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Adriene 'Alex' Davis

Adriene 'Alex' Davis

Executive Director, Orange County Regional Consortium


Adriene “Alex” Davis, Ed.D., is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development in Educational Services at Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) and serves as the executive director for the Los Angeles Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC), which is hosted at RSCCD. The LAOCRC comprises 28 community colleges (LA19 and OC9) across 15 community college districts. Dr. Davis serves as the primary contact for the LAOCRC CEOs and is responsible for the overall management of the LAOCRC, and accountable for all of its functions. She manages the LAOCRC in conjunction with the LAOCRC LA and Orange County directors; including LAOCRC-wide meetings, development and managing budgets, meeting reporting requirements and representing the LAOCRC at statewide meetings, overseeing LAOCRC policies, procedures, systems, and timelines.

Dr. Davis is one of the leading workforce and academic practitioners in California, who administers and advises the LAOCRC CEOs on regional investments for the Strong Workforce Program initiative, with support from the College Resource Leadership Council. As a former Instructional Dean of Academic Affairs at Los Angeles City College (LACC) for 10 years, Dr. Davis supervised faculty and staff, and provided administrative oversight for programs in the Office of Economic Development and Workforce Education. Under her leadership, Dr. Davis spearheaded the efforts in securing over $60M in grant awards to LACC, colleges within and outside the Los Angeles Community College District, including the following awards: Strong Workforce Program regional competitive projects, round one of AB86 California Career Pathways Trusts LA HI-TECH Regional Consortium, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, Gateway to College Program (high school dropout credit recovery program in partnership with LA Alliance Public Ready Schools, California Community College Linked Learning Initiative – New Media Academy in partnership with Hollywood High School), WIA Title II Adult Education and Family Literacy Program, Deputy Sector Navigator Small Business Program, and many other Career Technical Education-related grant awards.

Dr. Davis also provided administrator leadership and oversight for Academic and Career Technical Education (CTE) instructional programs at Los Angeles City College, including the supervision of faculty and instructional programs for Administration of Justice, including Corrections; Business disciplines; Child and Family Studies, which include Child Development, Child Development Center, and Dietetics; Law/Paralegal Studies; Philosophy; Psychology and Human Services (including Drug and Alcohol Studies); and Radiologic Technology. She also oversees all Specially-Funded Programs, Continuing Education in Community Education Extensions Programs (fee-based offering for personal, community, and personal enrichment), and Cooperative Education Work Experience (internship program).

Dr. Davis was also responsible for economic and resource development, which included the promotion of partnerships with the City and County of Los Angeles, business, industry, labor and community-based organizations on behalf of the college. The growth of resources and partnerships included developing, arranging, and presenting programs at the college, and to partners, writing grant proposals, and exercising administrative supervision over designated specially-funded and fee-based programs. Dr. Davis assessed and monitored labor market data and economic changes in the college service area, and initiated and customized programs and services that responded to industry partners’ needs.

Prior to her work at LACC, Dr. Davis directed one of the leading Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) hosted at El Camino College (ECC); directed the activities and deliverables for the California Construction Contracting Program funded by Caltrans; developed and implemented Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs in the cities of Carson and Compton; and designed and implemented the Summer Buzz on Biz Entrepreneurship Youth Academy at ECC. At Long Beach City College, Dr. Davis served in the capacity of an adjunct faculty member in the business department, having taught disciplines such as: management, advertising, and marketing; and event planning at El Camino College.

Prior to her time in the public sector, Dr. Davis worked in private industry retail during her tenure at Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. in the Cosmetics Division, as she was mentored by Mr. John H. Johnson and Mr. Charles Williams. She was responsible to over 50 retail stores across three states (Arizona, California, and Nevada), heading up sales and promotional campaigns for Nordstrom, Robinsons*May, Gottchalks, and JC Penney department stores. She trained sales associates and stylists at each location, and was responsible for both net and retail sales including working with buyers to restock products.

Dr. Davis has been recognized by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and received the Excellence Award, which honors the world’s best leaders and teachers in higher education. She has also been honored by the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society for academic achievement in higher education; received the U.S Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center Excellence and Center Innovation award; and received the Los Angeles Regional Small Business Development Center Network “State Star” award for her exemplary performance in making significant contributions to small business communities and a strong commitment to small business development. She co-chaired and served on the Statewide Linked Learning Alliance Enrollment Management Taskforce, which served as an advisory group to CSU and Community Colleges Chancellors and Presidents; serves on the Los Angeles Workforce System Collaborative; serves as a Board of Director for New Ways to Work to help local programs and systems address the four components to the All Youth – One System Framework; and is a member of the PBS SoCAL African American Advisory Council, serving as an Ambassador to the community for PSB SoCal.

Dr. Davis earned her doctorate in education leadership with a higher education concentration and published her dissertation, “The Importance of Workforce Training in Community Colleges: A Case Study on the Discourse and Best Practices During Financial Difficulty” from CSULB; an M.B.A. with a specialization in Marketing from UOP; a B.S. in Business Administration from CSULB, and a Certificate in Nanotechnology at LMU.