Brenda Ivelisse

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Bellevue College

Dr. B is a transformative international educator, currently based in Seattle, Washington, US. Since 2019, she has served as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (AVPSA) at Bellevue College. She has over seventeen years of experience within higher education, with leadership roles at the community college and university level. Born in Puerto Rico, she overcame an abusive childhood and evolved into a sought after speaker and educator.  She is the proud 14th educator in her family spanning four generations.  Her family migrated between the island and the East Coast of the United States throughout her youth, allowing her to develop a diverse, distinct multicultural perspective.  She has presented at universities across the nation and numerous countries on topics ranging from cultural competency, authentic leadership to change management. She has received various leadership awards in recognition of her commitment to community building, diversity and equity. 

She currently serves as the Chief Student Affairs Officer overseeing numerous departments. She also oversees student leadership for the state of Washington under the Chief Student Affairs Council, where she is an advocate for the student voice across the state. As a result of her leadership, divisions she has overseen have received commendations at accreditation visits. Through her leadership, she collaborates with faculty, students and staff to develop policies and procedures for critical areas such as enrollment management and student conduct. In partnership with the numerous faculty, staff and executives, she is co-leading the integrated student support services efforts of redesigning and re-envisioning academic advising at the college and strengthening the partnerships within student and academic affairs. Dr. B holds a Doctorate in Education in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. She has taught various courses ranging from Chican@/Latin@ Studies to Early Childhood Education.  She is a fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, one of 21 women chosen from throughout the United States for outstanding leadership and community service.  Her passion within student affairs has been to remove the barriers that exist for faculty and staff to better serve students grounded and reaffirmed by the student voice.