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, overseeing all of the program’s statewide procurement and strategic sourcing agreements. She works closely with various community college stakeholders to ensure their needs are being reflected in CollegeBuys agreements, focusing on legal compliance, cost savings, risk mitigation, vendor accountability, and resource optimization. Jennifer also serves on the CCC Climate Action and Sustainability Advisory Committee, which informed and helped guide the program’s Sustainable Procurement Guidelines.

Jennifer has over 10 years of experience in California’s public sector, nine of which have 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

Telephone

916.325.8561

Jorge Burwick

Operations Manager

Jorge Burwick serves as the Operations 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

Jennifer Le

Senior Program Specialist

Jennifer Le serves as Senior Program Specialist of the CollegeBuys team. She provides support for the concierge services overseeing stakeholder support functions, manages data exchanges with corporate partners, and maintains the departmental Client Relations Management (CRM) system.

Jennifer has over seven years of experience in the non-profit sector and started with the Foundation’s Community Impact Department before continuing her growth with the CollegeBuys team. Jennifer is a Sacramento native and earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento.

Business Areas

  • Business Operations and Systems
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Relations
  • Programmatic Data and Analytics
  • Communication, Conference and Events

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

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

Adrian Brennan-Evans

Student Law Clerk

Adrian serves as Student Law Clerk for the CollegeBuys team. As Law Clerk, 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, customer service, and other administrative tasks.

Adrian has a dedicated history of work in the public sector both in the bay area and greater Sacramento. 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 degree in Philosophy with a focus in Pre-Law from University of California, Davis, and he is expecting his J.D. in the spring of 2023 from King Hall.

Business Areas

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