CollegeBuys Team

Our team of experts have decades of experience supporting the purchasing processes in higher education. Whether you have questions about our piggybackable contracts, our vendor partnerships, or want to find a purchasing solution for your campus, our dedicated team of professionals knows the right contracts to meet your college or district’s needs.

Telephone

916.491.4467

Jorge J.C. Sales

Vice President of Program Development

Jorge J.C. Sales, Vice President of Program Development, oversees several programs in the Foundation. Programs under his purview include (1) CollegeBuys, the California Community Colleges’ systemwide business and procurement program; (2) Intersegmental Collaboration through the California Higher Education Shared Services (CHESS) initiative; and (3) Equity programs concentrated on statewide student mental health, foster youth, and food insecurity programs. Mr. Sales’ work is focused on access, equity, and corporate partnerships – working closely with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and systemwide stakeholders, as well as corporate partners to explore opportunities for continued access for colleges, students, faculty, and staff in California’s public higher education institutions.

Mr. Sales has over 10 years of experience in California’s government and nonprofit sectors, having worked with then-Attorney General Edmund G. Brown in various public affairs capacities in the capitol region, and directing a regional election campaign for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Sales received his bachelor’s in economics, and his juris doctor and masters in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Business Areas

  • Business and Program Development
  • California Higher Education Shared Services
  • Programmatic Strategic Direction
  • Statewide Liaison with Partners and Stakeholders

Telephone

916.491.4467

Jennifer Keiper

Senior Director of CollegeBuys

Jennifer Keiper serves as Senior Director of CollegeBuys at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. In this role, she oversees CollegeBuys’ operations by sustaining core business lines, diversifying service and commodity-based procurement opportunities, improving departmental efficiencies, and leading the department’s compliance efforts. She works closely with various community college stakeholders to ensure their needs are being reflected in the program’s statewide procurement and strategic sourcing agreements, focusing on legal compliance, cost savings, risk mitigation, vendor accountability, and resource optimization. Simultaneously, Jennifer collaborates with corporate and intersegmental partners to increase access and cost savings for students, colleges, and the system as a whole. She also oversees the program’s retail division, which provides greater access and cost savings on technology hardware, software, and ancillary products to community college students, faculty, and staff.

Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in California’s public sector, most of which has been dedicated to contracting in higher education within the CCC and UC systems. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Pre-Law, and her juris doctor in public interest from University of California, Davis School of Law.

Business Areas

  • Program Strategy, Development, and Management
  • Business Operations and Contracting Oversight
  • Legal and Contractual Compliance
  • Statewide Liaison with Partners and Stakeholders

Kevin Wutke

Senior Director of CollegeBuys Business Innovation

Kevin Wutke serves as the Senior Director of CollegeBuys Business Innovation at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. His role is focused on spearheading the development and expansion of new programs, with a particular focus on initiatives such as SchoolBuys, CivicBuys, the Corporate Roundtable, and the FoundationCCC’s eCommerce platform for students. He cultivates collaborative partnerships with a diverse array of enterprise stakeholders, fostering synergies with colleagues across California’s community colleges, K-12 districts, and local government entities.

Kevin has over seven years of experience working with California’s community colleges across a range of student success, equity, and procurement programs. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in philosophy from the Ohio State University.

Business Areas

  • Program Strategy, Development, and Management
  • Statewide Liaison with Partners and Stakeholders
  • System and Budget Priorities
  • Retail Store Management

Telephone

916.325.8561

Jorge Burwick

Senior Program Manager

Jorge Burwick serves as the Senior Program Manager, CollegeBuys where he oversees CollegeBuys contracts, vendor relationships, and contract support functions. Based on systemwide need, he works to develop new business lines by vetting prospective vendors and managing compliant requests for proposals. Jorge supports systemwide collaborative procurement initiatives.

Jorge has over 10 years of experience in higher education and has committed himself to working with projects that focus on equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Foundation, he managed student programs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities where he was responsible for corporate relations and campus outreach. Jorge is a native Texan and earned his bachelor’s from Trinity University and master’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Business Areas

  • Business Operations
  • Business Development
  • Contract Management
  • District Support

Ryan Rivera

Senior Program Specialist

Ryan Rivera serves as Senior Program Specialist for the CollegeBuys team. He provides support for CollegeBuys technology contracts with Adobe, ESRI, Redistricting Services, and Systemwide Technology Access Collaborative (STAC), and coordinates awareness activities for business development and maintains the departmental client relations management (CRM) system.

Ryan was previously with the CollegeBuys team as a Program Assistant, before moving to Southern California. Over the past five years he has worked in the areas of accounting, business development, marketing, and sales. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento.

Business Areas

  • Adobe, ESRI, Redistricting Services, and STAC
  • CollegeBuys E-store
  • Programmatic logistics
  • Administrative and customer support

Alexander Alvarado

Program Coordinator

Alex Alvarado serves as Retail Programs Coordinator for the CollegeBuys team. He provides support for the CollegeBuys technology contract. This includes operation of Adobe and California Connects and involves user account administration and product fulfillment.

Alex has 10 years of experience in customer and technical support from call center and help desk roles. He is a California native with much of his experience coming from Apple, Toyota, and nonprofits.

Business Areas

  • Adobe
  • California Connects
  • CollegeBuys E-store
  • Administrative and Customer Support

Trisha Saberian

Operations & Events Coordinator

Trisha serves as Operations & Events Coordinator for the CollegeBuys Team, providing programmatic and administrative support for the department. She contributes to CollegeBuys’ engagement and outreach efforts, manages stakeholder records, and supports the planning and facilitation of the department’s professional development opportunities and events.

Trisha received her bachelor’s degrees in Public Health Sciences and Urban Studies from University of California, Irvine in 2022. She hopes to further establish her career within the non-profit sphere and support student success through contributing to CollegeBuys’ and the Foundation’s mission.

Business Areas

  • Program Operations
  • Conferences and Events
  • Administrative Support

Heather Cade-Bauer

Procurement Contracts Coordinator

Heather Cade-Bauer serves as the Procurement Contract Coordinator for the CollegeBuys team. She provides bid and contract support while building and cultivating relationships with district stakeholders and vendors.

Heather has over 10 years of experience working in the California Community College system with nine of those years focused on public procurement. She is very excited to further her knowledge of public procurement and assist the CollegeBuys team by increasing engagement throughout the system.

Business Areas

  • Bids and Contract Support
  • Business Operations
  • Business Development

Adrian Brennan-Evans

Contracts & Compliance Associate

Adrian serves as Contracts & Compliance Associate for the CollegeBuys team. In that role, he is responsible for providing the CollegeBuys program with a wide range of support, including contract drafting and maintenance, lifecycle management, legal compliance, risk management, information governance, vendor interfacing, customer service, and other administrative tasks. 

Adrian has a dedicated history of work in the public sector both in the Bay Area and the greater Sacramento area. He hopes to build on this commitment to public service with the Foundation by supporting the mission and vision of the CollegeBuys program. Adrian received his bachelor’s in Philosophy from the University of California, Davis in 2018 with an emphasis in Pre-Law, his J.D. from the U.C. Davis School of Law in 2023, and he is a licensed attorney in California.

Business Areas

  • Program Operations
  • Contract Support
  • Legal Compliance
  • Administrative and Customer Support

Ahra Dickson

Program Assistant

Ahra serves as Program Assistant to the CollegeBuys team. She provides administrative support to the Foundation’s CollegeBuys Department, serving as a resource to partners and stakeholders, coordinating calendars and events, logistics, contract support, and assists with engagement and outreach.

Business Areas

  • Program Operations
  • Business Operations
  • Stakeholder Concierge Service
  • Administrative Support

Lizbeth Pineda

Program Assistant

Lizbeth Pineda serves as Program Assistant for the CollegeBuys team. She provides administrative support and external customer service for the CollegeBuys e-Store. Lizbeth also works with districts and students to facilitate access to our existing programs.

Lizbeth received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from the California State University of Sacramento in 2018. She aspires to grow her career with the Foundation and continue supporting all efforts to promote student success.

Business Areas

  • Customer Service and Administrative Support
  • California Connects program, Adobe
  • Program Support

Vanessa Ruiz

Retail Assistant

Vanessa serves as Retail Assistant for the CollegeBuys team at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. As Retail Assistant, she provides customer service and administrative support for the CollegeBuys e-Store. Additionally, Vanessa works with students and faculty to facilitate access to our programs.

Vanessa received her bachelor’s in Communications with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Sacramento in 2020.

Business Areas

  • Adobe
  • California Connects
  • Customer Service and Administrative Support

Aneka Yee

Student Law Clerk

Aneka serves as Student Law Clerk for the CollegeBuys team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning with a concentration in Climate Policy from University of California, Davis in 2022. She is expecting her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2025. Aneka’s educational career began at City College of San Francisco, and she is excited to support the community college system through her work with the Foundation.

Business Areas

  • Contract Support
  • Program Operations
  • Legal Compliance
  • Administrative and Customer Support