UCSD Alumni


Meet Our Staff

UCSD Alumni, your alumni association, represents more than 150,000 alumni at the forefront of the sciences, business, research, the arts, social innovation and political service in California, throughout the nation and around the world. By fostering meaningful connections among this diverse group, we help to forge lifelong, mutually beneficial relationships between alumni, students and the University to ensure that UCSD – and every alumnus – will always remain world class.

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Awards & Accolades

Management Team

Armin Afsahi '90
Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Chief Alumni Officer
(858) 534-3902
Shannon Cadagan, '02
Executive Associate
(858) 822-3188
Armin oversees alumni relations, annual giving, and Chancellor’s Associates programs. He also serves as executive director for UCSD Alumni.

Suzi Sterner
Executive Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0234 | Career Services Center

Suzi is responsible for the management of all alumni engagement efforts in academic divisions, graduate and professional schools, campus partnerships, regional and special interest clubs, international alumni outreach, volunteer programs, and signature alumni programs.

Brandon Buzbee '06
Senior Director, Outreach and Employer Relations
(858) 822-4001 | Career Services Center

Brandon oversees efforts in student philanthropy and engagement, including the Student Foundation and Society 60, regional alumni outreach, and career and industry engagement.

Paulyne Becerra
Senior Director, Development & Community Engagement
(858) 534-7424 | Price Center East

Paulyne oversees Chancellor’s Associates, Parent and Family Giving, Artpower! Development, scholarship stewardship efforts and prominent alumni engagement. These programs provide annual philanthropic support to UC San Diego and offer exclusive programming and campus privileges to donors. 

Jeff Grantham
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Outreach
(858) 246-0235 | University Center 201

Jeff is responsible for the creative identity of all alumni programs and services. Jeff brings more than 18 years of B2B and B2C sales and marketing experience to UC San Diego. 

Raymond Hardie
Triton Publications
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 | Price Center East

Raymond oversees all communications, website, social media and print magazine. Hardie served as senior editor at Stanford Magazine for six years before launching the alumni magazine, Triton.

Meredith Blair
Executive Director, Annual Giving & Regional Advancement
(858) 534-4465 | Price Center East

Meredith is responsible for UC San Diego’s annual giving program and regional advancement efforts so that members of the Triton Family, both near and far, are engaged and inspired to make their first give and build lifelong habits of philanthropic giving to the university.

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations
(858) 822-0145 | Price Center East

Paula oversees the business office, including management of the budget, human resources, financial services, internal communications and facilities.  In addition, she is the liaison for campus-wide strategic initiatives and supports the organization’s Board of Directors.

Alumni Programs

Suzi Sterner
Executive Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0234

Amelia Cortina
Deputy Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0659
Tracie Davee
Director, Campus Alumni Relations
(858) 534-1714

Lisa Kellogg
Director, Graduate Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9394
Adrienne Bolli
Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Engineering
(858) 822-6968 

Megan Silva
Director, Alumni Relations, School of Medicine
(858) 822-1210
Jennie Van Meter '90
Director, Alumni Relations, Arts & Humanities
(858) 534-9048

Lisa Kellogg 
Director, Graduate Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9394
Tamika Franklin
Director, Alumni Relations, Physical Sciences
(858) 246-0327

Jenelle Dean, '05
Director, Alumni Relations, Social Sciences
(858) 246-0232
Director, Alumni Relations, Biological Sciences

Mary Jo Ball
Director, Alumni Relations, IR/PS
(858) 822-6756
Eliza Wiggins
Assistant Director, Signature Programs & Volunteer Engagement
(858) 534-6406

Cori Garcia
Coordinator, Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9466
Suzanne Bacon
Coordinator, Regional and Volunteer Coordinator
(858) 534-1125

Triton Publications

Raymond Hardie
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 

Mina Nilchian, '14
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337
Claire Yee, '14
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337

Marketing & Digital Outreach

Jeff Grantham
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Outreach
(858) 246-0235
Malinda Danziger '00
Associate Director, Alumni Communications
(858) 534-9468

Leo Kosuge '08
Web & Digital Marketing Analyst
(858) 822-5807
Witold Kiezun
Senior Data Analyst
(858) 822-4053

Alexandra Morales
Communications Specialist
(858) 822-0063
Leah Singer
Annual Giving Writer
(858) 822-5815

Eswar Dhinakaran

Annual Giving & Regional Advancement

Meredith Blair
Executive Director, Annual Giving & Regional Advancement
(858) 534-4465

Trevor Hewey 
Data Analyst
(858) 534-1180
Natalie Lopez '09
Program Coordinator, Direct Marketing
(858) 822-4996

Digital Engagement & Social Fundraiser

Rosie Goldberg
Development Assistant
(858) 534-9648

Development & Community Engagement

Paulyne Becerra
Senior Director, Development & Community Engagement
(858) 534-7424

Mary Johnson
Director, Prominent Alumni Engagement
(858) 534-3901
Jennifer Leighton '99
Associate Director, Scholarship Development
(858) 822-1537

Carolina Deutsch-Garcia
Associate Director, ArtPower! Development
(858) 534-7657
Tammy Blevins
Associate Director, Chancellor's Associates
(858) 822-6617

Assistant Director, Parent Councils
Manager, Donor and Stewardship Programs

Amy Anderson
Coordinator, Stewardship Events
(858) 534-1507
Emily Jerome
Program Coordinator
(858) 822-2540

Outreach & Engagement

Brandon Buzbee '06
Director, Outreach & Engagement
(858) 822-4001

Joe Cribari
Associate Director, Industry & Career Engagement (858) 822-4055
Ryan Henry
Program Manager
(858) 246-0237 

Will Dyer, '10
Regional Engagement Manager, San Diego
(858) 926-9278
August Mao
Regional Engagement Manager, Los Angeles
(858) 401-9170

Natasha Mody
Regional Engagement Manager, Bay Area
(858) 926-9170

Operations & Services

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations & Services
(858) 822-0145

Scott Mounier '95
Alumni Business Process Analyst
(858) 822-5054
Tes Nebrida
Business Officer
(858) 822-3988

Rubi Trevino
Assistant Director of Board Engagement & Operations 
(858) 534-9544 
Shannon Cadagan
Executive Associate to the Asst. VC
(858) 822-3188

Karin McGregor
HR and Financial Analyst
(858) 534-7447 
Aimee Turpin '09
Finance and Operations Assistant
(858) 822-3795 
Susanna Abrahamyan
Finance and Operations Assistant
(858) 534-0263