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Board of Directors

16_9_mannAugie Gallego – Chair

Mr. Gallego is the chancellor emeritus of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), a position he held from 1990 until 2004. While chief executive officer of one of the nation’s largest community college districts, over 100,000 students enrolled in the three colleges, six centers, and in the First Responders Regional Public Safety Institute. Earlier in his career, Mr. Gallego served as associate dean of student affairs and associate director of admissions at the University of California-Davis. He also served as dean of the SDCCD Cesar Chavez, West City Centers, provost Educational Cultural Complex and later as the SDCCD director of Instructional and Student Services. During his tenure, Mr. Gallego earned a reputation as a national leader, and was named by Change Magazine as one of the 21 most influential senior leaders in higher education. In 2004, he was awarded the Harry Buttimer Distinguished Administrator Award by the Association of Community College Administrators. In 1998, Mr. Gallego served as chair of the American Association of Community Colleges and he was the second community college chief executive to serve as board chair of the American Council on Education.


Yolanda_facYolanda T. Moses – Vice Chair

Dr. Moses served as president of the American Anthropological Association, chair of the board of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, past president of City University of New York/ The City College (1993-1999), and president of the American Association for Higher Education (2000-2003). She currently serves as professor of anthropology and the associate vice chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Excellence at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Moses’ research focuses on the broad question of the origins of social inequality in complex societies through the use of comparative ethnographic and survey methods.  She has explored gender and class disparities in the Caribbean, East Africa and in the United States. More recently, her research has focused on issues of diversity and change in universities and colleges in the United States, India, Europe and South Africa.


Reza_final2Reza Fakhari – Secretary

Dr. Fakhari is currently vice president for Workforce Development, Strategic Community Partnerships, and Continuing Education as well as professor of international politics at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn. Prior to that, for 11 years, he served as assistant vice president for academic affairs and associate provost at Kingsborough. He has also been a professor of politics at Fordham University since 1985. Dr. Fakhari has been elected to the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA twice and elected by the Board as its vice chair in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is also on the Advisory Council of the Aspen Institute Wye Seminars, Editorial Advisory Board of AAC&U’s Liberal Education, and International Advisory Board of GlobalMinded. He frequently speaks and writes about the imperative of global, intercultural, and interreligious understanding and engagement in our rapidly globalizing and highly interdependent world.


Santwana-boardSantwana Dasgupta – Treasurer

Ms. Dasgupta is the director of Partnership for the Education of Children in Afghanistan (P.E.C.A). She visited Afghanistan for the first time in 2006 and was moved both by the devastation caused by decades of war and by the valiant efforts of the Afghans to rebuild their country. She started as a volunteer with P.E.C.A., became a board member in 2007 and now serves P.E.C.A. as the volunteer executive director. She took a position with the Higher Education Project, an USAID funded program, and teaches leadership and management classes to the education faculty of 22 universities and institutes of higher learning across Afghanistan.


Maghan Keita

Maghan is professor of history, director of the Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and chair of the unit on Critical Language and Cultural Studies at Villanova University. He was the chair of the Board of Trustees of the College Board and has spent the majority of his professional life concentrating on issues of education in various venues with a particular focus on excellence, access and equity in the educational process. Maghan holds a B.A. in Chinese language and East Asian studies from Oberlin College; an M.A. in American history from Cleveland State University; and a Ph.D. in African studies from Howard University. He joined the Teaching Faculty in 2013.


MayJoe May

Dr. May is the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today’s most challenging social issues. During his seven years as president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, enrollment increased from 71,000 to more than 160,000 students. As a community leader and educator, Dr. May strongly believes in achieving academic excellence and has worked closely with public school districts, sponsored charter schools, career academies and early college programs. A hallmark of his approach to leading community colleges is the creation of public-private partnerships. By forming these partnerships, Dr. May has helped jump-start new economic investment and job creation. Respected throughout the world, he has delivered consulting services to new community college initiatives in Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia and Saudi Arabia.


Jochen_newJochen Fried – President/CEO

Dr. Fried was the director of education at Salzburg Global Seminar, where he had worked since 1998. He was responsible for developing and maintaining programs that highlight the pivotal role of education in building resilient and equitable societies. His main responsibilities included providing conceptual and strategic direction for Salzburg Global Seminar’s Global Citizenship Program and the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global change.  Throughout his professional career he has been involved in higher education in a number of different capacities: as a lecturer at the Cambridge University, UK, and at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; as senior officer in the secretariat of the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat); and as head of programs at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

News and Views

Alliance Alumna Gives Commencement Speech at University of Hawai'i

In 2014 Annabelle Le Jeune came to our Program as a participant with a group of 50 Miami Dade College students. Last year, she returned to work with us as an Intern on our student programs. It truly was a pleasure to welcome her back. Here's what she said about her commencement speech:" "It took nearly 24 years, but at the end of 2017 I finally weaved my own story together and shared it in front of thousands of people—something I’ve never done before. I was nervous, I was excited, and most of all, honored. This 7-minute speech was composed of lifelong confusion, challenges, worldly opportunities, and the little things. If you know you know. I’m still overwhelmed by all the feedback, and still so happy to have represented my Fall class of 2017 at UH Manoa."

How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

"In recent months, as women have spoken out about harassment - at media companies and technology start-ups, in the entertainment industry and on Capital Hill - they have spurred quick action, with accused men toppling from lofty positions, corporations pledging change and lawmakers promising new protections. But much less attention has been focused on the plight of blue-collar workers, like those on Ford's factory floors. After the #MeToo movement opened a global floodgate of accounts of mistreatment, a former Chicago worker proposed a new campaign: "#WhatAboutUs." NY Times