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Career Development Staff

Last updated on Jan 12, 2022

To make an appointment with any member of our Career Development team, please visit cca.joinhandshake.com/appointments or email careers@cca.edu

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JOSH SMOTHERS, MFA - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, EMPLOYER RELATIONS

Josh has been with the Career Development Office 2018 and can be found on the SF campus. In his current role, he builds partnerships with employers, hosts the annual career fairs, and is a career coach for the CCA student and alumni community.

Outside of CCA Josh keeps busy with: running, playing guitar, drawing, and printmaking.

Email at joshsmothers@cca.edu


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ARDI SAMONTE, MA - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES

Ardi is our newest member to the Career Development Team and  California College of the Arts community. He will be leading professional development, training and skills for our Fine Arts & Humanities students. In addition, he will coordinate some of our events, such as Building An Artist Life, and be our main content creator on our social media channels. His approach to supporting students is always holistic, student centered and intentional. He looks forward to coaching you towards your bright future!  

In his personal life, Ardi loves music and film. He doubles as an Assistant Director by day and DJ by night. You'll often find him at a movie theater watching the latest Marvel movie or spinning some tunes across the Bay Area.

Email at ardisamonte@cca.edu


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DIANA CHÁVEZ, PH.D. - DIRECTOR, CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Diana is stepping into her fifth year as director. She facilitates developing the office's vision, mission, and larger administrative oversight. In addition, she focuses on developing student relationship and external partnerships. Originally, from Austin, Texas. she has higher education experience at urban, private universities across the US. Diana loves Texas BBQ, practicing her CrossFit skills and hiking.

Email at diana@cca.edu