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

916.498.6733

Brett Chaponot

Associate Director of Program Development

Brett Chaponot serves as Associate Director of Program Development Specialist to the CollegeBuys team, supporting business operations and streamlining efficiencies. Brett serves as the secondary lead for the program’s institutional piggybackable agreements, and vets new potential institutional partners based on systemwide need.

Brett has spent the past five years serving different capacities in the non-profit sector. He started his higher learning at Santa Barbara City College and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Business Areas

  • Corporate Roundtable
  • Business Development Support
  • Customer service
  • Operations/administration

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

Travon Martin

Manager, Outreach and Engagement

Travon Martin serves as Manager of Outreach and Engagement for the CollegeBuys team, where he oversees CollegeBuys marketing support, stakeholder engagement, and corporate partnership relations. Travon supports system-wide engagement initiatives aimed at informing and improving the system. 

Travon has over 10 years of experience in community development, public relations, transformational leadership, and corporate communications in K12 education. Before joining the Foundation team, he led the Community Engagement Division for The Ontario International Airport Authority overseeing engagement, sponsorships,  governmental relations, and partnerships. He earned his bachelor’s from Cambridge College and his master’s from Azusa Pacific University.

Business Areas

  • Stakeholder Engagement Strategies
  • Corporate Relationship Development
  • Marking and Communications
  • Conference and Event Strategies

Jennifer Le

Program Specialist

Jennifer Le serves as 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
  • Contract Support
  • Programmatic Data and Analytics
  • Corporate Partners and Stakeholders Concierge Services

Ryan Rivera

Program Specialist

Ryan Rivera serves as 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

Diana Bond

Program Coordinator, Outreach and Engagement

Diana Bond serves as Program Coordinator for Outreach and Engagement on the CollegeBuys team, supporting all aspects of marketing, outreach, and engagement. Working directly with our California Community College districts, she works to enhance the understanding and usage of CollegeBuys contracts. Diana develops, writes, and creates the Quarterly newsletter as well as manages the CollegeBuys Newsroom.

Diana began her work in higher education in 2016 at Texas Tech University. Committed to mentorship and support of students, Diana was a mentor for TTU’s MentorTech Program and hopes to continue supporting the needs of California Community College students through her work with CollegeBuys. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communication from California State University, Sacramento.

Business Areas

  • Stakeholder Engagement and Relations Support
  • Corporate Marketing Strategies
  • CollegeBuys Communications
  • Conference and Events 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