San Francisco, CA

President and Chief Executive Officer, College Futures Foundation

The Organization

Established in 2005 and located in Oakland, California, College Futures Foundation uses a wide variety of human and financial resources and tools—including nearly $20 million in grants annually—to work toward its mission. The foundation partners with organizations and leaders across California to catalyze systemic change, increase college degree completion and close equity gaps so that the vision of a seamless, student-centered educational path to opportunity becomes a reality—one that’s available to every student, regardless of zip code, skin color or income. To learn more about College Futures Foundation, visit

Position Overview

College Futures Foundation seeks a strategic, mission-oriented and influential leader to serve as its next president and chief executive officer (CEO). The new president and CEO will lead an organization with a clear vision and a mission that is of increasing importance to the future of California, its families, its communities and its economy. This is a career-defining leadership opportunity with an organization whose impact is far reaching.

The next president and CEO of College Futures Foundation will be a strategic and influential leader who aligns with the foundation’s values: equity, courage, community and curiosity. Additionally, the new president and CEO will work to continue to advance the foundation’s mission and strategy while serving as a trusted collaborator with the foundation’s partner organizations. It is expected that the president and CEO serve as a key voice and thought leader on issues related to equity and economic prosperity.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the president and CEO will lead the Foundation in executing its mission ensuring that more students who reflect California’s diversity complete a B.A. and access educational opportunities for a better life. We believe this is best accomplished when California’s education system is designed to meet students’ needs, dedicated to fulfilling their aspirations and ensures equitable outcomes. The president and CEO will guide the Foundation’s strategy, and in conjunction with the senior management team, oversee and manage all of the entity’s operations. The incumbent serves as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. More information can be found at

WittKieffer is assisting College Futures Foundation in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by March 21.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. Professional references are not requested at this time.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Charlene L. Aguilar and Christine Pendleton

College Futures Foundation is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in our work and in our workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer to all regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

How To Apply

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal by using the buttons below. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Charlene L. Aguilar and Christine Pendleton

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