Commission Members

Overview

Members of the California Student Aid Commission

The Commission consists of 15 appointed members. Eleven of the commissioners are appointed by the Governor and represent students, segments of the State’s higher education community, and the general public. The Chair of the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly each appoint two members.

Commission Member List or view biographies below

CSAC Commissioner Org Chart

Post

Lande Ajose
Chair

Dr. Lande Ajose is Executive Director of California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy, an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan project aimed at bolstering the state’s post-secondary outcomes.

Post

Judith Greig
Secretary

Commissioner Greig Picture

President Judith Maxwell Greig, Ph.D., has led Notre Dame de Namur University since January 2008, first as acting president and then as president. Under her leadership, the university has made a remarkable turnaround, increasing enrollment by a third, qualifying as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, receiving national recognition for community engagement and instituting the university’s first Ph.D. program. Dr. Greig has gained national recognition as an advocate for increased access for low-income and Hispanic students.

Post

Alejandro Lomeli
Student Representative Governor Appointee

Alejandro Lomeli Picture

Alejandro Lomeli, a graduate from Santa Fe High School, is a first-generation college student currently enrolled at Long Beach City College (LBCC). Alejandro naturally became involved in student leadership at LBCC after many years of participation in student government in high school and in other clubs on campus. Within his few weeks of attending LBCC, Alejandro was appointed as the Representative of Legislative Affairs for the Associated Student Body.

Post

Maria Fernanda Manjarrez
Student Representative Governor Appointee

Maria Manjarrez  Picture

Maria Fernanda Manjarrez, a graduate from Temple City High School, is a first-generation college student enrolled in the University of Southern California. Maria has always been a diversity advocate and brought her vision of a more inclusive classroom environment into fruition by founding and presiding over the RAMS World Culture’s Club. She was a trained Peer Listener, where she served to enhance emotional and psychological well-being to faculty and students and was selected to serve as a Head Student Coordinator for Every Fifteen Minutes, a drunk driving prevention program.

Post

Debra Maxie
General Public Representative Speaker of Assembly Appointee

Commissioner Maxie Picture

Mrs. Maxie began her teaching career in 1973 in the school district where she was educated Kindergarten – 12th grades, the Chicago Public School system, teaching physical education before moving into the field of counseling.  In 1979, Mrs. Maxie relocated to San Diego where she immediately joined the teaching force of the San Diego Unified School District.

Post

Maria S. Salinas
General Public Representative Senate Rules Appointee

Commissioner Salinas Picture

Maria S. Salinas is an accomplished business woman, entrepreneur and a stalwart community leader. Her business acumen and financial expertise has led her to the boardroom of community organizations, higher education institutions, and community banks. Ms. Salinas has extensive experience in corporate governance, audit and compliance, and regulatory matters.

Post

Jose Solorio
General Public Representative Senate Rules Appointee

Commissioner Solorio

Santa Ana City Council Member Jose Solorio has as inspiring personal story to share

The son of migrant farm workers, Councilman Solorio went from laboring as a teenager in the fields, alongside his parents, to earning a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. After representing Anaheim, Garden Grove and Santa Ana in the State Assembly six years, he returned to serve on the Santa Ana City Council.

Post

David Valladolid
General Public Representative Speaker of Assembly Appointee

Commissioner Valladolid

As President and CEO, David Valladolid has spent the past 18 years managing and overseeing all administrative and personnel aspects of Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). His responsibilities include financial management, fund development, program operations, new hires, and program evaluations. Mr. Valladolid serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization and as the liaison to the PIQE Board of Directors.