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Executive Committee

Layla Merrifield - Chair

Executive Director, Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association

Layla Merrifield is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association, a non-profit association representing Wisconsin’s 144 local technical college trustees. Prior to joining the Association, Merrifield was a policy advisor and legislative advocate for two years with the Wisconsin Technical College System, and spent 13 years...

Brian Millner - Vice Chair

President and CEO, Missouri Community College Association

Brian Millner is the current President and CEO of the Missouri Community College Association. Formerly serving as Chief of Staff at the University of Missouri-Columbia and as the legislative director for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Millner began his tenure in September 2017. Brian holds a master’s degree in...

Emily Shields - Secretary

Executive Director, Community Colleges for Iowa

Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of Community Colleges for Iowa since January 2021, leading advocacy for Iowa's 15 Community Colleges. Prior to that, she served as executive director of Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact. She received a B.A. degree in journalism and political science from the University...

Larry Galizio, Ph.D. - Past Chair

President & CEO, Community College League of California

Larry Galizio has served as the President & CEO of the Community College League of California since 2015. Dr. Galizio earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters from San Francisco State, and his doctorate from the School of Urban & Public Affairs at Portland State University. Prior to...

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