The Alumni Council relied on the open and inclusive practices set forth in the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, adopted by the Members on July 14, 2020, to solicit candidates for nomination to the Alumni Council this year. The opportunity to apply through the Nominating Committee, recommend fellow banana slugs for Alumni Councilor, or be added directly to the ballot was promoted in a variety of media channels to cast a wide net and reach as many alumni as possible. If you are interested in applying to serve on the Alumni Council in the future, please contact the UCSC Alumni Association

    New Alumni Councilors:

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    Armando Flores

    Stevenson College, 2015

    B.A. Politics

    After graduating from UCSC with a Politics degree in 2015, Armando went on to support several non-profit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. Armando has worked in politics and advocacy for seven years, tackling several public policy issues impacting the energy, transportation and land use sectors. Armando was involved in Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity as a student, and is currently involved with the Southern California Leadership Network, San Fernando Valley Young Democrats, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA). He also serves as Chair for VICA's Energy and Environment Committee.

    Armando is inspired by the Council’s commitment, and hopes to support the Council’s Strategic Work Plan while finding effective ways to cultivate partnerships and engagement between students, the university and alumni. He believes his professional experience in civic engagement and government affairs will allow him to bring a unique perspective to the Alumni Council, as well as help drive advocacy efforts that will advance the best interests of the university and all students.

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    Gardenia Guerrero

    Oakes College, 2021 

    B.A. Sociology/LALS

    Gardenia graduated from UCSC in 2021 with a double major in Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, with a minor in education. Currently, Gardenia is a Program Director for a non-profit community organization in Long Beach, CA, offering free mental health services, college and career readiness workshops, and leading food distributions for community members. As a student, Gardenia volunteered at the food pantry, and participated in work-study at the Womxn’s Center and the Human Resources facility. She is currently affiliated with the Los Angeles County Development Authority, and YMCA of the USA.

    Gardenia believes that as a first generation Latina, she can provide a unique lens to a university whose Latinx student population is growing. Her goal is to offer connections and free services to students, by helping them gain perspective of the professional world.

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    Annapoorna (Anna) Gururajan

    Oakes College, 2015

    B.S. Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

    Since leaving UCSC in 2015, Anna has worked at both large and small companies in the biotech sector. She found her stride working for start-up companies in clinical trial management & research to advance new therapeutics globally in virological, dermatological, and inflammatory diseases.

    She currently works as a Senior Clinical Trial Manager where she is responsible for all operational aspects of global clinical trials including design, planning and execution in GI related diseases. Anna volunteers in her spare time—most recently serving on the UCSC Alumni Scholarship committee, Bay Area Chapter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and as a high school/college mentor for STEM students. 

    Anna hopes to work alongside councilors to try and understand, diagnose, and implement solutions to strengthen the obtainability of the council’s goals. She believes that together, they can lay the groundwork for a strong, structurally functional alumni foundation that serves to enrich UCSC for generations to come. 

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    Jessica Lum

    Rachel Carson College, 2009 

    B.A. Environmental Studies and Economics

    Jessica graduated from UCSC in 2009 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Economics. For the last four years, she has served as Senior Director, Executive Office and Public Policy at the San Francisco Travel Association. Aside from her work for the SFTA, she has served on several non-profit boards and committees including: Walk San Francisco, Friends of SF Environment, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and several more.

    Through her services on boards, including four educational institutions and a scholarship foundation, and her management of a board, she has a deep understanding of council expectations and operations. She hopes to lend her experience in non-profit governance to support organizational health and good governance. Jessica describes her experience as a student at UCSC as transformative and unforgettable, and she hopes to capture and reignite that spirit among alumni so that they too feel moved to give back.

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    Moses Massenburg

    John R. Lewis College, 2011

    B.A. Sociology

    After graduating in 2011, Moses went on to earn an MA in History from Michigan State University, and is now a Ph.D. Candidate at MSU, serving as a research assistant, and editorial assistant for the Journal of African American History. Moses was a part of several campus organizations including the African Black Coalition, the A/BSA Black Student Union, and attended  the Alternative Spring and Winter Break to Post-Katrina New Orleans. Currently, he continues to recruit new students to UCSC and mentors dozens of African American Alumni in their respective fields. Outside of UCSC, Moses serves the world’s largest and oldest organization devoted to African American History and Culture in his capacity as a member of its Executive Council. 

    Moses brings extensive research and teaching interests in African American History that he believes will elevate UCSC’s existing strengths in cultural, social, and women’s history by putting them in concert with his expertise in African American women’s and African Diaspora history. He applies his scholarship to his activism with youth and elders as a farmer, community gardener, and historical consultant in Compton and Watts, California. Moses believes in the transformative potential of UC Santa Cruz, and wants to expand this experience for prospective and current students.

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    Shonté Thomas

    Rachel Carson College, 1999

    B.A. Politics

    Shonté graduated from UCSC in 1999, and continued on to earn an M.Ed at Pepperdine University in 2003, and has more recently participated in an EdD program at UC Davis. Currently, Shonté serves as the Associate Dean of Students at UC Riverside where she has 9 Resource Centers in her portfolio, serving a diverse population of students. Additionally, Shonté held the position of Director of the African American Resource & Cultural Center at UCSC from 2013 to 2020.

    Shonté has remained connected and engaged with UCSC, and hopes serving on the Alumni Council will enable her to continue to make impactful differences, and to identify/provide solutions from an informed perspective to best serve the ever-present needs of her alma mater. She would like to continue to learn from mistakes of the past, and engage campus partners to provide the most effective tools of support and leadership for campus stakeholders.

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    Kevin Volkan

    Kresge College, 1981

    B.S. Biology

    After graduating in 1981, Kevin went on to earn an M.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University, an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Center for Psychological Studies, and an M.P.H. from Harvard University. Kevin has been a Professor of Psychology at CSU Channel Islands for the last 21 years. In the past, he has worked as assistant dean of the graduate school at UCSC. Outside of UCSC, Kevin serves at a local hospital teaching and doing research with medical residents, and has made numerous radio and television appearances as a psychological expert.

    Kevin has been advising a number of UCSC students over the last few years, and feels he has a sense of the kinds of challenges they are facing. There are three things he hopes to work on as an alumni councilor: the amount and quality of student advising, tutoring for current students (particularly in the STEM disciplines), and fundraising.