Audrey Dow
General Public Representative Governor Appointee

Audrey Dow  Commissioner General Public Representative

Audrey Dow is the Senior Vice President of the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California-based policy and research organization that ensures more students go to college and succeed. As a member of the Executive Team, she has broad responsibilities for co-leading the organizations’ strategic direction, robust research agenda, and for leading strategic media, communications and coalition building efforts. At the Campaign, she has led successful campaigns to end the use of the SAT/ACT in admissions at the University of California and California State University, ushering in remedial education and transfer reform at California’s community colleges, urgently prioritizing the hiring of racially/ethnic and gender diverse faculty, college and university leaders across California’s public institutions of higher education, and reforming financial aid to serve more low-income students regardless of when or where they go to college. She has been a principal author and contributed to numerous watershed reports on higher education and racial/ethnic inequity.

Audrey is a sought-after expert on issues of college access, success, affordability, and racial equity and often contributes and is quoted in the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Politico, The Atlantic and National Public Radio. 

Audrey has over twenty years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors where she has trained Latinas to take on elected and appointed leadership roles in the public sector at Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Dow’s career has been focused on finding solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the state of California including access and success in higher education, an aging infrastructure system, racial inclusion in hiring, contracting and university admissions, and ensuring underrepresented groups in the state have a seat at policy-making tables. 

Audrey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Domestic Policy, and a certificate in Urban Policy, from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

She was appointed in 2021 by Governor Gavin Newsom to the California Health Workforce and Education Training Council. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Excelencia in Education, the Alliance for a Better Community, the Advisory Board for Just Equations, and the CA Student Aid Commission Cal Grant Modernization Workgroup. She previously served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the California Future Health Workforce Commission and was the California State Senate’s appointee to the Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Committee. 

Audrey resides in Hacienda Heights, California with her husband Stephen and has four children; Isabella, Alexandra, Rocco and Brody.