Elñora Tena Webb is President of Laney College, which is located in downtown Oakland, and is the flagship of the Peralta Community College District. Webb previously served as the Vice President of Instruction from 2005–2009 and as Dean of Humanities, Language Arts & Social Sciences from 2002–2005. She has ensured the college’s sound leadership within the East Bay with national and international prominence in key areas, including career technical education, language learning and equity for student success.
Webb is an effective leader, committed to academic excellence and student success. Known for promoting partnerships throughout her 37-year career, she works with business and industry, unified school districts, 4-year colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies in order to ensure systemic improvements to our educational systems. Largely due to this commitment and being a creative problem-solver, she navigated through tough and complex challenges, which led to recognition by members of the California Legislature and State Senate and local leaders with the 2011 Community Hero Award and induction into the County of Alameda’s 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame.
In addition to her duties as a college president, Webb serves in several other leadership capacities, including as a member of the Community College League of California’s CEO Board of Directors, the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Oakland Education Fund Board of Directors, the Alameda Health Systems Foundation Board of Directors, the National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) Board of Directors and as faculty with UC Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy.
Webb earned her Ph.D. in education from UC Berkeley with emphasis in higher education administration/policy. She also completed all coursework in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Ph.D. program of the Haas School of Business. She obtained her Master’s degree in educational administration from San Francisco State University and her BA degree from UC Riverside.