Alumni Council

Univerity of California, Santa Cruz Alumni is governed by an elected board of alumni volunteers called the Alumni Council. The council is comprised of elected alumni. If you are interested in being part of the council, please contact Shayna Kent by email at skent1@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-3966.

 

 


    Michael Riepe - President

  • Michael Riepe

    Oakes College, 1991

    B.S. Computer Engineering

    Michael earned a B.S. in computer engineering from Oakes College before going on to attend the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan for his PhD in electrical engineering. Since then, he has worked as the Principal Engineer at Achronix Semiconductor and as a Software Architect and Consulting Engineer at Magma Design Automation Inc. He is also a member and Chair Emeritus of UC Santa Cruz’s Baskin Alumni Advisory Council for the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.

     


  • Adolfo R. Mercado - Past President

  • Adolfo R. Mercado

    Kresge College, 1998

    B.A. Anthropology

    Adolfo earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Kresge College in 1998 and his Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2003. Besides serving as the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for the Council, and as an Alumni Councilor for Kresge College, Adolfo has devoted his career to improving educational opportunities in Sacramento. He has served as a Board Member for the Sacramento City School District Bond Oversight Committee, the Director of Breakthrough Sacramento and as Executive Director for Sacramento Country Day School. Adolfo is also a Governing Board Member for the Language Academy of Sacramento.

     


  • Dom Siababa - Executive Vice President

  • Dom Siababa

    Merrill College, 1975

    B.A. Sociology 

    A second generation Filipino American who grew up in the Salinas Valley, Dom entered UC Santa Cruz as an EOPP student. During his junior year, he arranged for a field study in Seattle to work with Filipino Youth Activities, Inc.--a Filipino American social service agency—and has been involved with community based organizations ever since. He worked at PG&E for over 20 years, where he held several management positions, then in high tech for 8 years and currently works as a small business solutions advisor. Dom’s served on the Alumni Council for 11 years and is a past president of the association. He is excited to return, again, in a leadership capacity. He has two beautiful daughters from a previous marriage and not only volunteers on campus but also with various community organizations in Salinas where he now resides.

     

     


  • Meredith Vivian Turner - Vice President of Administration

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    Rachel Carson College, 2009

    B.A. History

    Meredith graduated from Rachel Carson College in 2009 with a degree in history. After earning a Master’s in public policy from USC, she worked as the Assistant Executive Director, Chief Governing Officer, and Interim Executive Director for the California State Student Association. Currently, Meredith is the Associate Director for Advocacy and Institutional Relations for the University of California, Office of the President.


  • April Yee - Vice President for Finance

  • April Yee

    Oakes College, 2002

    B.A. American Studies, B.A. Psychology

    April graduated from Oakes College with a BA in psychology, a BA in American studies with a concentration in political, social, and economic analysis, and a minor in communication and rhetoric. She worked in the private equity industry for over 10 years, being based in San Francisco and New York City. She has been transitioning and readjusting to life after emergency cardiothoracic surgery, which saved her life in 2015. April now works part-time as a home care provider for her aunt and is completing a holistic life coaching program certification in order to work with women of color in finance around self-care and wellness practices. She spends more of her time writing now, which has always been a passion of hers. In addition to the Alumni Council, April serves as the Board President of Kidpower International, which is based in Santa Cruz; the Board Secretary for Friends of Roots; the Chair of the Dr. Jennie H.Y. Yee Scholarship Fund at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco; and a Board member of the OCA-San Francisco Chapter. April enjoys reading, writing, practicing yoga, and spending time enjoying the blessings of life with people around her. 

     


  • Jacob Martinez - Vice President of Local Affairs

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    Oakes College, 2005

    B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Jacob earned a B.S. degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a masters degree in instructional science and technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.

    Jacob is the founder and Executive Director of the Digital NEST, a non-profit that CONNECTS youth to a skill-building community that TRANSFORMS them into professionals who can CREATE successful careers, innovative solutions and prosperous communities. Prior to establishing the Digital NEST in 2014, Jacob spent 10 ears leading innovative computer-based programs in California, with a paritcular focus on encouraging Latina girls to enter high tech fields. He spoke in 2015 at the White House Tech meetup and was names by Tech Crunch as on of 2014's Top 10 Men in the Country Supporting Women in Technology. In 2015, Jacob was named the Santa Cruz County Entreprpeneur of the Year.



  • Andrew Call

  • Andrew Call

    Rachel Carson College, 2007

    B.A. Film & Digital Media 

    Andrew earned his B.A. in film & digital media from Rachel Carson College in 2007. He currently works at a start-up company called Houzz in Palo Alto, and previously worked at Uber & Facebook. He has a career coaching practice and is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael. He live in San Carlos with his wife, Elena, their baby daughter Isabelle, and their two cats, Calvin & Hobbes. 

    Outside of work, you can find Andrew spending time with family, traveling, volunteering, swimming, playing tennis, working on his novel and watching movies. Andrew is excited about being on the Alumni Council board and having the opportunity to give back to UC Santa Cruz, an institution that has played a formative role in his life.

  • Blair Gifford

  • Blair Gifford

    Rachel Carson College, 1978

    B.S. Economics


  • David B. Hansen

  • David B. Hansen

    Oakes College, 1976

    B.A. Politics 

    David received a B.A. in politics from Oakes College in 1976, alongside a degree from University of Bergen, Norway. He later earned an MA in applied economics from UCSB and an MBA from Berkeley Haas. David’s career has spanned Norwegian energy policy, health business strategy, health care IT management, and Internet startups. He currently helps manage an online educational company that he co-founded. David joined UCSC’s Alumni Council last year with the goal of improving career options for UCSC’s students and alumni.


  • Eanad Lott

  • Eanad Lott

    Cowell College, 1992

    B.A. English and American Literature

    Eanad graduated from Cowell College with a degree in English and American literature in 1992. She is also currently the Alumni Councilor for Cowell. Eanad has extensive experience with nonprofit work and is currently the Director of Operations and Client Services for a domestic violence relief agency. Eanad also serves as an Appointed Board Member, Board Secretary, and Member of the Executive Committee for Paratransit Inc., which provides transportation services to people with disabilities in the Sacramento area.


  • Saurabh Mishra

  • Merrill, 2007 and Graduate Division, 2008

    B.S. and M.S. Economics

    Saurabh Mishra earned his B.S. in economics from Merill College in 2007, an M.S. in applied economics and finance in 2008 and a PhD in reliability engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. He is an economist, reliability engineer, and machine learning scientist. For ten years, he served as an economist at the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and International Finance Corporation (IFC) where he worked on versatile operations, projects, and research around the world. He pioneered research on trade in services, export competitiveness, economic diversification, structural transformation and drivers of global economic growth. He continues to consult for diverse international institutions including International Finance Corporation (IFC), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization (WTO), and advises startups and companies.


  • Roberto Ocampo

  • Roberto Ocampo

    Merrill College, 1975

    B.A. Sociology

    Roberto majored in sociology at Merrill College and earned his master’s degree in counselor education from San Jose State University. As a former member of the Salinas City Council and guidance counselor for the Salinas Union High School District for over 30 years, he is a very active member of the Salinas community. Roberto is also a member of the Christians in Commerce organization and volunteers for the Monterey County Diocese.


  • Max Ortiz

  • Max Ortiz

    Cowell, 2009

    B.A. Politics

    Max Ortiz is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Manager at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Max joined the firm in May of 2017, and has over 8 years of investment, credit, and banking experience supporting the needs of high net worth families and institutional clients. He provides wealth management services to help clients navigate the intricacies of investment strategy, portfolio structuring, and generational planning.

    Prior to joining U.S. Trust, Max worked at Hall Capital Partners in San Francisco from 2012-2017 in their portfolio management group.  He assisted in the development and implementation of investment strategy, portfolio reporting, and general client service.  From 2010 to 2012, he worked in operations at Western Asset Management company, a leading fixed-income management firm in Los Angeles.

    While at UC Santa Cruz, Max was a four-time national champion while earning All-American honors in tennis.  Max is an avid surfer, yogi, and golfer.

     


  • Leisette Rodriguez

  • Leisette Rodriguez

    Cowell College, 1996

    B.A. Sociology

    Leisette Rodriguez is a 1996 UC Santa Cruz graduate affiliated with Cowell College. She received her BA in sociology and has a minor in education. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from CUNY School of Law in Queens, New York and practices immigration and federal labor law. 
    Leisette is a former union organizer, a photographer, motivational speaker and an attorney practicing immigration and federal labor law in Los Angeles. She is the board chair of Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project, President of the Parent Policy Council for the Long Beach Unified School District Headstart Program, and a member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association. 
    During her time at UC Santa Cruz, Leisette was an active member and Co-chair of many clubs and student organizations. She also fenced, played rugby, wrote for TWANAS and City on a Hill.  She is very proud and honored to be able to contribute to UCSC as a member of the Alumni Council. 

  • Brian Sniegowski

  • Brian Sniegowski

    Rachel Carson College, 1996

    B.A. Politics, B.S. Economics

    Brian double-majored in Politics and Economics at Rachel Carson College and earned his MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business. Currently, Brian is the Director of Innovation and Development at Farmer’s Insurance. As well as serving on the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council, he has worked with the UCLA Alumni Association as the Senior Marketing Manager and Director of Regional Programs. Brian also serves on the board of a public policy nonprofit in southern California and has chaired the UC Santa Cruz Multicultural Festival.


  • Susan Tappero

  • Susan Tappero

    Graduate Division, 1988, 1992

    Ph.D. and M.A. Mathematics

    Susan earned an M.A. in mathematics from the UCSC Graduate Division in 1988 and obtained her Ph.D. in pure mathematics in 1992. She joined the mathematics faculty first at Middlebury College and then at the University of Northern Colorado before returning to Santa Cruz. She worked for 25 years at Cabrillo College as the director of MESA, a transfer equity program for students who want to go into a math-based field. She retired in June of 2018 and is a new board member of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council.


  • Brian Turner

  • Brian Turner

    Cowell, 2004

    B.A. Legal Studies 

    Brian graduated from Cowell College in 2004 with a degree in legal studies. Brian then attended Chapman University, Fowler School of Law where he graduated cum laude with his juris doctorate degree.  After spending several years practicing law as a litigator he moved to Sacramento where he opened up the Law Office of Brian H. Turner.  The Law Office of Brian H. Turner represents clients in a wide variety of matters that resulted in serious personal injury.  Brian is a new board member of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council.

     

     


  • Matthew Waxman

  • Matthew Waxman

    Porter College, 2006

    B.A. Film & Digital Media, B.A. History & Theory of Architecture

    Matthew graduated from Porter College in 2006, earning degrees in both film and digital media and the history and theory of architecture. He went on to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design and currently lives in the Boston area. In addition to serving as an Alumni Council Board Member, Matthew is a collaborator at an east coast architecture and planning firm.