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Who We Are

The Community College Association Executives (CCAE) is comprised of the Executive Directors of community college state associations and includes approximately 25 active members.

The organization exists under the umbrella of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and is also affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

CCAE meets twice annually in conjunction with the ACCT/AACC National Legislative Summit and the ACCT Congress to receive updates from experts and members on issues, operations, and applicable state and national topics of interest.



Larry Galizio, Ph.D. - 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...

Layla Merrifield - Vice-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...

Elizabeth Bolden - Secretary

President and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community College

Elizabeth Bolden is President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, where she serves a chief spokesperson and advocate for the state’s 14 community colleges. In this role, Bolden collaborates with education leaders from all sectors to improve and promote postsecondary education in Pennsylvania. Bolden has extensive experience...

Kim Tanaka - Past Chair

Director, Washington State Association of College Trustee

Kim Tanaka joined the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges as Director of the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) in August 2012. Prior to her work with ACT she was an Executive Analyst for Boards and Commission with former Governor Chris Gregoire working with a variety of...

Michael P. Brawer, MS. Ed., D.P.L.

CEO and Executive Director, Association of Florida Colleges

Michael Brawer is the CEO and Executive Director of the Association of Florida Colleges (formerly the Florida Assoc. of Community Colleges). He also functions as the AFC’s chief legislative liaison and advocate. He has been a career-long educator in Florida with extensive state-level education and association management experience. Brawer holds...

MJ Dolan

Executive Director, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

MD Dolan is the Executive Director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. Prior to beginner her tenure in 2007, she served as the Director of Risk Management for Mercy Medical Center; Vice President, Participant Funds Group for Wells Fargo Bank Iowa, Inc.; Associate Executive Director for the Iowa...

Jacob Fraire

President & CEO, Texas Association of Community Colleges

As President and CEO, Jacob Fraire provides leadership to the association’s core mission and strategies to advance equity and sustainability among the state’s 50 independently-governed public community college districts. Together, Texas community colleges serve more than 730,000 students. Before joining TACC, Mr. Fraire served as Vice President of philanthropy at...

Michael G. Hansen

President, Michigan Community College Association

After graduating with a B.A. in American Political Science and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan, Mr. Hansen began his professional career teaching high school social studies in the public schools. In 1988, he began working with the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency as a non-partisan fiscal analyst in...

Andrea Henderson

Executive Director, Arkansas Community Colleges

Andrea Henderson serves as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Community Colleges which provides leadership, strategic planning, policy, and professional development for the 22 community colleges in Arkansas. Prior to this, Andrea was the Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association for 17 years. Andrea is a frequent presenter...

Jack Hershey

President & CEO, Ohio Association of Community Colleges

Jack Hershey is the President & CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, which represents the presidents and trustees of the state’s 23 community colleges. Hershey came to the OACC in 2014 after spending 10 years at The Ohio State University, where he most recently was the university’s Associate...

Brian Millner

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...

Camille Preus

Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association

Camille is executive director of the Oregon Community College Association, where she represents the seventeen Oregon community colleges as the primary voice on legislative and regulatory issues at the state and federal level, advocates for state-level leadership for student success efforts, and fosters partnerships to further community college interests. Before...

Jim Reed

Executive Director

James "Jim" Reed, Jr. became the Illinois Community College Trustees Association's sixth executive director on July 15, 2019. His appointment was made after an extensive national search supported by The Pauly Group. Reed most recently served as Director of Government Relations for the Illinois Education Association, which represents 131,000 teachers...

Erin Taylor

Executive Director, Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees

Erin Taylor, of Taylor Strategies & Consulting, LLC, Cheyenne, serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Community College Trustees (WACCT). Erin has more than twenty-five years of experience working in the public policy arena at the federal, state and local level. Taylor earned an undergraduate in economics...

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