Local Education Leader to Join McConnell board

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Eva Valdivia Jimenez will become a McConnell Foundation director during its annual meeting in February. She is assistant superintendent/vice president of Economic and Workforce Development and the executive director of the Shasta College Foundation. As an administrator for the past decade, her focus has been on leveraging her private-industry management experience to forge new community business partnerships.

Eva is active in her community — belonging to Redding Rotary and the Redding Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on Dignity Health’s North State Advisory Board and the Community Corrections Partnership Board. In her professional capacity, she is president of the California Community College Association for Occupational Education; she is founder of the STEP-UP Program; and is a key player in the creation of SHIELD, a partnership of public service agencies.

“Eva is a welcome addition to the McConnell board at this time with regard to the Foundation’s priorities. Education is the focus of three Foundation programs. Community Vitality is the core of our work in downtown Redding’s revitalization. The Foundation recognizes a healthy community depends upon strong public, private and nonprofit sectors,” said Lee Salter, board chair. “Eva has experience and passion in all of these disciplines.”

“We are confident Eva will immediately bring value, and a fresh perspective, to our work. Our five member board and staff work closely together and Eva’s reputation for working strategically and collaboratively precedes her,” added President & CEO John Mancasola.

Jimenez immigrated from Mexico to Dunsmuir, California, at the age of six. She attended College of the Siskiyous in Weed, then transferred to Sacramento State University where she earned her MBA. She moved to Redding in 2001 to be near her parents, who live in Redding. Jimenez is married to Kris Koeberer, and is the proud mother of two daughters and three stepchildren. She describes her most accomplished success as beating breast cancer in 2018.

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