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Jason Cifra

Consultant and Writer at Talino

Contact me regarding: Becoming a Mentor, Research Collaboration, and Answering Professional Questions

About Me

I am a servant leader who still get into the thick of things whenever necessary! I enjoy and value collaboration and the team approach, utilize the best information and data for decision making, and deploy technology for efficient and effective work environment. My passion is seeing people reach their goals. My contribution to the process is to promote equity, create opportunities, and mentor so that members of my community, regardless of their background, can achieve success. Being in higher education and Student Affairs have given me an unique vantage point from which I can positively influence students from K-12 or adult learners looking for a new skills complete their educational goals towards their careers and livelihood.

Current work

I currently serves as the Vice President of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator at Berkeley City College. As VPSS, my primary responsibilities include the administration of all student services including Counseling, Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Student Life, and related federal and categorical student services program. Along with my managers, I am responsible for articulating the program objectives to administration, faculty, students and community to insure dialogue and feedback to support current programs and innovations, program assessments, and development of learning objectives. I work closely and collaboratively with the administration, faculty, staff, and students to insure the coordination of services to students that complement the College s goals and student success. I am responsible for providing leadership in establishing priorities and developing strategies for implementation of program goals and objectives including strategic planning, enrollment management, and retention and success concepts at the college. My office ensures compliance with federal and state laws, not limited to Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and FERPA.

Contact me regarding...

  • Becoming a Mentor
  • Research Collaboration
  • Answering Professional Questions


  • ABD Minnesota

    • 2011 Ph.D, Psychology
  • Argosy University Hilo

    • 2002 M.A, Family, Professional counseling: marriage, And children therapy
  • University of Hawai

    • 1999 B.A, English
  • Maui Community College

    • 1998 A.A, Liberal Arts



  • Rural Utilities Grant

    2014 - 2017 $500,000 (USD), Department of Agriculture


    2015 - 2017 $275,000 (USD), Department of Labor

  • GEAR UP Hawaii Subgrant

    2013 - 2016 $800,000 (USD), GEAR UP Hawaii

  • Rural Hawaii Grant

    2013 - 2016 $2,000,000 (USD), Department of Labor

  • Title III Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Native Grant

    2012 - 2016 $5,000,000 (USD), US DOE


  • Panelist: Allied Health Pipeline - Where are the Talents Coming From? & Supporting Student Success Through Innovative Teaching, Developing Student Independence, Low Cost Technology, and Free Education

    6/2016 GlobalMinded Conference

  • How are Filipinos Faring in the University of Hawaii System

    3/2016 Hawaii Strategy Institute

  • Early College Hawaii Community College Style

    7/2016 National Council on Community and Educational Partnership and GEAR UP Conference

  • Hawaii Mix Plate - Halaulani Transfer Program

    2016 League of Innovation Poster Session


  • 40 under 40

    2015 Pacific Business

  • Advisor of the Year

    2006 Nevada System of Higher Education