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Kari Decker

Kari Dohn Decker

Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility, Western Region
JPMorgan Chase

Kari Decker currently serves as Managing Director, Corporate Responsibility for the Western Region of JPMorgan Chase, managing the firm’s global philanthropy, corporate responsibility and government relations teams in the West. Kari has worked over twenty five years in the arena of government affairs, public policy and business development. Prior to her current position, Kari was Managing Director at APX Environmental Markets, a leading global provider of environmental market infrastructure for the global carbon and renewable energy markets. Before joining APX, Ms. Decker spent five years with Rose & Kindel, an international public affairs and communications firm.

Kari served as Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to California Governor Gray Davis, where she led numerous initiatives relating to California’s economy, infrastructure, technology, international trade, education and energy. She was also Undersecretary for the California Trade and Commerce Agency. Before her return to California, Ms. Decker spent over a decade in Washington, DC, and was a senior appointee of President Clinton, serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning in the Office of U.S. Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley. In 1997, she led the United States delegation to the annual G-7 Jobs conference in Kobe, Japan. Ms. Decker also served as Senior Policy Advisor on international trade and economic issues to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor.

Ms. Decker also worked as a senior staffer in the U.S. Senate, serving as Trade Counsel to the Chairman of the Senate International Trade Subcommittee, and Legislative Counsel to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). From 1991 to 1993, she was an Associate with the law firm, O’Melveny and Myers in its Washington, DC office, practicing international trade law.

Ms. Decker graduated from Stanford University, with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She earned a Juris Doctorate with Honors and an L.L.M in International and Comparative Law from Duke University School of Law. She currently serves as a member of the Linked Learning Alliance Leadership Council, Sacramento College Track Local Advisory Board and as an External Advisory Council member for the Stanford Center on Longevity.

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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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