Keetha Mills is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Since 2012, she has led the Foundation in its role as nonprofit auxiliary partner to the California Community Colleges, the largest system of higher education in the nation with nearly 2 million students that represent the great diversity of the state. A community college alumni herself, Mills understands firsthand the value of a community college experience and the power education has to change the trajectory of someone’s life. With this mindset, she has guided the organization to achieve steady and sustainable growth to provide over $120 million in annual resources to students, colleges, and communities.
Mills has nearly 30 years of experience in executive leadership, nonprofit management, finance, accounting, and operations. She assumed the role of President and CEO following four years serving as the organization’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining the Foundation, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, and as the Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. She managed a $490 million portfolio of assets for Hines Interest Limited Partnership, and worked with two of the nation’s largest accounting firms at the time, Arthur Andersen and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mills also acted in an executive leadership role at Dynegy, an S&P 500 company.
Mills earned an associate of arts degree in business administration from Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Houston. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors of HEAL Trafficking, Mills also currently serves on the California Lottery Commission, helping to maximize the Lottery’s supplemental funding to the state’s public education systems.