Ken Iwama, Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations

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Ken Iwama was appointed Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations in 2016. He previously served as the college’s Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President (2010-2016) and the Director of the Office of Diversity and Compliance (2009-2010). In addition to his higher education administration credentials, Ken has expertise in education and labor law, policy, and procedure in large and complex public educational institutions.

He has also held positions with numerous higher education organizations, including the Journal of College and University Law, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education, University Economic Development Association; NYC Tech Talent Pipeline Academic Council; Committee on Legal Education, National Association of College and University Attorneys; and served as chair of the Administrative Law Section, New Jersey State Bar Association.
Ken is actively involved in community organizations, serving as co-chair of the Freshkills Park Alliance for the Freshkills Park, which will become the second largest park in New York City when completed. He is also a  member of the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) and served on the steering committee for the Port Richmond-Mariners Harbor Brownfield Opportunity Area Redevelopment Study. Ken was also appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on the Blue-Ribbon Panel to study the integration of the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities with the College of Staten Island

Ken holds a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Labor and Employment Relations from the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and a JD from Seton Hall Law School. 


Jasmine Cardona, Executive Director 

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Jasmine Cardona was appointed Executive Director for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations in 2018.  Prior to her appointment, Jasmine served as the Director of Workforce Development and Innovation, Director of the CSI Technology Incubator, and Director of Administration and Finance.
Jasmine has held positions in professional organizations including, University Economic Development Association (UEDA) Awards for Excellence Committee, Network of Academic Corporate Officers (NACRO) Marketing and Communications Committee and is a member of the Phi Beta Honor Society for International Scholars.  

Jasmine is actively involved in a number of community organizations including YouthWins and the SI Perinatal Network.  She is also the recipient of  the CEANY Outstanding Educator of the Year and the Staten Island Power Woman in Business Award
Jasmine holds a BS from the College of Staten Island, CUNY and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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