CCC Welcomes New Interim VP of Instruction, Norma Ambriz-Galaviz

Contra Costa College (CCC) is excited to welcome Dr. Norma Ambriz-Galaviz, who will be serving as CCC’s Interim Vice President of Instruction until the permanent position can be filled later this year.

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz’s skills and expertise come at an excellent time for CCC. Her experience as a community college leader, including extensive coaching and mentoring, will help her meet the needs and challenges CCC currently faces while she supports the college’s Academic Services division.

“In the midst of this pandemic, we have learned that life continues but in a more cautious manner,” Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz shared. “Last spring and summer, our students learned, faculty transitioned, classified supported, and administrators led. I’m looking forward to continuing the work already started at CCC this fall with primarily moving to online instruction and services for our students.” 

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has served as President of Merritt College and Vice Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. She has also been Acting President/Special Assistant to the President at San Jose Evergreen Community College District, and Vice President of Instruction for Mission College of the West Valley Community College District.  

Her impressive resume also includes over seventeen years at Chabot College and experience as a psychology instructor, counselor, Special Student Services Dean, Dean of Counseling Services, and Social Sciences Division Dean. 

The first in her family to graduate from college, Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz was raised in Watsonville/Salinas Valley, where she attended North Salinas High School and Hartnell College. She then transferred to San Diego State University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees before going on to earn a Doctorate in Educational Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.  

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz has maintained residency in the East Bay since 1990, living with her children and husband, Felix Galaviz, co-founder of the Puente Project.

“We both believe in making a difference for our community college students, our future leaders,” said Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz.

An active member of the community, she has been a member of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Association of California Community College Administrators, California Community College Chief Instructional Administrators, Alameda County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary Club of Oakland.  

Dr. Ambriz-Galaviz looks forward to a productive fall at CCC. “I congratulate the students, classified, faculty, and administrators for a job well done in Spring 2020,” she concluded. “You are the unsung heroes of higher education.”