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About Governmental Relations

The Governmental Relations Division represents the Chancellor's Office before the Legislature and executive branch of the state and federal government. In addition, it is responsible for formulating and advancing the legislative agenda of the system.

Questions about legislation that affect the community colleges may be directed to the division’s key contacts:

Laura Metune, Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
lmetune@cccco.edu

Tracy Thomas
, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations
tthomas@cccco.edu

Andrea Reynolds,
Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
areynolds@cccco.edu

Rosa De Anda, Governmental Relations Specialist
rdeanda@cccco.edu

Justin C. Salenik, Governmental Relations Analyst
jsalenik@cccco.edu


Vice Chancellor for External Relations

Laura N. Metune

Vice Chancellor of External Relations Laura N. Metune joined the Chancellor’s Office in December 2016. In this role, Metune oversees a division that represents the Chancellor's Office before the legislative and executive branches of the state and federal governments. The division is also responsible for formulating and advancing the legislative agenda of the California Community Colleges. 

Metune has an extensive background with state government. She previously served as Chief Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Higher Education. As the California Assembly's lead higher education policy staffer, she helped write and win passage of landmark legislation related to student consumer protections, financial aid, and other postsecondary issues. In 2012, Metune was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Bureau Chief for the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. She also served as Committee Consultant for the Assembly Committee on Higher Education and as Legislative Director for the former chairs of the Senate Labor Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. Metune was the Legislative Consultant for Senate Subcommittee on International Trade Policy and State Legislation, a committee founded by former Senator Tom Hayden to examine the intersection of international trade agreements and state environmental and labor laws. Metune was the first permanent Senate staff member to the California Legislative Women's Caucus.

In 2016, Metune was appointed to serve as a member of the Local Control Accountability Plan Parent Advisory Committee of the Sacramento City Unified School District. In 2016-17, Metune was selected as a fellow for the California Education Policy Fellowship Program, a professional development initiative that aims to strengthen education policymaking in California.

Metune is a first generation college graduate and a product of the California Community College and California State University systems.