Jan Yoshiwara is the executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, an agency that administers Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. The State Board sets policy, allocates state operating and capital funds to the colleges, strategically plans the two-year college mission, and approves educational programs.
Yoshiwara assumed the role of executive director in July 2017 after serving as deputy executive director for the State Board’s Education Division. The division consists of instruction, student services, eLearning, policy research, and performance accountability. Yoshiwara also worked with senior staff at colleges, universities, higher education and K-12 agencies, the Office of the Governor, federal and state lawmakers, and state business and labor partners to advance education goals and policies. She continues to uphold and advance these relationships as executive director.
Yoshiwara has had a long career at the State Board. She started with the agency in 1984 and worked as associate director of planning and information services and associate director for student services and minority affairs. Yoshiwara earned a BS in zoology from the University of California, Davis, and a MEd in student personnel administration for higher education from Western Washington University.