Rowena Tomaneng

Member, Board of Directors

Dr. Rowena Tomaneng’s leadership, teaching, service, and research are guided by social justice frameworks. In July 2016, she joined the Peralta Community College District as the new President of Berkeley City College. She has been a multicultural educator for over 20 years, creating bridges between community colleges and community based organizations such as the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Filipino Youth Coalition, and Asian Law Alliance. She previously served as the Associate Vice President of Instruction at De Anza College, overseeing student-centered offices and programs, including the Office of Equity, Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, and Pathway programs such as IMPACT AAPI, an AANAPISI federally funded program to increase Filipino, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander student success. For over 15 years, she has served as a faculty associate of The Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute in Cupertino, CA.

In addition, she has actively engaged in culturally focused local, regional, and national organizations and has led advocacy campaigns to increase Filipino immigrant and workers’ rights and police accountability. At Berkeley Community College, she continues her community engagement through developing and sustaining educational partnerships. A transfer student from Cypress College, she received her BA in English from the University of California, Irvine and her MA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. This May 2017, after completion of her dissertation on The Educational Dimensions of Filipina Migrant Workers’Activist Identities, she received her EdD in International Multiculural Education from the School of Education, University of San Francisco.