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Jose Ortiz

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Bio: Jose Ortiz Jr. is CEO of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC), the largest city-based workforce development association in the country. As CEO of NYCETC, Jose leads an association of 180+ independent organizations, including community-based organizations, colleges and universities, and labor unions, that provide skills, training and education to half a million New Yorkers. Jose has been involved in the NYC nonprofit sector for nearly 16 years and has dedicated his career to building equitable pathways for workforce development that align with racial and social justice. In 2021, Jose was announced as one of two new Latinx leaders to join Robin Hood’s Power Fund, an initiative to fund and elevate nonprofit leaders of color. Jose currently serves as an advisor to 92Y’s Center for Arts Learning and Leadership, and currently sits on The Fund for Public Housing Advisory Council, Human Services Council of New York Priority Strategy Council, The NYC Workforce Field Building Hub Advisory Board, the Queens Tech Council, and RPA’s New York Committee.


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Karrin Wilks


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Bio: Karrin E. Wilks is the Chief Learning Strategist for the New York Jobs CEO Council, anon-profit dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity of low-income New Yorkers, particularly communities of color. The CEO’s of 28 of the largest employers in New York (and the world)comprise the Jobs Council and have made a collective commitment toproviding100,000 high-potential jobs to low-income New Yorkers by 2030.Prior to joining the Jobs Council, Wilks served in public higher education for over thirty-five years and has extensive experience designing and evaluating policy and practice aimed at improving student success and economic mobility, particularly for minoritized populations. Dr. Wilks was the Interim President of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), the largest institution in the City University of New York (CUNY). She served as BMCC’s Senior Vice President and Provost prior to assuming the presidency. Prior to joining BMCC, Dr. Wilks served as the Senior Vice President and Interim Provost for Medgar Evers College, the only predominantly black institution in CUNY. In earlier roles, Dr. Wilks was the University Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President for the Vermont State Colleges. Her work is grounded in a deep belief in the power of education to further the intellectual, economic, and social vitality of individuals and communities—and in its critical role in advancing equity and social justice. Wilks has an Ed.D. in educational policy and leadership development and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. in history/creative writing from Middlebury College.Shewas a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

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Friday

Chancellors Dr. Jim Malatras and
Dr. Felix
Matos Rodriguez


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Dr. Jim Malatras was named the 14th chancellor of The State University of New York on August 21, 2020.Prior to his role leading the SUNY system, Dr. Malatras served as the fifth president of SUNY Empire State College. Prior to joining SUNY Empire in May 2019, he served as president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, where he led the Institute’s modernization effort to offer policymakers evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations on timely topics. Dr. Malatras has held several high-ranking positions in New York State government, including director of state operations to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, where he managed the day-to-day operation of state government and served as the administration’s point person on policy development and implementation. An education policy expert, Dr. Malatras served as the executive director of the governor’s New NY Education Reform Commission from 2012-2014, executive director of legislative affairs and state policy to Attorney General Cuomo, and legislative director to former assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky. Dr. Malatras served as Chief of Staff for Chancellor Nancy Zimpher from July 2013 to August 2014.Dr. Malatras received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University at Albany

Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez: Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Matos Rodríguez was president of CUNY’s Queens College from 2014 to 2019 and of CUNY’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College in the Bronx from 2009 to 2014, making him one of a select few U.S. educators who has led both a baccalaureate and a community college. From 2006 to 2008, Matos Rodríguez served as Puerto Rico’s Cabinet secretary of the Department of Family Services. Earlier, he had been Senior Social Welfare and Health Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. A cum laude graduate in Latin American Studies from Yale University, Matos Rodríguez received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. He has taught at Yale, Northeastern University, Boston College, the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, City College and Hunter College, and was affiliated with the History department at the CUNY Graduate Center. At Hunter, he also directed the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, one of the largest and most important Latino research centers in the United States. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Chancellor sits on the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In 2021, he joined the board of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) and was named co-chair of the New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC). He also serves on the boards of Phipps Houses and the United Way of New York City, and he is a member of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools steering committee. In 2020, the Chancellor was named by the American Council on Education (ACE) to a national task force focused on improving transfer of credit practices and to New York City’s Education Sector Advisory Council.

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