DATE OF MEETING NOTICE: February 25, 2021
Virtual Meeting
Members Present
  • Catalina Cifuentes (Chair),
  • Jamillah Moore (Vice Chair),
  • Debra Maxie (Secretary),
  • Isaac Alferos,
  • Juanita Doplemore,
  • Hal Geiogue,
  • Guillermo Mayer,
  • Steve Ngo,
  • Charles Nies,
  • Caroline Siegel-Singh,
  • and David Valladolid
Staff Present
  • Marlene L. Garcia (Executive Director)

As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect public health by limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing, this meeting will occur solely via remote presence. Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20 suspended the requirements that a physical location be available for members of the public during a teleconference meeting, that each teleconference location be accessible to the public, and that at least one member of the state body be physically present at the location specified in this notice.


Members of the public are welcome to listen to the teleconference meeting and provide public comment by using the following information:


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Members of the public who are interested in closed caption to the open session portions of this meeting may do so by streaming the meeting over the internet using the following link:


NOTE: Participants streaming the meeting over the internet will not be able to offer comments, ask questions, or otherwise participate in the meeting.


The Commission will meet to discuss and may take action on the following items:

Note:  The Commission and/or Committee may not discuss or take action on any matter raised during this public comment section, except to decide whether to place the matter on the agenda of a future meeting (Government Code Sections 11125, 11125.7(a)).

Lilly Myers, Deputy Director
Fiscal Administrative Services Division

Gurinder Bains, Chief Information Officer
Information Technology Services Division

Michael Lemus, Program Outreach and Marketing Manager
Executive Office

Julia Blair, General Counsel
Executive Office

Gary Collord, Retired Annuitant
Executive Office

Colonel Paul S. Eck, Deputy General Counsel
California Military Department

Clarita Cortez, CMD GI Bill Coordinator, J1 – Manpower and Personnel
California Military Department

First Sergeant (CA) Rebecca Wolkenhauer
Legislative Liaison NCOIC, Office of External Affairs
California Military Department

Jake Brymner, Director
Government & External Relations

Danny Murillo, Author
“The Possibility Report: From Prison to College Degrees in California”
Founder, Underground Scholars Initiative

Sara Arce, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy
The Campaign for College Opportunity

Marlene L. Garcia
Executive Director

Melissa Bardo, Legislative Analyst
Government and External Relations

Patrick Perry, Director
Data, Analysis, and Research Team

Jessica Moldoff, Research Data Specialist
Data, Analysis, and Research Team

Michal Kurlaender
Professor of Education Policy and Department Chair
School of Education
University of California, Davis

Sherrie Reed
Executive Director, California Education Lab
School of Education
University of California, Davis

Alyssa Nguyen
Director of Research and Evaluation
The RP Group

Personnel Matters: Under California Government Code Section 11126(a), the California Student Aid Commission hereby provides public notice that it may meet in closed session regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline, or dismissal of a public employee and the report of the Personnel, Evaluation and Nominations Committee regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline, or dismissal of a public employee.  For purposes of this notice, a public employee includes an individual exempt from civil service within the meaning of subdivision (e) of Section 4 of Article VII of the California Constitution.

NOTE:  Items designated for information are appropriate for Commission action if the Commission wishes to take action. 

This information is also available on the Commission’s website at  For information concerning this meeting, contact Gloria Lopez by phone at (916) 464-8074 or (916) 464-8271, or by e-mail at [email protected].

Agenda items occur sequentially.  When circumstances warrant, the Chair may modify the order of items as they appear on the agenda.  The meeting location is accessible to the disabled.  If you require special assistance, please contact Gloria Lopez at least 5 days before the meeting to make special arrangements.

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