Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza is the Vice President of Instruction at Skyline College. An educator with over twenty years of higher education experience, nineteen years in the community college system—as a classified professional, tenured faculty leader, director, dean and vice president—she is continually inspired by the brilliance, power and endless potential of community college students.
Through collective action, she works with faculty, classified professionals, students, and administrators to lead initiatives—guided pathways, professional development, online-learning, workforce partnerships, global learning, and dual enrollment pathways. Her work integrates Student Services and Instruction dismantling structural inequities to create programs responsive to local economic and social needs.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing and this past year was named an Aspen Presidential Fellow. Dr. Taylor-Mendoza recently co-authored Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity. Currently, she is an elected executive board member for the State’s chief instructional officers and serves as the CIO representative to the State Chancellor’s diversity, equity, inclusion workgroup. She also chairs the newly formed CIO diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.
A proud alumna of El Camino College, she holds a B.A. in Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, an M.S. in Counseling, California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in Education, Claremont Graduate University.