Meet the Board
The UC San Diego Alumni Board of Directors was formed by a group of early graduates in 1974. Today, the Board includes alumni representing various industries, backgrounds and from five decades of graduating classes. Each member may serve unlimited, three-year terms and are selected based on their strengths, area of professional expertise, UC San Diego involvement and campus pride.
The Board serves as the primary advisors to UC San Diego’s Chief Alumni Officer, and together, oversees the strategic development of UC San Diego Alumni programs and initiatives that advance UC San Diego in communities around the world. The Board is also committed to raising scholarships for ambitious and motivated students.
Upcoming Board Meetings
- The Alumni Board meets quarterly. The annual open Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2022.
The Association’s Board of Directors was formed by a group of UC San Diego alumni. The original bylaws were signed June 3, 1974, and the official date of incorporation was endorsed by and filed with the Secretary of State on October 17, 1977. Today, the Board includes alumni representing various industries, backgrounds and from five decades of graduating classes. Each of the 60 members may serve unlimited, three-year terms and are selected based on their strengths, area of professional expertise, university involvement, philanthropic capacity and leadership.
The Board serves as the primary advisors to UC San Diego Alumni leadership, and together, oversees the strategic development of UC San Diego Alumni programs and initiatives that advance the university in communities around the world. In past years, the primary philanthropic objective of the Board has been to raise scholarships for ambitious and motivated UC San Diego students.
Directors are responsible for the business affairs of the Association and oversee corporate powers exercised by, or under, their direction. Fiscally, the Board provides oversight in regards to income generated through donations, Triton magazine advertising and royalties, signature event attendance and Association managed investments.Download Full Overview
The Board of Directors of the UC San Diego Alumni Association views diversity as embracing an inclusive culture that recognizes, respects and is sensitive to the differences of the various cultures represented by our students, alumni, staff and faculty.
University of California views diversity as “integral to the University’s achievement of excellence,” and therefore, renews its commitment to the full realization of its historic promise to recognize and nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its education, services, and administration, as well as research and creative activity.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Kimberley is a writer who most recently had a long career as a university academic and administrator. Her academic career began at the College of William and Mary as tenured faculty in the Department of History and the American Studies Program. She then moved to college administration, first as the Founding Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College-CUNY, then as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Mills College. Her research and scholarship has focused on the history and culture of African Americans and U.S. workers. She has authored numerous articles and award-winning books. She now serves on university and community boards. Kimberley received her bachelor of arts degree in history from UC San Diego’s Warren College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
Ping is CEO of StemoniX, a regenerative-precision medicine company that sells plates of stem-cell derived human tissue to pharmaceutical companies and research institutes to accelerate the discovery of new cures in areas of brain disease, heart disease and cancer. He served as president of the UC San Diego Twin Cities Alumni Group and also served on the all-UC committee on education policy. He was co-founder of the Student Foundation, president of the Triton Engineering Student Council and chair of the Triton Athlete’s Council. He received his bachelor of science and master’s degree in mechanical engineering at UC San Diego and an M.B.A from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. Ping has recently served as mentor to Mayo Clinic Ventures, where he supported the lean start-up teams for Mayo.
Gabriela was formerly at Qualcomm, Inc. for almost twenty years. She headed Government Affairs for Latin America, setting the policy and regulatory agenda for the advancement of the company’s wireless technologies, products and services. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Gabriela worked as Director of International Projects for NextWave Telecom in San Diego, and at the Federal Communications Commission's International Bureau in Washington, D.C. Gabriela also serves in the International Community Foundation's board. She received a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego’s Muir College and a M.P.I.A. from UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy.
Jarrod is the Director of Project Management and User Experience at ecoATM. He was previously Vice President of Marketing for IP Video Networks, a San Diego company providing software and hardware to the IPTV/cable and broadcast industry of Europe, Asia and the United States. He also served as President of the Rady School of Management Alumni Board. Jarrod received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UC San Diego's Muir College and an M.B.A. from the Rady School of Management.
Having recently moved back to San Diego after 28 years abroad, Karen is active with the International Rescue Committee San Diego Chapter. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science and History from UC San Diego’s Revelle College, followed by an MSc in Western European Politics from London School of Economics, and an MA in Buddhist Studies from Hong Kong University.
Carl is the owner and director of ARYTE Bioscience, LLC. A consulting business and laboratory, which specializes in contamination testing and qualification of medical devices and laboratory consumables. Prior to starting up ARYTE Bioscience he began his biotech career as R&D intern at MOBIO Laboratories and rose through the organization before its sale and acquisition. He received a bachelor of science degree in BioChemistry & Cellular Biology from UC San Diego’s Eleanor Roosevelt College and has served in numerous alumni volunteer leadership positions with the San Diego Alumni Club, the Asian Pacific-Islander Alumni Council and Chancellor’s Associates Young Alumni.
Alonzo serves as enterprise medical director for community health intervention for Blue Cross Shield of Arizona (BABSAZ). Most recently, he served as Aetna’s chief medical officer for the company’s Medicaid line of business. He also held medical director roles with Coventry Health Care in Bethesda and Anthem in Atlanta. Alonzo led two medical missions in Tanzania that served more than 4,000 patients, and serves as a volunteer physician for Not One More Life, an organization that provides community education, asthma screenings and free clinic for those with respiratory disease and for those who are homeless and without health insurance. He received a bachelor of science degree in biology from UC San Diego’s Muir College, a medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and M.B.A. with a concentration in healthcare management from University of California Irvine.
Brian graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Physics in 2009. Since graduating, he has enjoyed a varied career focused around electronics, mechanical, and systems engineering in several industries, including R&D Mechanical Engineer for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, Research Student Fellow at the Australian Astronomical Observatory in Sydney, Australia, Mechanical Engineer & Project Manager at Accel Biotech, a hardware & systems engineer at a startup in Mountain View, Flight Instrumentation Engineer at SpaceX, as a Senior Systems Engineer at Liquid Robotics in Sunnyvale, CA and currently as the Senior Product Manager with Uber.
Jeff is chief executive officer of Forecast Ventures, working with start-up companies from formation to exit, and growing companies through rapid growth to IPO and beyond. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for InterDigital Corporation (Nasdaq: IDCC), Velocity Growth, the San Diego Venture Group, and the UC San Diego Foundation.
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Prior to joining AEG, Erikk was the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice and the Director of Community Relations at The Walt Disney Company, the LA Dodgers and the LA Lakers. He is actively involved in several LA non-profit organizations including Inner-City Arts and Dodgers RBI. He is also the Founder of Inglewood Baseball Fund, which works with youth to develop workforce opportunities through the sport of baseball.
Prior to his current role, Adán worked as Director of the National Census Program through the NALEO Educational Fund, consulted with the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and organized for the non-profit Mi Familia Vota. His affiliations include the ACLU, California Democratic Party, Equality California’s Leadership Academy, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, USC Price School of Public Policy and The Latino Community Foundation.
Ellen Chen is the CoFounder of Mendocino Farms. Mendocino Farms is a fast casual sandwich and salad concept with over 35 locations in both California and Texas. Prior to starting Mendocino Farms she was a Technology Consultant at Accenture. She sits on the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association, UCSD Alumni Board of Directors and Mendocino Farms. In 2017 she was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the Entrepreneur in Residence for the city of Los Angeles. She is also an investor and advisor to female and minority founded companies.
Before her current role Gloria worked for Preschool California as the Co-Director of Policy and Outreach and then worked for First 5 in San Francisco and San Diego as the Assistant Executive Director. Her entire career has been working in the education, nonprofit, and civic & social organization industries and includes work at the U.S. Department of Education, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Prior to Launchora, Lakshya was the Adjunct Lecturer of Finance at San Diego State University and the VP of Alumni Relations through the UCSD Financial Professionals Network. Lakshya has also worked at advisory firms around San Diego including TGG Capital and Objective Capital Partners. He remains a mentor at The Basement.
Kelly studied abroad in 2010 at the Beijing Normal University and fluently speaks Chinese and Vietnamese. Kelly started her career as a Finance Intern with the Financial Analysis Office at UCSD. She has received two certifications from UCSD Extension programs in project management and data mining. In her spare time, Kelly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Charities and Start Up San Diego. She is also the Co-President of the UCSD Alumni Club in San Diego.
Janet “Jan” Fisher is a passionate and dedicated volunteer at UC San Diego. She’s been an active participant with the Los Angeles alumni chapter and the Black Alumni Council for many years. As a strong supporter of higher education, she has funded the William C. and Anita Fisher Scholarship to benefit Black students, and considers volunteering at UC San Diego an important facet of her life. Jan was recently honored with the 2020 True Triton Award.
Melody is a creative, impact-oriented, bilingual professional experienced in the union, nonprofit, campaign and Federal sectors. A former congressional staff to then-Congressman Xavier Becerra and appointee at the U.S Department of Labor and Office of Personnel Management in President Barack Obama’s Administration, she is now senior advisor for Latino advocacy at the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union representing 3 million current, aspiring and retired educators. She manages grants to advance racial and social justice in public schools and bridges the NEA with Latino organizations to address the harmful effects of institutional racism on Latino students and educators. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCSD’s Warren College and holds a master’s in public policy degree and executive leadership coaching certificate from Georgetown University.
Chau Q. Lai, BA Economics, UC San Diego, 1997, is a CFP and Wealth Advisor at Pacific Advisors. She is well-known throughout San Diego as an innovative entrepreneur. In addition, she is a Charitable Planning Advisor, working with individuals and families to maximize their charitable giving. She’s deeply engaged with supporting First Generation college students serving as a mentor to students attending colleges throughout California. She’s a volunteer at Reality Changers, Girls on the Run of San Diego, and at the San Diego Rescue Mission, where she conducts financial literacy courses.
PJ Co-founded the UCSD Engineering World of Health and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He was also a part of the Spring 2011 MAE 3 Robotics Competition where his team won first place. In 2014, PJ started his career as a Software Engineer and then spent three years at Uber as a Product Manager. He worked for Life360 as the Head of Product for two years before leading the Product Team at Helping Hands Community in San Francisco.
Denise Whisenhunt is the Vice President of Student Services. She earned a political science degree and a minor in English Literature from the University of California, San Diego. She is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America. She has served the San Diego Community College District in a variety of administrative leadership capacities for more than 17 years, and now serves as the Vice President of Student Services at San Diego City College. Prior to this role, she served as the Dean of Student Affairs and the Interim Vice President of Student Services at San Diego Mesa College. She has also served as the Interim Dean of Student Development at City, and the Associate Dean of Outreach for the entire San Diego Community College District. Most recently, she served as the Interim President of City College, providing leadership to the College during its transition to permanent college leadership.
Jennifer Winward is the Founder and CEO at Winward Academy. Combining her background in adolescent brain research, e-learning, and her life-long love of teaching, Jennifer created Winward Academy to provide students with an individual approach to life-long learning. Dr. Winward is committed to educational equity and Winward Academy partners with more than two dozen non-profits working with underserved communities to provide academic support, consultation, and scholarships. Dr. Winward is a Teaching Professor at UC San Diego, teaching courses in Behavioral and Developmental Psychology. She's been honored with numerous academic and business awards, including most recently the 2019 Top 40 Under 40 in San Diego and the Top 35 under 35 in the United States.
Current Alumni Board of Directors
Neville serves as senior vice president of membership/marketing and chief advocacy officer, leading the social purpose and community engagement initiatives for Mission Federal Credit Union, a $3.5 billion hyperlocal purpose-driven organization serving over 230,000 member-owners in the San Diego community. He was the recipient of UC San Diego’s inaugural True Triton Award in 2013 for his leadership, advocacy, volunteerism and service. He is a recognized thought leader and sought after expert in corporate and civic engagement, conscious leadership, brand as culture & operationalizing purpose initiatives. Neville received his bachelor of arts in communications for UC San Diego’s Muir College and has taught martial arts on campus to thousands of students for over 36 years.
Hui Cai joined WuXi AppTec in 2009 as Vice President of Business Development, and is currently Vice President of Corporate Alliances and Head of PR and Corporate Communications of WuXi AppTec Group. Prior to WuXi, she spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development. She is a co-author and co-inventor to over 40 scientific publications and issued or pending patents. Hui is a Councilor of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and a member of BayHelix. In her past capacity, she served as a Commissioner at the City of San Diego Science and Technology Commission, Chair of SABPA, and President of SDCA. She received her BS and MS in Chemistry from Peking University, PhD from The Scripps Research Institute, and MBA from UC San Diego Rady School of Management as a DLA Piper - Athena Scholar.
Sheldon is a former executive vice president for NOVEX, which he co-founded in 1987. In 2013, Sheldon was named UC San Diego's Alumni Regent. For the past 13 years, he has served on the UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees; chair and advisor to the Student Foundation; president of the UC San Diego Alumni Board of Directors (2008-2010); the UC San Diego Scholarship Council; and as a member and chair of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's cabinet. Sheldon received his bachelor of arts degree in biology and religious studies from UC San Diego's Revelle College.
Diana is an experienced immigration attorney with an emphasis in deportation defense. Her passion for immigration and nationality law started in law school, at the University of Wisconsin where Diana is an experienced immigration attorney with an emphasis in deportation defense. She has worked at immigration clinics. She established her own law firm the Law Offices of Diana G. Fakhrai in 2011 in Los Angeles. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from UC San Diego’s Revelle College, followed by an M.P.I.A. from the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS; formerly IR/PS).
Dylan is President of pSemi Corporation, formerly Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, in San Diego. pSemi is a Murata company focused on semiconductor integration. Prior to this role, he was the VP/GM of the Mobile Wireless BU. He earned his master’s degree from Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.
Sam’s career was in San Diego’s high tech industries with companies including LocationSmart, Copper Mountain Networks, PCSI/ADC Wireless, Encad, Megatek, and Control Data Corporation. He has served as an advisory board member for the UC San Diego Library, chair of the JSOE Alumni Council, and co-chair of the Career Services Guardian committee. He coordinates "Lessons from Industry" workshops engaging alumni and students. Sam is a Revelle College alumnus with a bachelor of arts degree in applied physics and information.
Bosco Luján is Vice President at Morgan Stanley where he serves as an International Client Advisor in the Wealth Management Division, and is part of the Pacific Coast Region Diversity Council. He is also President of the Rady Alumni Board, a member of the Dean Advisory Council at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management, and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Mingei International Museum, serving on the Investment Committee. He earned an M.B.A. from the Rady School of Management in 2012 where he studied under Nobel Laureate Harry Markowitz. Bosco holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM).
Michelle is a senior appellate attorney at the Court of Appeal 4th District. She was previously a senior associate in the government and regulatory law section of Rutan & Tucker LLP, the largest full-service law firm in Orange County, Calif. She served as assistant city attorney for the City of La Palma and serves as general counsel to the Public Cable Television Authority and the Integrated Law and Justice Agency for Orange County. Michelle received a bachelor of arts degree in management science from UC San Diego’s Marshall College and a juris doctor from UC Davis.
Luis retired from Qualcomm after 18 years, where prior to his departure in 2015, he served as a senior vice president of product management, business development and marketing at their highly successful semiconductor division. Today, he is an executive advisor and serves on the advisory boards for several high tech companies. He received his bachelor of sciences degree in electrical engineering from UC San Diego’s Marshall College and an M.B.A from UC Irvine.
Trisha is currently the Head of Small Business Acquisition for EMEA at PayPal based in London, UK. She specializes in FinTech and Innovation, having previously spent a number of years in marketing and analytics roles at Intuit in their California and UK offices. Trisha received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science with a minor in European Studies from UC San Diego's Eleanor Roosevelt College. She has most recently led the All-UC Alumni UK Leadership Board for two consecutive terms, including spearheading the annual charity gala for UC student scholarships, after having earlier served as one of the first presidents of the UCSD Alumni UK club.
Wayne Rong is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history in the food and beverage indus- try. He is Vice Chairman of Tohkin (Shanghai) Food Group, General Manager of Shanghai Tohzen Trading Co., Ltd. and Vice General Manager of SH Tohkin Beverage Ltd. Prior to joining SH Tohkin Beverage Ltd., he was a Key Account Manager at Nestle China Ltd. and before that a Business Analyst with the Wal-Mart team at Nestle USA. Wayne received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UC San Diego in 2002. He is currently based in Shanghai, China.
Our sincerest gratitude to our board members who completed their terms of service
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