Candidate Forums: Friday, May 14, 2021

Jake HurleyJake Hurley
Time: 9:00 am
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Jake M. Hurley is an experienced human resources administrator with almost twenty years of combined experience in both academic and non-academic settings. He is currently the Deputy Director of Human Resources/Chief Labor Negotiator at the County of Marin. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives across human resources disciplines, business process improvement, project and change management, development and administration of countywide personnel policies, continuity of operations planning during the COVID-19 pandemic, employee and labor relations, and leave management.

Jake previously served as the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources at Sacramento State, and in various academic personnel and human resources roles with the University of California. Prior to his eight years in academia, he worked as a labor relations/personnel attorney for the State of California and a union representative/union attorney for the Service Employees International Union.

Jake graduated with a JD from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and his Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts from De Anza College with a secondary major in Multicultural and Intercultural Studies. He lives in Sacramento with his wife, Carol, and their three sighthounds. In his spare time, Jake enjoys riding his motorcycle, photography, travel, roasting coffee, researching obscure historical events/places, and learning Mandarin.

Joseph AbhulimenJoseph Abhulimen
Time: 10: 00 am
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As Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for Yuba Community College District, Joseph Jr. Abhulimen celebrates diversity, inclusion, and providing opportunities to faculty and students with equal access to resources for success.

As a first-generation American with Nigerian roots, Mr. Abhulimen has dedicated over 20 years working with advocacy groups within marginalized communities throughout Northern California to build cultural bridges and connect students and working adults with educational resources and employment opportunities. In 2012, Mr. Abhulimen was awarded the “30 under 30” award by the Sacramento Observer for his community development work.

Growing up in a working-class immigrant family, like so many students from similar backgrounds, Mr. Abhulimen had no college fund. His ambitions, clear values, academic curiosity, and positive energy kept him focused as a working student for many years. Mr. Abhulimen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sacramento State University, a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco, and a Juris Doctorate from the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. Mr. Abhulimen is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

As a professional, Mr. Abhulimen brings over 12 years of experience implementing statewide government projects and initiatives to the Yuba Community College District family. Holding vital roles from Training Manager to Chief Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, Mr. Abhulimen uses his strong strategic planning, transformative leadership, and relationship-building abilities to make valuable impacts as it relates to human relation matters. Mr. Abhulimen’s main priority is to build an inclusive environment where everyone can express their ideas while solving sensitive problems.

In those rare moments when Mr. Abhulimen is not working, you can find him relaxing by the water, vacationing with his wife and son. Taking time out to appreciate life, reflecting on one’s journey, and aspiring to make positive change is a personal philosophy that Mr. Abhulimen encourages. Mr. Abhulimen’s office doors are always open. New ideas and open communication are welcomed.