Foundation Staff

Tykia WardenTykia is the Executive Director for the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation (SMCCCF). The SMCCCF provides philanthropic support to the students and programs at the three colleges of the San Mateo County College District: Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College.  She has embarked on a major effort to increase the percentage of community college students by awarding scholarships aiding in achieving their education goals. This objective is important for San Mateo County because the high cost of living coupled with a wide disparity in income levels prevents many students from maintaining the full-time enrollment that can more than double their rate of completion.

Tykia has twelve years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. Prior to her current position, Tykia was the Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution. Tykia has raised over $40 million in private and public funding. 

Earlier in her career, Tykia served as a consultant where she managed political fundraising campaigns for Maryland congressional officials. Additionally, Tykia worked on the Capitol Hill staff of a member of the United States House of Representatives, and for nonprofit organizations located in the Washington, D.C. area.

Tykia received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University. Tykia is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Charter member of the Omega Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Contra Costa County. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital and the Network for California Community Colleges Foundation. 

Contact Tykia at 650.358.6860 or

Brett BostonBrett's interest in education started before he began his career in marketing, when he served as a high school basketball coach and substitute teacher for five years. Since then, he has worked with several high-profile organizations in various marketing and communications roles, including promoting the Neurosurgery Department at Massachusetts General Hospital to a global audience and developing a comprehensive digital strategy for the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.

Over the years, Brett has built up experience in various industries such as higher education, health care, finance, advertising, tourism, and more on the East Coast, Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast. His openness and curiosity have allowed him to extend his skillset beyond his role into writing and designing for both traditional and digital platforms. 

Contact Brett at 650.574.6561 or

Karen ChadwickKaren Chadwick has been with the San Mateo County Community College District for 24 years. She started her career in the Financial Aid department at Skyline College and for 14 years Karen served as the Scholarship Coordinator, Inreach/Outreach Financial Aid Coordinator, and Financial Aid Technician at College of San Mateo. Karen is committed to ensuring as many students as possible have access to affordable education. Whether that be in the form of financial aid or scholarships, she is here to help students succeed in higher education.

Karen is a member of the MANA Learning Community Advisory Board, Project Change Advisory Board, UC Santa Cruz - Karl S. Pister Scholarship Review Committee, and the Co-Chair of the College of San Mateo Scholarship Committee.

Contact Karen at 650.358.6846 or

Kathleen HarrisKathleen’s advocacy for education, children, youth and their families has spanned more than 20 years and she brings a deep understanding of nonprofit management and philanthropy to her work as Development Director of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.

Throughout her career, Kathleen has successfully lobbied for affordable housing, increases in school funding, and better educational options for low-income students. Early in her career Kathleen was appointed to the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Children Youth and Their Families and later served as a program director at the Marin Community Foundation where she led its strategic initiatives for affordable housing and ending the cycle of poverty. More recently she served as the CEO of the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority in Oakland, a collaborative agency that provides funding and advocacy for the most vulnerable youth. Her commitment to community service began in her teens while attending high school in Japan.

Now a resident of Oakland, Kathleen has served on the boards of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy, the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, and as the development chair of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund. 

Contact Kathleen at 650.378.7293 or

Analisa PinedaAnalisa Pineda, an alumna of College of San Mateo, exemplifies the path to success a community college education can provide. She began her career with the San Mateo County Community College District as a student assistant while studying at CSM. Analisa was eventually hired permanently in the Chancellor’s Office as an Administrative Assistant, after which she joined the General Services/Purchasing department where she was most recently employed. As a Senior Buyer she was responsible for the procurement of goods and services across the District while operating as liaison to the finance team and auditors to ensure accurate and successful annual auditing and compliance. She was also accountable for all ledger management and controls to ensure that purchasing collaborated with finance teams to minimize risks.

Analisa holds an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from College of San Mateo and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Service & Public Policy with an emphasis in Communication from Arizona State University. 

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Melissa RohlfsMelissa is an experienced advocate for education at all levels, with a long history of marketing and communications leadership roles at public and private colleges, and universities, and K-12 schools. 

Her previous positions feature stints at Summit Public Schools in Redwood City, University of Puget Sound and Renton Technical College in Washington, and Lincoln College in Illinois. Her accomplishments include creating partnerships with key constituents on the state and local level and leading website redesigns and branding campaigns as well as media and social media trainings.

Melissa is also an accomplished writer having penned pieces for alumni publications, blogs, social media, and the web. She’s an enthusiastic supporter of equity and access in higher education and is excited about bringing more awareness and support for the needs of first-generation and non-traditional college students. Melissa channels her love of the arts by giving back to her community as a Culture and Arts Commissioner for the city of San Bruno.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Washington in Seattle. 

Contact Melissa at 650.358.6873 or