisor, an inaugural Fellow at Cornell's Industrial and Labor Relations School and a guest lecturer at Stanford, MIT, USC and Cornell.

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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
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office