Gary Maehara joined VCCCD as the new Human Resources Operations Director in spring 2014. He arrived in sunny Southern California from the Pacific Northwest after working for the City of Seattle, Washington, as the Legal Affairs Advisor for Seattle City Light, the electric utility, and also in a dual role as the HR Director.
Gary started out his career as a probation and parole officer. After finishing his law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, he worked for Safeco Insurance Company in litigation, corporate legal, and as the Employee Relations Director. In July 2013, he left employment with the City of Seattle and embarked on an adventure with a friend for two months exploring the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore. Gary and his staff are working to further the mission of the District to promote student learning in our community colleges. He also enjoys living close to the beach and hopes to make up for decades of Pacific Northwest sunlight deprivation.