4CS Board Bios

portrait of Jim WilsonShondra West
4CS Past President

Los Medanos College

I work for Los Medanos College (LMC) as an Administrative Assistant, Sr. in the Office of Instruction. LMC is part of the Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) along with Contra Costa College (CCC) and Diablo Valley College (DVC). I have been working within the CCCCD for over 20 years, starting my career at CCC.

My experience as a classified professional has been a rewarding experience. While working in the Student Services arena for over 13 years supporting students, staff, and administrators navigate through the community college process, it inspired me to actively participate in the shared governance process; known as participatory governance. My journey as a participatory member has helped me to become familiar with district policies and procedures.

At first, I attended meetings to gain insight of my work responsibilities, not recognizing the value of sharing input would flourish into becoming an advocate for classified. I discovered empowerment by participating on various committees; planning – mission statement; curriculum – degree planning; college council – campus policies; district governance – board procedures.

I have served as a senator for LMC and before then, I served as the Classified Senate President at CCC. I joined the 4CS Board in 2014 as the Bay Area 1 Representative which allowed me to connect with classified professionals to discuss senate business, in turn, taking on an advocacy role statewide. As my statewide responsibilities increased, I progressed into the position of North Vice President leading into 4CS President.

As Past-President of 4CS, it has been a pleasure to inspire and empower classified professionals to support the mission, vision, and goals of community colleges. I will continue to take a proactive stance in assuring classified have a voice in participatory governance both locally and statewide. I recommend everyone seek opportunities to promote our engagement in the advancement of student success.