Jan Yoshiwara started as executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in July 2017. Yoshiwara, who has been with the State Board since 1984, previously served as deputy executive director for education. In that role, she helped set policy and strategic planning for Washington’s community and technical college system, oversaw the State Board’s education division, and worked with higher education stakeholders to advance education goals and policies. She continues to uphold and advance these relationships as executive director. Yoshiwara earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of California, Davis and Master of Education in student personnel administration for higher education from Western Washington University.