Dr. ​Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza

President - West Valley College

Dr. ­­­­Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza​

​Dr. Taylor-Mendoza has over twenty years of experience in the California Community College system, serving in a variety of roles including vice president of instruction, dean of academic support and learning technologies, director, tenured faculty member, and classified professional.  She is co-author of Minding the Obligation Gap in Community Colleges: Theory and Practice in Achieving Educational Equity. President Taylor-Mendoza is also an Aspen Institute Presidential Fellow.   

“I am honored to work alongside West Valley College’s talented students, faculty, classified professionals, administrators, and community partners to continue the college’s rich history of academic excellence,” said Dr. Taylor-Mendoza. “West Valley College is the destination for upward economic mobility for generations of Santa Clara County residents. I pay tribute to the great work of my predecessors by continuing to focus on strategic planning, policy reform, and professional development to enhance student access and achievement. Leadership matters, and I realize my role during this pivotal time in our nation as we work towards a more just society for our communities, no matter the political winds. I am excited to work collectively with the Chancellor and Board of Trustees to move the district forward as we continue the great work in considering new directions, innovations, and opportunities.” 

In addition to her role as President, Dr. Taylor-Mendoza currently serves on a variety of councils and boards in San Mateo Counting, including serving the Cabrillo Education Foundation, California Community College Athletic Association, Castilleja School, Half Moon Bay’s Coast Pride, and HIP (Human Investment Project) Housing. She is also an Umoja Community Education Foundation legacy founder and former director of their board.