Brown names two to community college posts

Gov. Jerry Brown today announced the appointments of two Bay Area women to posts in the state’s community college system.

Natalie BergNatalie Berg, 75, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Community Colleges Board of Governors. She has served as an elected member on the board of trustees for the City College of San Francisco since 1997; she also has worked as an independent consultant with her own firm, NKB Strategies. Earlier, Berg served with the City College of San Francisco in a variety of instruction and administrative positions from 1967 to 1997, retiring as dean of the School of Health on the John Adams Campus. Berg is a member of the Bay Area Council, and current president of Jewish Vocational Services. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Berg is a Democrat.

Van Ton QuinlivanVan Ton-Quinlivan, 42, of Burlingame, has been appointed as the Community College Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development. Ton-Quinlivan has been serving as the director of workforce development for PG&E since 2006; earlier, she served as an adjunct faculty member for De Anza Community College from 2002 to 2004, as vice president for internet marketing at Knowledge Universe from 1999 to 2001, and as director for strategic marketing at Digital Island. Ton-Quinlivan also served as a corporate strategist for Pacific Bell from 1995 to 1997. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $116,508. Ton-Quinlivan is a Democrat.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.