Commission Senior Management Staff

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Executive Director Marlene Garcia

Marlene L. Garcia
Executive Director

(Officially joining CSAC on May 1, 2019)

Marlene Garcia has 25 years of experience working on education policy issues for a variety of government and higher education institutions. In the fall of 2012, she joined a top Silicon Valley tech company to transform the collegiate learning experience and increase the success of students through digital learning opportunities.

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Virginia Jo Dunlap

Virginia Jo Dunlap
Interim Executive Director & General Counsel

Jo Dunlap joined the California Student Aid Commission as General Counsel in 2016.  She has served as General Counsel for a private non-profit, a senior executive in operational risk management for an international consultancy of a publicly traded company, and as a consultant in information governance and electronic content management, in addition to working with other state agencies. 

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Catalina Mistler

Catalina Mistler
Deputy Director, Program Administration & Services Division

As Division Chief of Program Administration and Services, Catalina Mistler is responsible for the oversight of the administration and delivery components of the California Student Aid Commission’s numerous grant, loan assumption and scholarship programs, including the $1 billion annual Cal Grant program that provides low income California students financial assistance at colleges and career technical schools.

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Gurinder Bains

Gurinder Bains
Chief Information Officer

Gurinder Bains was selected in June 2016 to serve as the California Student Aid Commission’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this position, he oversees an information technology (IT) portfolio of CSAC. As the CIO, Gurinder serves as the day to day lead for coordinating and managing various functions within Office of the Chief Information Officer, and provides recommendations to the Department’s senior leadership regarding IT, information management, information assurance, and website activities management and operations.