Dr. Fisher was a fulltime educator for 33 years and has been a consultant for community colleges for the last 12 years. She served as the Chancellor of the Yosemite Community College District in California for 12 years. She recently served as the Interim Chancellor of City College of San Francisco, an urban community college with nine sites and almost 100,000 students, during a time of fiscal, accreditation and political crisis.
Dr. Fisher has worked with more than 75 college districts as well as presented at numerous state and national conferences. Her current professional work focuses on leadership development, board/CEO relationships, executive coaching and equity and cultural proficiency. She is a consultant, presenter, and workshop facilitator for colleges and organizations across the country. She was a founder and Facilitator for the Future Leaders Institutes offered by the American Association of Community Colleges for ten years. She has been a Consultant with the Association of Community College Trustees for the last 12 years and conducts presidential searches and governing board professional development retreats.
Dr. Fisher has served in national and state leadership positions including Chair of the Board of Directors of AACC, President of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, and President of the California Association of Community Colleges. She founded and for the last 35 years has directed the Asilomar Leadership Skills Seminar, a California professional development program which boasts 2,300 alums and has helped produce more than 20 community college presidents and hundreds of vice presidents, deans and directors.
Dr. Fisher’s service and commitment has been recognized through various honors including ACCT’s National Diversity, Regional Equity, and Pacific Region CEO of the Year awards, the American Council on Education’s Inclusive Network Award, NAACP’s “Woman of Courage Award”, the Latina Leadership Network’s “Honorary Madrina Award”, the California State Board of Governors’ “John Rice Diversity Award”, and AAWCC’s “Woman of the Year” and “President of the Year” awards.
Dr. Fisher earned an AA degree from Modesto Junior College, a BS and MA from California State University and an Ed.D., from the University of the Pacific. She currently lives in Bozeman, Montana, with her husband (a retired community college counselor), and across the backyard fence from her daughter and the joys of her life, grandsons Sage (15) and Kai (13).