Jonathan Lightman, CAE
Jonathan Lightman was selected as executive director of both the 11,000 member Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC) and the FACCC Education Institute (EI) in 1999. In this capacity, he serves as senior staff to the following entities: FACCC Board of Governors, FACCC EI Board of Directors, Legislative Committee, Political Action Committee, and Policy Committee. As FACCC’s senior lobbyist, Jonathan focuses his advocacy work on the State Budget, federal legislation, and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining FACCC, Jonathan served as director of government relations and political affairs for the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter. In that capacity, he directed all aspects of governmental and political advocacy for the 12,000-member organization, and mobilized 1,000 social workers in the “Social Work ‘96” campaign to participate in the 1996 elections.
As a contract lobbyist, Jonathan has lobbied on behalf of such interests as the State Bar of California, the California Trucking Association, the Greater Oakland International Trade Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Reading Specialists of California.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University in 1983, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received departmental honors in Politics. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1986, where he served on the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and received the Shattuck Award for excellence in legal service. In 2002, Jonathan successfully joined the ranks of the Certified Association Executives (CAE) by passing the certification exam in association management from the American Society of Association Executives.
Jonathan is married to Dr. Janis Lightman, O.D., and has two sons, Aryeh (Ari) and Noah.
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Evan joined FACCC in July of 2012 as the Membership Director and was promoted to Associate Director in 2016. In this role, Evan is responsible for recruiting and retaining membership, engaging community college faculty in legislative and political advocacy, and assisting with overall management of the association.
Evan was born in Los Angeles but grew up in the small town of Auburn, which is about 45 minutes from Sacramento. After enrolling in his first community college course at the age of 15, he continued on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Social Science from Sierra Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
Before joining FACCC, Evan worked for Brian Augusta & Associates where he directed field operations and advocacy for multiple statewide coalitions and associations. In addition, he has worked on numerous legislative and local political campaigns and is very active in political clubs and organizations in Sacramento.
Evan is a proud supporter and superfan of the California Golden Bears.
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Director of Program and Development
Lidia serves as the Director of Program and Development for the FACCC Education Institute. With significant experience in conference development and fund raising, most recently with the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Lidia is excited about directing her efforts to community college faculty.
“We need to do everything possible to strengthen our community colleges, particularly the dedicated faculty members who provide both the classroom and other support needed for students to succeed in their education and life goals.”
An alumna of Sacramento City College, Lidia benefited from the community college experience which she credits for helping launch her professional career. Also, as an immigrant from Romania, Lidia believes the community colleges are essential in serving our diverse populations.
Lidia’s enthusiasm for the work of FACCC and the FACCC Education Institute is unmistakable. “I credit my community college experience for helping me achieve my goals. It’s amazing to be in a position to serve not only the talented faculty, but also – by extension — the millions of students who attend these institutions.”
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Austin Webster joined FACCC in April 2015 as the Director of Communications and was promoted to Director of External Affairs in 2017. Austin oversees FACCC’s legislative agenda and stakeholder relationships, as well as FACCC’s press relations, internal and external media, and production of the FACCCTS journal.
Prior to joining FACCC, Austin spent nearly five years coordinating outreach, government affairs, and other special projects for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He had also spent over a year with the California State Senate, working for then President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg.
Austin was born in Southern California and moved north to attend the University of the Pacific where he studied Organizational Behavior, Political Science, and International Commerce. He is also an alumnus of several California Community Colleges, including Barstow Community College, San Joaquin Delta College, and Sacramento City College.
When not making ample use of his passport, Austin resides in Downtown Sacramento and can often be found catching the soccer match of the day. He is active with a number of political organizations and serves on the board of directors for the local YMCA.
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Cynthia Castillo joined FACCC in January 2017 to assist in all aspects of direct and grassroots advocacy. In this newly created role, she is eager to engage faculty members in legislative and political advocacy, rising to the challenges of our state and federal dynamics. Cynthia has outstanding presentation and social media skills, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Before FACCC, Cynthia served as a field organizer for the California Democratic Party in one of the country’s most competitive congressional elections, and had worked in administration for the state’s largest visual care insurance provider.
Cynthia attended Sierra College prior to transferring to California State University Sacramento, where she studied Mass Communications. A first generation American, she now resides in Midtown Sacramento where she can often be found at the latest movie premier, music festival, or art show.
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Assistant to the Director
Janet Oropeza joined FACCC in 1992 as the executive secretary after moving to the Sacramento area from the Bay Area. She changed some of her job duties as she assumed some bookkeeping duties when FACCC’s bookkeeper retired. She also serves as FACCC’s meeting planner.
She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she worked as a secretary for 18 years. Janet attended Skyline College for two years before embarking on her secretarial career.
Janet makes her home in Lincoln along with her husband, Alex and son, Josh.
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Soni joined FACCC in 1996 and serves as the Secretary/Receptionist.
She was born in Vietnam, lived in San Francisco and moved to Sacramento in 1986. She attended Cosumnes River and Sacramento City Colleges prior to transferring to California State University Sacramento.
Soni now resides in Elk Grove with her husband Vinny and her two doggies, Goldie and Nala. In her spare time, she likes to watch movies, try new restaurants and travel.
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