John R. McDowell, Jr. Chair


 General Public Representative
 Speaker of Assembly Appointee

Appointed by Speaker John Perez in 2012

John is passionate about access to an affordable college education for everyone. His deep appreciation of the California Master Plan for Higher Education is rooted in his personal experience attending all three of Californiaís systems of higher education tuition free. As a graduate student, he began a lifetime of advocacy in 1967 by opposing then newly elected Governor Reaganís tuition proposal for CSU. His top priority is to maintain student aid to help ensure that everyone has access to a quality college education.

In 1978, John founded and still directs the Labor Center at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, now the largest community college Labor Studies program in the nation. A Professor of Labor Relations, John has also served since 2000 as the faculty Co-Chair of the College Council, the collegeís highest shared governance body.

Since 1999, John has served as Political Director of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT Local 1521. He chairs the Guildís Political Committee which implements faculty and student advocacy programs and develops relationships with elected officials, particularly state legislators and LACCD trustees.

From 2009 to 2011, John was President of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), a statewide professional association advocating for community college faculty. While serving on the FACCC Board of Governors for 15 years, he chaired key committees including Legislation, Political Action, Membership, and the Executive Committee.

John earned his Bachelorís Degree in Social Sciences (1967) and Masterís Degree in Sociology (1970) from California State University, Sacramento. A former Peace Corps volunteer (Tunisia 1971-73), John and his wife and two daughters are longtime residents of the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.




Letter from Chairman McDowell to Secretary Arne Duncan regarding Cohort Default Rate Manipulation


Members of the California Student Aid Commission

Ana Betran Vice Chair | Cris Arzate Secretary | Nancy Anton | Brian E. Conley | Jacqueline Powers Doud, Ph.D. | Hal Geiogue

Jack Scott | Harry Le Grande | Jamillah Moore | Wm. Gregory Sawyer | Michelle Siqueiros | Devon Graves | Student Representative (Vacant)