Commission Members


Catalina Cifuentes

Commission Chair Catalina Cifuentes

California Secondary Schools Representative

Catalina Cifuentes is an educator who has demonstrated a gift for counseling and advocacy on behalf of all students. 

In her former position as lead counselor at Santiago High School, Corona- Norco Unified School District, Catalina worked with the counseling team to design a successful guidance program which led to Riverside County as well as California Department of Education recognitions for exemplary counseling practices. She worked with her administrative team and staff to transform the school by raising the academic rigor and expectations from students resulting in the highest graduation rate and second highest A-G completion rate in Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino County.


Jamillah Moore, Ed.D.
Vice Chair

Commissioner Moore Picture

California Community College Representative

President’s Biography | Office of the President | Cañada College

With an educational career spanning more than 20 years, Dr. Jamillah Moore has become known for her passion on educational excellence, equity, tackling difficult issues, and leveraging collaborative partnerships to ensure student success.  


Patrick Day
California State university Representative Governor Appointee

Commissioner Patrick Day

Patrick Day currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at San José State University where he is responsible for units focused on co-curricular learning, enrollment management, and a critical array of student services.  Prior to joining SJSU in 2018, his career in higher education spanned 25 years and took him to a diverse set of institutions across the United States.  Most recently, he served as the Vice President for Student Life at University of the Pacific, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 


Isaac Alferos
Student Representative

Issac Alferos Student Representative

Isaac Alferos is an undergraduate at California State University Fullerton studying business administration with a concentration in finance.

As a proud alumnus from Buena Park High School, Isaac believes in the power of community to build innovative leaders. From this, he has organized and trained leaders at his alma mater, including leadership development with student leaders in the performing arts as well as supporting first generation students gain acceptance into higher education.


Juanita Doplemore
General Public Representative Speaker of the Assembly Appointee

Commissioner Juanita Doplemore

In her time as a California Student Aid Commissioner and Youth Advocate, Juanita has gained the perspective on educational systems, policies, and budgets necessary to fight for the students in our schools. As part of her mission as a commissioner, she has become a trainer for Cash for College events and she has hosted several college fair events because college readiness and affordability is essential.


Shannon Gary
Independent CA Colleges and Universities Representative Governor Appointee

Commissioner Shannon Gary

Shannon Gary is the associate vice president of student life and dean of students at the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Shannon Gary is a first-generation college student from Philadelphia, PA.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. He earned both his master’s degree and Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. 


Hal Geiogue
General Public Representative Governor Appointee

Commissioner Geiogue

Hal Geiogue brings to the commission more than three decades of experience in formulating education and fiscal policy for the state of California.

He started his public service in 1965 with the state Department of Finance. From 1967 through 1990 Geiogue then served in the Office of Legislative Analyst where he directed a staff of nonpartisan professionals who were responsible for the program and budget review of K-12 education and postsecondary education institutions and programs in California. In 1979 and 1980 he was the co-chairperson of the Student Financial Aid Policy Study Group which helped reform the state’s student financial aid system.


Guillermo Mayer
General Public Representative Speaker of Assembly Appointee

Guillermo Mayer

Guillermo Mayer is President & CEO of Public Advocates Inc., a nonprofit civil rights law firm and advocacy group committed to challenging the systemic causes of poverty and discrimination. Under his leadership, the organization has expanded its advocacy into postsecondary education, with the goal of expanding college access, affordability and success for low-income students and students of color in California.


Debra Maxie
General Public Representative Senate Rules 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.


Steve Ngo
General Public Representative

Commissioner Steve Ngo

Steve Ngo is a partner at Lozano Smith LLP, an education and public agency law firm.  He began his legal career at Minami Tamaki LLP, a San Francisco law firm known for its civil rights work and community advocacy.  


Caroline Siegel Singh
Student Representative

Commissioner Caroline Siegel Singh

Caroline Siegel Singh is currently an undergraduate student studying Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, San Diego.

Recently, she served as the President of the University of California Student Association (UCSA) — the official voice of students from across the UC’s system of campuses — where she spent two years advancing student-centered higher education policy and advocating for accessibility, affordability, and quality of the University of California system. While in this role, she also served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Associated Students of UC San Diego and represented university students at a local, state, and national level. In this capacity, Caroline led campus-wide voter registration and engagement efforts, resulting in an increased on-campus voting rate from 21.7% in 2016 to 73.50% in 2018.


David Valladolid
General Public Representative Senate Rules Appointee

Commissioner David Valladolid

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