Chief Program Officer
Michelle Cheang is passionate about transforming student learning by supporting a positive school climate, increasing familial and community support, and providing high quality wraparound services.
Prior to joining LAPF, Cheang served five years as Dean for the Los Angeles Community College District. As the Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development for East Los Angeles College, Cheang managed the South Gate Educational Center and as the Dean of Pathway Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness at LA Trade Technical College, Cheang led academic departments, K-12 partnerships, adult education, noncredit programs, academic support services, and “College to Career” grants. Prior to that Cheang launched a new department for Youth Policy Institute focused on developing positive alternative pathways into education and careers for in and out-of-school youth.
Cheang obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego in Biological Anthropology and Critical Gender Studies. She then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Doctorate in Education from California State University, Northridge. Her dissertation title is Community college and community-based nonprofit partnerships: Supporting the college pipeline for opportunity youth.
“La educación no cambia el mundo, cambia a las personas que van a cambiar el mundo.” – Paulo Freire