Election Results


Thank you to the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association Members who voted in the recent Alumni Councilor election. We received 204 valid ballots exceeding the required quorum of 60. A majority of the votes were cast in favor of each of the recommended Alumni Council candidates listed on the ballot. The results have been reviewed and affirmed to ensure that all voters were eligible. Click here to review the Election Report.

We are pleased to announce your newly elected Alumni Councilors, who will begin their service July 1, 2023:
  • Lakeya Cherry - Rachel Carson College, Psychology and Legal Studies, 2004

    Lakeya Cherry aims to join the Alumni Council in order to support and enhance UC Santa Cruz. With degrees from USC, UCSC, and Columbia University, and a diverse skill set partly gained by her experience as a Founder for Lakeya Cherry LLC, Lakeya brings expertise in event planning, career counseling, mentoring, and fundraising. Actively involved in campus organizations during her undergraduate years, Lakeya has continued her support through donations, speaking engagements, and volunteering. Engaging with the Alumni Association and council members, she is dedicated to fostering alumni involvement and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a first-generation college student, Lakeya is motivated to give back and leverage her experience to positively influence the Alumni Council's impact on students and alumni.


  • Julia Dolloff - College Nine, Environmental Studies, 2013

    Julia Dolloff is a Senior Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from CSU Sacramento. With a strong background in event planning, mentoring, government advocacy, and volunteer outreach, Julia has actively supported UC Santa Cruz since graduating in 2013. She has engaged with the Alumni Association, spoken on panels, and mentored students through the online mentorship program. Her community service experience includes working on environmental justice and serving as an assistant coach in a local fitness class. Julia's dedication to public service led her to the Capital Fellows Program, and she now aims to contribute to the Alumni Council to further promote UC Santa Cruz, support students, and foster alumni engagement.

  • Patrick Garcia - Merrill College, Politics, 1976

    Patrick Garcia is a graduate of Merrill College with a degree in Politics and extensive experience in public service, advocacy, and community leadership. Due to his experience as Director of Administration for Santa Clara Co Behavioral Health Services, Patrick has a strong background in human resources, career counseling, and mentoring; he brings valuable expertise to the UCSC Alumni Council. Patrick actively engages with UC Santa Cruz, participating in alumni events and contributing to the Latinx Alumni Association. Patrick hopes to utilize his varied skill set to aid the Alumni Council in helping current students and alumni achieve their academic and professional goals.

  • Abel Mkulama - Coastal Science and Policy, 2021

    Abel Mkulama, a graduate with a Master's degree in Coastal Science, is eager to contribute his expertise and educational background to the UCSC Alumni Council. He is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion, particularly by improving access to campus programs for students of color. With his experience in education working at UC Berkeley as a Program Associate, civic engagement, and business, Abel is well-equipped to engage with university administration, students, and fellow alumni. Through mentorship programs and social media initiatives, he aims to empower current and future UCSC students while highlighting the impactful work of alumni. Abel's dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive community within UC Santa Cruz.


  • Diane Nguyen - College Nine, Sociology, 2011

    Diane Nguyen is motivated to join the Alumni Council and give back to UC Santa Cruz. As a re-entry student, she appreciates the university's support in helping her achieve her goals and wants to contribute her expertise in philanthropy, mentorship, and advocacy. Diane hopes to help expand AAPI impact and representation within UCSC, supporting the Strategic Work Plan and strengthening the alumni community. With her own consulting firm, she has the necessary outreach and communication skills needed to make a positive impact on all communities surrounding UC Santa Cruz through the Alumni Council.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities with the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, please email alumnicouncil@ucsc.edu.