Commissioner Brian E. Conley is an appointee of California State Assembly Speaker John Perez He previously served six terms on the Board of Trustees of Rancho Santiago Community College District. During his 24 year tenure as a trustee, Conley served an unprecedented five times as board president. He was selected 2009 to serve as the State Coordinator for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the nations community college trustee professional association, based in Washington, D.C. While serving on the board of trustees, Conley worked extensively with state and federal legislators on legislation and funding issues for California community colleges. Brian was also appointed by the California State Assembly to the Statewide Pupil Assessment Review Board.
For 30 years, Brian Conley was a professor at Golden West College, where he served as department chair for ten years and participated on numerous academic committees.
In 1999, Governor Gray Davis appointed Conley to the Board of Governors of the California Community College System, a position he held for four years.
Prior to his appointment as professor at GWC, he served two years as an aide to California Congressman Jerome R. Waldie. Conley has also served as an advisor on higher educations issues for California Assembly Members, California State Senators, State Cabinet members, and Congressional leaders.
Conley has received many awards and accolades including the National Trustee Leadership Award from the ACCT. the Advocate of the Year Award from the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, Community College Leadership Award for the California Federation of Teachers and the Outstanding Alumni Award from both Sacramento City College and California State University, Sacramento. Brian has been recognized by both the California State Assembly and the California Sate Senate for his leadership in education. He also has received two Television Arts & Sciences "Emmy" nominations for educational productions he directed and produced.
Conley holds an Associate degree, Bachelor's degree, and a Master's degree. He has also completed graduate work at UCLA, Pepperdine University, CSU Long Beach, and Beaux-Arts in Geneva, Switzerland. Brian Conley presently is a independent consultant in higher education.