Established in 1972, the Foundation financially supports scholarships and campus programs.
The San Diego City College Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring student access and success at San Diego City College through raising funds, building partnerships, and advocating for students and the college.
Our vision is to be one of America's preeminent community colleges, propelled by our passion for assuring student success, serving our entire community, and pursuing greatness.
- Raise money to support student educational achievement.
- Reduce barriers to students' academic success.
- Advocate on behalf of students and the college.
- Develop and maintain partnerships that will benefit students and the college.
- Support San Diego City College's mission, vision, and values.
A volunteer board of directors composed of representatives of community leaders, business and industry, alumni, and educators governs the Foundation.
San Diego City College Foundation is a non-profit organization that is designated to receive gifts from private sources such as individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Foundation is compliant with donor restrictions for the use of their generous gifts, timely distribution of funds to students, smart investments of fund, reporting to the community, and sound fiscal management.
Foundation Board Members
Ricky Shabazz, Ed.D., President, San Diego City College
Dr. Ricky Shabazz is an enthusiastic, student-centered leader with 18+ years of executive experience advancing academic achievement, educational equity, and diversity. He is a team builder with an accomplished record of improving access to higher education, developing collaborative partnerships, cultivating improved institutional practices, and promoting innovative solutions and dialogue. His mother was a teenage parent, and he was the first person in his family to attend college. He is a passionate, lifelong learner committed to the community college mission to educate a diverse community of learners.
As San Diego City College's President, he provides executive leadership at one of the most innovative and socially active community colleges in the nation with a focus on student completion, success, and social justice. He has previously held positions as Vice President of Student Services, San Bernardino Valley College; Dean of Student Services, El Camino College Compton Center; Associate Director of Admissions, Harvey Mudd College; MESA Program Director and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Davis (UCD); and Analyst in the University of California Office of the President.
Dr. Shabazz earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership, a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, San Bernardino, and a bachelor's degree from UCD. His research expertise is in increasing college access for underrepresented students.
Sid Voorakkara - Chairman
Mr. Voorakkara serves as the Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. He is responsible for promoting California business investment resources with businesses, economic development stakeholders, local communities, site selection consultants and trade associations. Mr. Voorakkara also serves as the GO-Biz representative on the Governor's Military Council. Moreover, he partners with California's elected delegation and other public and private economic development stakeholders to develop long-term initiatives to grow and expand economic outputs. Additionally Mr. Voorakkara was the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development representative in the greater San Diego region. In this capacity, he was responsible for working with local, regional and state partners to attract, retain and support the growth of area businesses.
Prior to this service, Mr. Voorakkara spent nearly two decades in various positions as a communication and media specialist, as well as a program manager with The California Endowment, the state's largest private foundation,.
Mr. Voorakkara is the Vice Chair of the city of San Diego's Ethics Commission, chairs the San Diego City College Foundation Board of Directors and is a Board Trustee of the San Diego Museum of Man.
Michael Taylor - Vice Chairman
Michael Taylor is an archaeologist and President of NWB Environmental Services, LLC, a cultural resource management firm specializing in an array of archaeological services, including FAA compliant aerial services using drones.
Mr. Taylor is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps infantry, and a graduate of San Diego City College and Columbia University in the City of New York. He serves on the Board of Directors at The Old Globe and on the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Archaeological Center. Mr. Taylor is also the founder of the San Diego Black Renaissance, a new movement dedicated to empowering San Diego's Black community through strategic visibility and access. He is the host, director, and producer of Theatre Corner, a theatre interview series created to increase more diverse interest and involvement in the theatre scene. Through the show he spotlights actors, playwrights, directors, and other theatre professionals.
Michael Taylor is a film maker and President of NWB Imaging, a film production company. He has written, directed, and produced short films and various video productions.
Ms. Ramirez is a seasoned advisor, whose experience spans nearly two decades in various higher education settings, including scholarship management and delivery, academic advising, financial aid, and registration services.
Currently serving as the San Diego City College Scholarship Coordinator, Ms. Ramirez manages contributions from campus and community partners, and the resulting scholarships, benefitting the student population. Working directly with donors, Ms. Ramirez identifies potential applicants, promotes the opportunities, and mentors students through the application process. Researching data, she informs donors of current and future student needs on-campus.
Past experiences encompass work in both large and small-scale private and public four-year universities, including, North Central College, Concordia University, DePaul University, and the University of California San Diego.
Ms. Ramirez holds a B.A. in Communication from Purdue, and an M.A. in New Media Studies from DePaul University.
Kim Michaels, D.B.A
Dr. Michaels is currently Director of Turbomachinery Operations for Solar Turbines (Caterpillar subsidiary). Kim has overall responsibility for gas turbine engine manufacturing in addition to engine assembly and test operations. Her position is a strategic business role responsible to ensure people, quality, velocity and cost goals are met. Based in San Diego, she oversees a large organization of approximately 1,000 employees including manufacturing facilities in San Diego and Gardena, California and Oklahoma.
Previously, Kim was the Director of Power Generation Global Business Development. In addition to being responsible for Worldwide Power Generation Sales, she developed the business units' growth initiatives. She also developed country strategies and new business relationships outside the U.S.
Kim is accountable for Solar Turbines' Apprenticeship program which was featured on CNBC. This program is a long standing relationship between San Diego City College, the State of California and Solar Turbines. Kim is an executive sponsor of the Solar Young Women's Academy which is a cooperation between Solar Turbines, Mathematic, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) and Sweetwater High School.
A native Minnesotan, Kim earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University and a doctorate degree in Business Administration from United States International University.
Ferenc Pantokai - Secretary
Ferenc Pankotai holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering Degree with specialization of Turbo Machinery and Aerospace from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Hungary), and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering, specialization in Design Manufacturing from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (USA). He has more than 20 years of experience designing and managing gas turbine manufacturing globally. Ferenc has been with Solar Turbines, a Caterpillar Company since 1998, and is currently the General Manager for Rotating Component, Additive Manufacturing and Global Tooling. He also responsible for new product prototyping and manufacturing technology development, which now includes additive manufacturing deployment.
As an alumna of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), Lupe Sandoval has experienced firsthand the wraparound support and investment of an educational equity program. As the Coordinator for the BLCI Upward Bound Program, Lupe has come full circle: from student to mentor. Lupe's philosophy on the importance of a college education is also informed by her leadership, advocacy, and the firm belief that a college degree is more about civic participation and finding a voice than just the promise of upward mobility. Lupe's primer on education, litigation, & policy advocacy began through her internship with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and has persisted in her community organizing efforts within the most resilient communities in San Diego. Presently, Lupe chairs the BLCI Alumni Advisory Committee which engages alumni and fundraises scholarships for students.
Joshua Golter, SHRM-CP, MBA
Joshua Golter is a Human Resources leader with a passion for leading strategic teams in the pursuit of opportunities to deliver solutions which achieve remarkable results for organizations and communities. He believes in seeing things differently and challenging the status quo through purposeful initiatives and harmonizing key systems and tools, all while monitoring resources and return on investment.
Currently, Joshua is the Manager of the Human Resources programs team at General Dynamics - NASSCO, where he and his team of project managers and specialists focus on compensation strategy, driving HR operational excellence initiatives, and establishing new community training partnerships. The team's other areas of impact include, workforce planning, grant funding, providing consultation for all strategic HR projects, and employer branding.
Joshua earned his MBA at the University of Redlands and has extended his stay there as an Adjunct Professor teaching HR and finance courses in the School of Business and School of Continuing Studies.