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Rona Sherriff

Rona Sherriff

Workforce and Education Consultant, RLS Consulting

Rona Sherriff is a policy consultant with over thirty-five years of experience in research and policy development on workforce, education, and labor issues. She worked for over fifteen years in the California State Senate where as Deputy Director of Research for the Senate Office of Research she managed the work of a legislative policy team responsible for education, labor, workforce development, and public employment and retirement policy. She also worked as a consultant to the Senate Industrial Relations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Workforce Preparation. While in the Senate she authored a series of reports and publications and served on various state and national boards. Since leaving the Senate Office of Research in 2008, Rona has worked on various projects for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the California Workforce Investment Board, the California STEM Learning Network and the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy. She currently works to co-direct the activities of the California EDGE Coalition, which is a coalition of business, labor, social justice, education, and workforce organizations focused on meeting the skills gap in 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
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office