In her role, Chikwinya will assume responsibility for the administration of the Complete Washington program — a statewide adult higher education initiative designed to address both workforce and individual needs by creating low-cost, high-demand degree programs specifically tailored to meet the needs of working adults.
Chikwinya has more than 20 years of professional experience working in two- and four-year institutions throughout the state. Prior to joining the office, she served as vice president for student services at TCC, where she was instrumental in developing a partnership with the Tacoma Housing Authority. Chikwinya also served as interim co-president of TCC for 17 months, providing leadership and strategic direction for the college until a permanent replacement had been named. In addition to TCC, she has also worked at Pierce, Highline, and Green River community colleges, as well as at Washington State University.