Mr. Hal Plotkin
Orkand Chair Distinguished Lecture Series Panelist
Hal Plotkin is a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education, which has responsibility for all federal higher education policies and programs. Before being appointed to this position by President Obama, Plotkin was a trustee and board president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, based in Silicon Valley, California. By profession, Plotkin is a writer, editor, and media producer, who has published more than 600 articles on business, science, technology, and education. His publishers include Inc. magazine, Forbes ASAP, Family Business magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate.com, and CNBC.com, where he served as Silicon Valley correspondent. He is also a founding editor of the American public radio program Marketplace and the creator of the nonprofit Center for Media Change, Inc., which facilitates public financing of high-quality print and documentary journalism.
Plotkin is a graduate of Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills and San Jose State University, both in California, with majors in History and Behavioral Sciences, respectively. He was the first graduate of Foothill Community College to ever serve on its governing board of trustees.