Theresa Fleischer Rowland, MS BS

Career Ladders Project
Theresa Fleischer Rowland - Senior Director, Pathway and Sector Development / Operations

Senior Director, Pathway and Sector Development / Operations
Career Ladders Project

email: [email protected]

Lead Responsibility: As the Senior Director, Pathway and Sector Development, Theresa’s primary role is to lead CLP initiatives and projects focused on college and career pathway development, industry alignment, sector partnerships and post-secondary education strategies which increase student completion of industry credentials, college certificates, and two-year and four-year degrees. In addition, Theresa is responsible for grants and contract management and operational aspects to sustain and strengthen CLP’s work through a variety of public and private funding sources.

Areas of Concentration: Leads the statewide Community College Pathways for Foster Youth (CCP) Initiative. Develops and implements career pathway work linked to national, state, and regionally funded projects. Builds strategic partnerships with employers as well as education and training providers in key industries and occupational sectors to align systems and leveraged resources for a prepared and nimble workforce.

Experience: Theresa brings over 20 years of experience in education to the Career Ladders Project. She served as Vice President of Economic Development, Community Education, Distance Learning at De Anza College, Executive Director of the Occupational Training Institute for the Foothill–De Anza Community College District, Assistant Employment Training Director at Long Beach City College and on the counseling faculty at San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and Pasadena City College.

Theresa has designed and coordinated community college campus programs serving non-traditional students, displaced workers, public housing candidates and women in non-traditional careers. She has successfully implemented diverse workforce development programs across funding streams including the Workforce Investment Act, the Employment Training Panel, community college system initiative grants, CalWORKS and private foundations.

Theresa has also provided programming and leadership to many educational collaboratives serving regional communities, including the Bay Area College IT Consortium, Bay Area Workforce Development Deans and the Carl Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act 2000 State Plan Committee. She has authored, staffed and administered complex, multi-regional grants with public and private foundations, and provided oversight for programs and operations in higher education. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselor Education, a Bachelor of Science in Education and a certificate in Community College Administration through U.C. Los Angeles.