Jean Petty brings to IEBC her in-depth understanding of community colleges and their role in workforce preparation. She has worked with higher education for 29 years, holding numerous administrative positions with workforce development programs nationally and in California, where she served as Executive Director of the Economic Development Network for the 110 California Community Colleges. For the last 13 years she devoted her time to national community college projects such as the College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI), and Achieving the Dream’s Working Students Success Network (WSSN).

Ms. Petty has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in management, compensation, small business and entrepreneurship, human resources, and organizational development. Prior to becoming a community college administrator, she was active in the private sector, holding human resources positions in healthcare, utility and social services industries. She also served as an independent consultant on workforce and training to business and industry. She has a bachelor’s in business from California State University, Fresno and a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development from the University of San Francisco.