2019 Annual Conference Speaker – Yves Salomon-Fernandez

Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez is the President of Greenfield Community College. She previously served as President of Cumberland County College in New Jersey and Interim President of Massachusetts Bay Community College. Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has held research, management, and executive positions at private selective and public institutions, as well as community colleges. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College, Salem State University, and Cambridge College.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has distinguished herself as a visionary, innovative, and entrepreneurial executive committed to access and equity. Nationally, she has been recognized as a thought leader, writing and speaking on a range of issues related to rural innovation, workforce development, women’s leadership, and cross-sector partnerships. In March 2018, Yves Salomon-Fernandez was named one of the Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. She is a past recipient of the South Jersey Biz 20 under 40 Award and a recipient of the New Jersey Hispanic Leadership Award.

Yves Salomon-Fernandez serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. She is also on the Executive Council of the American Council of Education’s Women’s Network. Yves recently finished a book chapter on rural innovation for New Directions in Community College published by Jossey-Bass. Her professional experience extends internationally. Dr. Salomon-Fernandez has consulted with the United Nations and the Bermuda Ministry of Education.

Yves received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts; her Master’s degree from the London School of Economics. She holds a certificate from the University of Oxford and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, and Spanish. She is the proud mom of 9 year old and a 12 year old.