Starting Position:

Student Affairs Officer, Graduate Diversity Program, Graduate Division

Current Position:

Director of New Initiatives, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (VCAF)

Length of time on Campus:

10 years, not counting Graduate School! I earned my PhD in Anthropology at Cal in 2002.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone just starting their career at UC Berkeley?

Have a positive attitude toward the university. Work hard to contribute to our community and assume that everyone else is doing the same.


What has been the most exciting project you've worked on here? What was the scope and audience it reached?

Working to create a community of graduate advising professionals that would have a productive and collaborative relationship with the Graduate Division.

It is wonderful to now see the staff in graduate programs and Graduate Division get along and work together to develop campus solutions. Without this, we would have never had such a successful development and deployment of the new graduate application.


What project/work (piece of technology) are you most looking forward to working on next?

One of the most exciting projects I am working on involves the VCAF Plus Communications Working Group. We call it "VCAF Plus" because we have partners from Student Affairs, Public Affairs, Government Relations, Graduate Division, as well as Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning, and Facilities.

We are developing a series of recommendations on communications solutions for the VCAF organization that could be scaled to the entire campus. These include ideas for web infrastructure and design templates as well as messaging tools.

I think this project will have a huge impact and will definitely make life easier for a lot of people.