Our People

The work of APIA Scholars would not be possible without the efforts and generosity of countless Scholars, advisors, institutions, and supportive companies and their dedicated employees. Learn more about the ones making a difference below:

Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng

President, San José City College

Rowena M. Tomaneng, EdD is the President of San José City College (SJCC) in the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, CA, and she is also a lecturer in International and Multicultural Education and Leadership Studies in the School of Education at University of San Francisco.  Prior to SJCC, she was President of Berkeley City College, CA and served multiple roles at De Anza College, CA including teaching courses in literature, ethnic studies, and women’s studies and founding Director of the then Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE).  Her research and publications explore human rights, social movements, transnational feminism, and racial equity in education for Asian American and Pacific Islander students.

Dr. Tomaneng serves on the boards of the Chief Executive Officers for the California Community Colleges (CEOCCC), the Connie L. Lurie School’s Institute for Emancipatory Education, San José State University, and EDSource.  Rowena is also the Vice President of Asian Pacific Americans for Higher Education (APAHE).  She is a graduate of University of San Francisco’s School of Education in International and Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, and University of California, Irvine.

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