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Management Team

Natalee Ellars

Natalee Ellars

Senior Executive Director, Alumni Engagement

nellars@ucsd.edu | (858) 761-2371 | Price Center East

Natalee Ellars is the Senior Executive Director, Alumni Engagement at UC San Diego. She leads the alumni engagement team which includes university-wide alumni engagement, volunteer leadership, regional engagement, student engagement, alumni relations, alumni marketing and digital outreach. Prior to joining the UC San Diego team, Natalee served for more than 10 years at UCLA Alumni in leadership roles as Senior Director, Events and Business Development; Senior Director Marketing and Membership; and Executive Director. Natalee has a strong foundation in marketing and communications and is best known for her ability to lead through challenges with creativity and a positive attitude. Passion for data and reporting is a legacy of Natalee’s first career in financial services. That passion is equally matched with her genuine care for people and building community. Natalee is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in History and Organizational Psychology.


Michael Bumbry

Michael Bumbry, Ph.D.

Director, Alumni Relations/Academic Divisions and Graduate/Professional Schools

mbumbry@ucsd.edu | (858) 534-9394 | Price Center East

Dr. Michael Bumbry manages a team of engagement officers providing support to the academic units, graduate schools, and colleges, with a focus on events, volunteer opportunities, and annual giving. He has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, including careers in both student affairs and advancement. Prior to coming to UC San Diego, Michael served as Director of Development at the Kogod School of Business at American University. He received his B.A. in broadcast communications from Elon University, M.Ed. in higher education administration from North Carolina State University, and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago.


Jarrett Hayley

Jarrett Haley

Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine

jchaley@ucsd.edu | (858) 534-5630 | Price Center East

Jarrett is the editor-in-chief of Triton magazine. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he produced several literary and public safety magazines, as well as publications for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame.


Lisa Kellogg

Lisa Kellogg

Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Volunteer Management

lkellogg@ucsd.edu | (858) 534-9394 | Price Center East

Lisa is responsible for the management of Alumni Engagement in the academic divisions and graduate and professional schools. She oversees a team of Alumni Engagement directors who work with alumni from their respective schools and divisions. Lisa’s team is focused on forging lifelong connections between alumni and UC San Diego, including engaging alumni as volunteers, corporate partners, and/or philanthropists.


Paula Thomas

Paula Thomas '87

Director, Alumni Career and Professional Development

phthomas@ucsd.edu | (858) 822-0145 | Price Center East

Paula collaborates with colleagues to foster and strengthen campus-wide alumni engagement within the UC San Diego community. This effort includes coordinating and delivering meaningful student and alumni engagement experiences, volunteer programs and communications involving the UC San Diego Alumni Board of Directors, special interest groups, current students and the university’s 200,000 graduates.


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Jennie Van Meter ’90

Senior Director, Alumni Engagement Strategy

jvanmeter@ucsd.edu | (858) 246-0234 | Price Center East

Jennie manages the Alumni Events & Strategy team in delivering an annual calendar of three signature weekends – Homecoming, Triton Leaders Conference, and Alumni Celebration Weekend – and regional and career events and programs. Her team also leads alumni marketing and communications strategy. A proud Muir alumna, Jennie has worked at UC San Diego for more than 10 years. Prior career experiences include special events management, public relations, and marketing at companies ranging from national corporations to small, local businesses and agencies.