Dr. Joi Lin Blake’s Biography

Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D.


Dr. Joi Lin Blake has over 30 years of progressive administrative and leadership experience in Instructional and Student Services programs. She previously served as the President of College of Alameda in the Peralta Community College District. Her other administrative and leadership positions have included, Vice President of Student Services at Skyline College, Dean of Student Development and Matriculation at San Diego Mesa College, Policy Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education, in the Offices of the Under Secretary, Dr. Martha Kanter, and Vocational and Adult Education, Interim Dean of Instructional Support Services, Interim Staff Development Coordinator, and Academic Senate President at Southwestern College. In addition, she has successfully served as a tenured Professor/Counselor. Dr. Blake has served on the statewide Chief Student Services Officers Board and currently serves on the California Colleges for International Education Board as treasurer.

Dr. Blake’s leadership skills and qualifications include experience developing and implementing innovative programs for diverse traditional and nontraditional student populations in credit, non-credit and contract education programs. Her scope of responsibilities has included providing leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of key components of instruction and student services programs.

Dr. Blake is a progressive leader that utilizes organizational change strategy as an essential tool to achieve institutional outcomes and effectiveness.  She has provided leadership for national, district and campus-wide strategic planning initiatives. This has involved working closely with campus and community constituents to ensure programs and services are strategically and systematically aligned with the institutional priorities outlined in the district/campus strategic plan, accreditation requirements, education/facilities master plan, student learning/service area outcomes, planning and research data. She has experience using research-based frameworks such as Completion by Design (CBD) and Voluntary Framework for Accountability (VFA) as models to develop and implement district/campus initiatives.


Dr. Blake’s accomplishments to date have been the development and implementation of a nationally recognized African American/Latino Male Leadership Summit, partnerships with Alameda Chamber of Commerce, American Association of University Women (AAUW), BART, Alameda League of Women Voters, Perforce Technology, Girls, Inc.-Alameda, NPOWER, Tenacity 10 Lacrosse, Tesla Motors, and resource development in excess of $800, 000 within the first 8 months of her presidency. She will have mobilized the College of Alameda to launch the College of Alameda Promise Program in fall 2016 for Alameda High School graduates. Students will attend the first year of college for free which supports President Obama’s College Promise Program. Dr. Blake has served as a guest speaker on financial capabilities initiatives for Achieving the Dream, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and Annie E. Casey Foundation National Conference.