Meet Our Team
Jess was awarded the “Full Circle Award” by Green Technology, a non-profit initiative designed to inform government efforts toward sustainability. This award recognizes individuals who have started their career paths at the community college level and are now giving back to the college community. He was also named LATTC’s CTE Faculty of the Year in 2011.
Jess is currently serving as Chair for the California Council on Diesel Education and Technology. This council was formed by the California Air Resources Board and provides training on emission regulations enforcement for on-road diesel vehicles. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium-a consortium comprised of multiple transit bus companies and community colleges that focuses on the technical training of bus maintenance technicians and other personnel.
During his 20-years as a Curriculum Developer, Instructional Designer, Technical Writer, and Corporate Trainer, Ken has created innovative training solutions in industries as diverse as financial software (Intuit), payroll processing (Intuit Payroll), wireless telephony (AT&T Wireless), and temporary staffing (Roth Staffing Companies). He routinely achieves greater than 90% top-box scores for his self-paced multimedia modules and is a recipient of the Intuit Jordan award for excellence as an Instructional Designer, as well as numerous awards for public speaking. He is an experienced filmmaker and multimedia creator, who has worked on more than 50 film projects, including instructional and corporate videos, narrative shorts, web series, and feature films.
Prior to joining TWI, Erica served over ten years in the nonprofit sector, primarily at Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit consulting agency. While at Taproot Foundation, Erica oversaw program implementation and grant management for the newly established Los Angeles office. Under her leadership, the office expanded its service area beyond Los Angeles, and provided capacity building opportunities throughout Southern California. Erica was promoted to National Program Director where she was responsible for Taproot’s program development and strategic planning across the US, working with Fortune 500 companies to launch impactful community engagement programs nationally.
Before coming to the Transportation Workforce Institute, Erica served as an Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations within Occidental College’s career center. Throughout her career, Erica led and worked with teams to establish new processes, technology-based tools, and enhance program impact, as well as facilitate relationships with community leaders.
Erica earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), with an emphasis in Urban Affairs from California State University, Long Beach.