Dr. Poppy Fitch has more than 25 years of experience as a higher education administrator and counselor in San Diego area community college and university settings. She currently serves as the Director of Disability Support Programs & Services, San Diego Community College District. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Equity Council at the institution, Poppy established programs to serve students with disabilities and protocols for student behavioral intervention and sexual misconduct response, and served as the first Chair of the university’s Military and Veteran Student Taskforce. She previously served at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, supporting students with disabilities.
As an equity-minded educator, Poppy focuses on institutional responsibility to support outcomes, so that all students are free to reach their fullest potential through the transformative power of education. She is a Gallup Organization trained Strengths Educator and Mentor, and leads an engaged, strengths-focused team. She is also a charter member and adviser to Ashford University’s chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, which recognizes the academic accomplishments of students with disabilities.   
Poppy co-authored A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education: Managing Across the Generations, and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, including the Council of State Governments, the Association on Higher Education and Disability, the College Board, and the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, on topics related to educational access and equity.
Poppy earned her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary/Community College Educational Leadership, and her master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling, both from San Diego State University. She also earned a certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the University of San Diego. Her dissertation research focused on the success factors for foster youth who have persisted to college degree completion. As a former foster youth herself, Poppy’s commitment to educational access and equity is informed by her life experiences.