Berkeley City College President Finalist Forums on September 20, 2023

Three finalists have been selected as candidates to serve as President of Berkeley City College. The three finalists for consideration are Dr. Denise Richardson, Dr. John al-Amin, and Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr.

Berkeley City College (BCC) will host a public forum for the candidates to engage with the community on Wednesday, September 20 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in the Auditorium, located in the basement level of the main campus at 2050 Center Street, Berkeley. Each candidate will have 50 minutes to engage with the community, including a presentation and question answer period. The forum will be moderated by Dr. Martin de Mucha Flores, Dean of Counseling and Student Equity at Berkeley City College.

The schedule is as follows:
Dr. Denise Richardson – 11:00am – 11:50am
Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr. – 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Dr. John al-Amin – 1:00pm – 1:50pm

We will be hosting the Forums on Zoom for those who will not be able to attend in person.
The link for the forum is here:
We will be taking questions and comments from the Zoom chat, and we encourage you to participate.

Dr. Rafe Trickey, Jr.
Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr. currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the North San Diego County Promise, a San Diego County-inclusive, collective-impact partnership that is united by a shared vision of all youth and adults reaching their fullest potential in college, career and life. He also is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Pacific Planning and Effectiveness Group, a success-supporting consulting practice. For over four decades, he has championed the maxim that when some among us are not succeeding, none of us is really succeeding. He has served as President of Comanche Nation College, a Tribal College in Oklahoma, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sisseton Wahpeton College, a Tribal College in South Dakota, as Vice President of Student Services and as Vice President of Planning and Institutional Development at the College of the Marshall Islands, as Executive Director of Development and External Relations at Citrus College in California, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the California-wide CHP 11-99 Foundation, and he has held the elected office of City Treasurer in the City of Oceanside, California.

Dr. John al-Amin
Dr. John al-Amin has spent nearly three decades in higher education, gaining skills, knowledge, and experience within the community college, CSU, and University of California systems. He has served in various roles in institutional or district operations, covering instruction, student services, and administrative services. Whether as a program instructor, research fellow, student advisor, analyst, or administrator, his focus has always been on student success and achievement through the effective use of college and district resources. He currently serves as a Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at San Francisco City College, where he provides management and direction over district business and accounting operations, risk management, facilities construction and planning, buildings and grounds services, police and safety, and informational technology services.

Dr. Denise Richardson
Dr. Denise Richardson is an experienced educational leader committed to equitable student access and success. She has a proven record in data informed and collaborative decision making, as well as student centered budgetary practices. Dr. Richardson began her journey at Peralta Community College District as part-time faculty, teaching both at Laney College and College of Alameda before being hired as a full-time political science instructor at Laney College. For over two decades, with graduate degrees in political science and educational leadership, Dr. Richardson has successfully served in several leadership positions. These roles include the Academic Senate President at Laney College, District Education Committee Co-chair, Dean of Math and Sciences, Vice President of Instruction at Merritt College, and most recently, Interim President at Berkeley City College. With a firm belief in the power of community colleges, Dr. Richardson would be profoundly honored to continue to serve Berkeley City College and PCCD.