The California State Library Foundation is excited and honored to welcome two new members to the Board of Directors at the June 19, 2015 meeting. Gary Noy and Angelo Williams bring their enthusiasm for libraries, education, and public service to the Foundation, and in turn to the California State Library.
A Sierra Nevada native, Gary Noy has taught history at Sierra Community College in Rocklin since 1987. A graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento, he is the founder and former director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and the editor in chief emeritus of Sierra College Press. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Noy as Educator of the Year. He is the author of Distant Horizon: Documents from the Ninenteeth-Century American West (1999); co-editor, with Rick Heide of The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (2010), and Sierra Stories (Heyday Press, 2014). His extensive multimedia contributions include historical content for the Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum, and “Tales of the Sierra Nevada” produced for PBS affiliate KVIE in Sacramento. Gary is a frequent patron of the State Library and has presented his research at the “Night at the State Library.”
Dr. Angelo Williams currently serves as the Legislative Director for the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). Before coming to CSAC Angelo served in a number of executive leadership positions including his tenure as the Assistant Executive Director of Policy and Programs at the California School Boards Association and Foundation.
Dr. Williams also served as a Gubernatorial appointee and State Director at the California Community College Chancellors Office, as Interim Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management at Cosumnes River College and as a program officer at the WK Kellogg Foundation (Michigan). Angelo started his career in public policy as an education and economic development policy consultant and legislative director in the California State Senate and Assembly.
For the past decade, Williams has served as an affiliate faculty member at Drexel University, Sacramento in the Masters of Science in Higher Education program, an adjunct faculty member in Sacramento State’s EDLP program and an adjunct professor of Sociology in the Los Rios Community College District. Dr. Williams has also served as a board member for the Sacramento State Alumni Association, an adviser for Greentech Technical Education and Training and as a member of the Linked Learning Alliance Leadership Council. Angelo is an alumnus of UC Davis, CSU Sacramento and the University of Ghana (Legon).
Angelo is also a published poet with his most recent work appearing in the Sacramento Poetry Center’s Tule Review.