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Alumni & Community Engagement

Alumni & Community Engagement works within UC San Diego Advancement to create a proud, loyal, and grateful Triton Family by supporting professional success, delivering profound experiences, and building meaningful and lasting relationships among students, alumni and community partners at home and worldwide.

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Management Team

Steph Barry '94
Assistant Vice Chancelor, Alumni & Community Engagement
(858) 534-3902 | Price Center East

Steph Barry is UC San Diego’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni and Community Engagement. In this capacity, Barry leads the university-wide alumni relations enterprise, including career services and industry engagement, Triton magazine, alumni operating and scholarship endowments, and other alumni-driven fundraising initiatives. She is a seasoned executive who most recently served as Vice President for Strategic Projects at WD-40 Company, headquarted in San Diego. Barry received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in international business from the University of San Diego.

Amelia Cortina
Interim Executive Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0659 | Price Center East
Amelia 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.

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. 

Jarrett Haley
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 | University Center 201
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.

Gloria A. Negrete
Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives
(858)822-5221 | Career Services Ctr.
Gloria is responsible for management of special projects to strengthen and advance initiatives, opportunities, departmental goals, strategic advancement objectives and campaign readiness.

Craig Schmidt
Executive Director, Career & Professional Development
(858) 534-0143 | Career Services Ctr.

Craig oversees the Career Services Center, including career education and advising services which provide comprehensive career and professional assistance to UC San Diego students and alumni seeking to define career goals and make connections to employing organizations and graduate and professional schools.

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations
(858) 822-0145 | Price Center East
Paula serves as the chief operations officer and is responsible for daily operations of the unit. In addition, she is the liaison for campus-wide strategic initiatives and supports the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors.

Alumni Relations

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
Joe Cribari
Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Engineering
(858) 246-1862

Emily Loui
Director, Alumni Relations, Health & Medical Professions
(858) 534-3750
Jennie Van Meter '90
Director, Alumni Relations, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
(858) 246-0234

Director, Alumni Relations, Physical Sciences
(858) 246-0327
Jenelle Dean '05
Director, Alumni Relations, Social Sciences
(858) 246-0232

Nurit Mandel
Director, Alumni Relations, GPS
(858) 822-6756
Marilyn Li
Associate Director, External Relations,China
(858) 534-9469

Eliza Wiggins
Assistant Director, Signature Programs & Volunteer Engagement
(858) 534-6406
Cliff Carter
Event Coordinator
(858) 534-9466

Suzanne Bacon
Coordinator, Regional and Volunteer Coordinator
(858) 534-1125
Lindsay Beacco
Regional Event Coordinator
(858) 534-5659

Triton 5K Race Promoter
(858) 246-1865
Susanna Abrahamyan
Alumni Relations, Executive Assistant
(858) 534-0263

Director, Alumni Relations, Arts & Humanities
(858) 534-9048

Triton Publications

Jarrett Haley
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630
Malinda Danziger '00
Managing Editor, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-9468 

Associate Editor, Triton Magazine
(858) 822-0063       
Regina Limcaoco '17
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337         

Marketing & Digital Outreach

Jeff Grantham
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Outreach
(858) 246-0235

Diane Distefano
Associate Director, Alumni Communications
(858) 534-9459
Leo Kosuge '08
Analyst, Web and Digital Marketing
(858) 822-5807

Ian Transfiguracion '04
Director, Creative Services
(858) 534-0147

Brennan Romeril ’11
Marketing Project Coordinator
(858) 534-9476
Kaitlyn Ziegenhorn
Program Promotions & Graphic Designer
(858) 822-5815

Emily Nguyen '19
Web & Digital Marketing Assistant

Industry Engagement & Regional Advancement

Will Dyer '10 
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 926-9278
Michelle Tillman
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 534-9197

Richard Rathburn
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 822-4055 
Kristen Itahara
Employer Events Specialist
(858) 534-6710

Cyndy Stalmaster '93
Director, Industry Engagement, Life Sciences
(858) 822-3540

Sean Burns
Director, Regional Advancement
(858) 246-1944
Brandon Takata '05
Regional Advancement Officer
(209) 914-4130

Neal Quigley '05
Regional Advancement Officer
(858) 378-6116
Kara Hendrickson
Assistant Director, Alumni Discovery & Outreach
(858) 246-0237

Mary Lewis
Student Employment Manager
(858) 534-0150
Marco Rizo '08
Student Employment Analyst
(858) 534-3750

Connie Ruan '15
Student Employment Analyst
(858) 534-0148

Career & Professional Development

Craig Schmidt
Executive Director, Career & Professional Development
(858) 534-0143

Director, Career Education & Advising
(858) 246-1682
Katherine Collins
Associate Director, Career Services Admin/Tech/Strategic

Bill Wingard
Lead Advisor
(858) 534-0158
Giulia Hoffmann '05
Graduate Student Career Advisor
(858) 534-0141

Emily Le
Professional School Career Advisor
(858) 534-0139
Jessica Kongthong
Health Professionals Career Advisor
(858) 534-0139

Analia Mendez
Career Advisor
(858) 534-0139
Roxanne Farkas
Career Advisor
(858) 534-0144

Jered Lish
Internship Advisor
(858) 534-6489
Michael Stromayer
Career Advisor
(858) 534-3490

Essay Critique Specialist
(858) 534-4501
Roland Osae-Oppong
Center Operations Manager
(858) 534-1336

Albert Lopez
Technology Resource Specialist
(858) 822-3259
Mendy Casarez '10
Admin Projects Specialist
(858) 534-3750

Admin Projects Specialist
(858) 534-3750
Sonia Honne-Gonzalez
Campus Community Centers Liaison
(858) 534-3750

Joel Tolson
Graduate Student Career Advisor
(858) 534-3750
Hannah McCurdy
Graduate Intern

Angel Rocha
Graduate Intern

Operations & Services

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations & Services
(858) 822-0145
Zarah Idos
Board Operations Specialist
(858) 822-5345

Scott Mounier '95
Alumni Business Process Analyst
(858) 822-5054
Gloria Negrete
Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives 
(858) 822-5221

Laura Caroselli
Interim Executive Associate to AVC
(858) 822-3188
Susanna Abrahamyan
Alumni Relations, Executive Assistant
(858) 534-0263 

ACE Business Office

Karin McGregor
HR and Financial Analyst
(858) 534-7447
Aimee Turpin '09
Business Officer
(858) 822-3795 

The Basement

Gloria A. Negrete
Director, Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Basement Relations & Advancement
(858) 822-5221
Alex Tran, '17
Programs Assistant, Intern
(858) 534-1218

Kemi Talabi
The Basement Coordinator
(858) 534-1259
Communications and Administrative Assistant
(858) 534-1218

Anya Ustinova '19
Basement Programs Technician
(858) 534-1218