The Intersegmental Coordinating Council (ICC) retained Karen Zamarripa Consulting to assist in their application, on behalf of the State of California, to the United States Department of Education (USDE) for funding through the GEAR-UP program. GEAR-UP is a grant program focused on increasing the number of low-income students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships.
Karen Zamarripa Consulting is part of a team working for Lenovo (a global personal technology company) to expand their procurement and contracting opportunities in California. With Lenovo’s focus on public higher education including the California Community Colleges, California State University and University of California, Karen Zamarripa is playing a key role in strategy, outreach and relationship building based on her extensive background in higher education operations, budgeting and procurement.
The AICCU represents nonprofit institutions in the state. K Zamarripa Consulting was retained last spring to assist in strategy and key messaging with regard to Title IX legislation. The work has now been expanded to develop and assist in the implementation of short- and long-term advocacy plan, strategies and tactics to put AICCU and its membership on the radar of policymakers, statewide leaders and campus communities.
K Zamarripa works with Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization uses data linkages between all sectors of education into the workforce support student success. Specifically Ed Results has asked K Zamarripa to introduce their work to policymakers and private sector leaders who are interested in finding ways to encourage and support innovation and success in our schools and colleges with a focus on preparing a future workforce reflective of the ethnic and gender diversity of our state. Ms. Zamarripa also acts as ERP’s government relations and strategist.
Peralta Community College District was the leader of a intersegmental partnership with Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts and CSU East Bay to develop an implementation plan funding request to the Irvine Foundation. Ms. Zamarripa served as the project manager through June 2016 for the consortia.
The Fortune School of Education (Fortune) is preparing future teachers ready to serve our diverse K-12 students. For many years, Fortune has offered a district internship program to prepare and place new fully credentialed teacher in partnership with 60 school districts. Fortune is now seeking full accreditation as a free-standing local educational agency with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Karen Zamarripa, as a registered lobbyist is building relationships with Commissioners and staff, advising on commission process and politics, coordinating a support campaign for accreditation approval, and monitoring CTC processes and standards for future impact.
The future of work has and will continue to change. Former Governor Jerry Brown and California Community College (CCC) Chancellor Oakley understand this and envisioned a new way to give working adults real access to their future through training and education via a statewide, competency-based, online community college now known as CalBright College.
Karen Zamarripa Consulting was hired by The Foundation of the CCC to support budgetary and legislative efforts to create this new college in the 2017-18 state budget, and later to represent the new college before the legislature in the 2019 session. The firm was retained to:
- develop a coalition of employers, educators and community-based organizations;
- coordinate stakeholders to support advocacy efforts;
- assist in strategy development and advocacy messages; and,
- advocate for the new college with policymakers and other influencers.
The firm was able to line up support from and engage local chambers of commerce including the Los Angeles Chamber and Calfornia Hispanic Chambers of Commerce; statewide and regional business entities such as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Orange County Business Council, and the Bay Area Council; community-based organizations such the NAACP, NEXT GEN and Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE); and unions such as the California School Employees Association (CSEA). The new college, now known as CalBright College was approved and funded with $120 million state General Fund dollars. Efforts by the firm in 2019 also ensure retention of these funds with the new Administration and increased scrutiny.
The California State Students Association (CSSA), which represents the over 484,000 California State University (CSU) students has made reform and reinvestment in financial aid a priority for the 2019-20 legislative session. Ms. ZAMARRIPA was retained to assist the association leaders in overall strategy, tactics and key messaging with Governor Newsom, state agencies and policymakers.
The CSSA is a critical voice in making college truly affordable with Cal Grants that recognize the total cost of education and not just tuition/fees. A recent study by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) confirms the need for action as the status quo forces students to work longer hours, take out loans, delay their studies so that they can cover all their costs.
The University of California (UC) Board of Regents has retained the firm along with project partner Elaine Peters Executive Search to examine the current campus chancellor recruitment and selection process. Campus leadership is critical for success, but it can also be hard to find the right fit given the diversity of the state and changing role of campus leaders. UC like most colleges and universities are looking for leaders that better reflect the student and campus communities overall. In addition, the job of a campus leader has changed over time often requiring new skills, expertise and experience to lead these important institutions.
Zamarripa and Peters will examine current policies, practices and procedures for campus searches; the selection, role and responsibilities of search firms; compare and contrast approaches used by other systems; and ultimately make recommendations to a Regents workgroups regarding ways to make the process for efficient for everyone involved and potentially expand the diversity of future candidates.
College affordability is a concern for most families in California. Tuition and fees is often the focus of this discussion and yet almost 70% of costs for students are related to what is known as cost of attendance; specifically, textbooks and instructional materials, housing, food, and transportation. The California Student Aid Commission is leading an effort to consider what our financial aid system should in fact provide to students and families, and how to address the non-tuition costs that are more and more an impediment for student success.
Zamarripa Consulting is working with Strategic Education Services on strategy development, coalition building and advocacy planning for efforts to create a system that better reflects the needs of students today – and the real costs they face in pursuing their college degrees.