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John Wykoff, Interim Executive Director

Karen Smith, General Counsel

Elizabeth Cox Brand, Executive Director, Oregon Student Success Center

Katie Archambault, Interim Operations Manager

Petrina Bigford, Administrative Assistant



260 13th St NE 

Salem, OR 97301

(503) 399-9912



Annual Conference


2018 Annual Conference

Please join us at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, OR on November 7-9 for the 2018 OCCA Annual Conference! This year's theme is "Pathways to Prosperity: Empowering Communities".

Conference schedule

Key Note Speakers

Joe Lott, Associate Professor, College of Education at the University of Washington

Joe Lott, II is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington. He has published articles about and studied racial identity development and civic engagement among Black students in college, the impact of college experiences on civic and political dispositions, how to change the college-going culture through parent-school-community partnerships, and how to leverage university-community partnerships to foster wellness and educational achievement for men and boys of color along the P-20 continuum. His current research investigates how the organizational cultures of large research universities create the conditions for disparate graduation rates between undergraduate men of color and their peers.

Joe leads the University of Washington’s Brotherhood Initiative, a collaborative partnership between the College of Education, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Division of Student Life, and The Graduate School. It focuses on empowering undergraduate men of color to thrive on campus and graduate prepared for a lifetime of leadership, service, and success. He is co-PI on an Equitable Parent-School Collaboration project that is designed to create more equitable relationships between schools, school districts, community-based organizations, and families. Joe also serves as the director for the Leadership in Higher Education master’s program in the College of Education, which prepares future higher education leaders to work in a vastly changing postsecondary environment.


Steve Brown, The Bald Futurist, and CEO of Possibility & Purpose

Former Futurist and Chief Evangelist at Intel Corporation, Steve Brown is an energetic speaker, author, strategist and advisor with over 30 years of experience in high tech.

Speaking at events all over the world, Steve helps his audiences to understand the business and societal impacts of new technologies and how they will shape the future five, ten, and fifteen years from now.

Steve is passionate about helping people to imagine and build a better future; To create new value, to optimize operations, and to delight customers in new ways, all by taking full advantage of the latest that technology has to offer. Whether talking about the future of work in a post-automation world, doing a deep dive on artificial intelligence, or discussing the future of flying cars, Steve always inspires his audiences to think beyond the current status quo and to reimagine their businesses, and their lives, for the better. He then helps his audiences to develop new strategies to navigate through, and thrive amidst, coming change.

Steve speaks and writes in plain language about the continued advances in technology and how they will combine with business, cultural and human trends to create both new opportunities and new challenges. His new book, Hacking Reality, will be published in 2018. Steve has been featured on BBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, ABC News, CBS, and in The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, and many other media outlets.

You can learn more about Steve at Baldfuturist.com where you can read his latest blog posts and review samples of his work, including his popular TED talk. You can also follow Steve on Twitter (@baldfuturist) and Facebook (www.fb.com/baldfuturist).

Steve holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Micro-Electronic Systems Engineering from Manchester University. He was born in the U.K. and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. He serves on the board of the Brian Grant Foundation, a non-profit devoted to helping people with Parkinson’s Disease to live the best life possible. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.


Chris Baldwin, Principal, Baldwin Consulting Services, LLC

As a long-time advocate for student success, Dr. Christopher Baldwin has spent the past 15 years pushing for the adoption of practices and policies that increase the likelihood that students will complete a postsecondary credential.

Chris’ work is driven by the steadfast belief that education is a great societal equalizer and that attainment of credentials beyond the high school diploma is an absolute prerequisite for gaining the skills individuals need to thrive in the 21st century.

Chris has worked with college, regional, state, and national partners to advance the “completion agenda” – a reform movement founded on best practices for improving outcomes for all students. This agenda is especially relevant for individuals from low-income and minority backgrounds facing significant structural barriers to success.

Chris is a recognized authority on college reform efforts and recently launched his own consulting business to continue to partner with college leaders, state policymakers, researchers, funders, and national intermediaries to advance the completion agenda.

His 15 years of commitment to and observation of the field are detailed in his book, The Completion Agenda in Community Colleges: What It Is, Why It Matters, and Where It's Going. The volume bridges the gaps between practice, policy, and research to provide the reader with a holistic view of community college response to the external pressure to improve student outcomes.


2017 OCCA Annual Conference

2017 OCCA Annual Conference Program