Rowena Tomaneng

Dr. Rowena M. Tomaneng has been the President of Berkeley City College in the Peralta Community College District since 2016. She currently serves on the Boards for the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges, Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. She is also a commissioner on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity for the American Association of Community Colleges.

Prior to her presidency, Dr. Tomaneng served multiple roles at De Anza College in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, including tenured faculty in English, Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies, founding Director of The Institute for Community and Civic Engagement, Dean of Language Arts, and Associate Vice President of Instruction. She was selected as a Fellow for California Campus Compact’s Bridge-Building Initiative for Emerging Leaders of Color in Higher Education, Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholars for New Perspectives in Higher Education, and The Wheelhouse Leadership Institute, University of California, Davis.

Dr. Tomaneng received her EdD in International/Multicultural Education with a concentration in Human Rights Education from University of San Francisco, an MA in English from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA in English from University of California, Irvine. She has published in venues such as the Journal of Multicultural Perspectives and Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College, and she is currently on the editorial board for The Association of American Colleges and Universities’ Diversity and Democracy and Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies.