Skip to content

Member biographies

Russell Gould, Board of Regents Chairman, Co-Chair

Russell Gould, the current chair of the Board of Regents, has had a varied career in both the public and private sectors. He has served as a Senior Vice President of Wachovia Bank, providing leadership in business development and strategic partnerships as Senior Managing Director of Wachovia Portfolio Services, formerly Metropolitan West Securities, which he joined in 1996. While at Metropolitan West, Mr. Gould also served as Executive Vice President of the J. Paul Getty Trust where he was responsible for the investments of the Trust's $5.5 billion in assets. Prior to this time at Metropolitan West, Mr. Gould was Director of the Department of Finance of the State of California from 1993 to 1996 and prior to that, he served as Secretary of the Health and Welfare Agency from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Gould received his bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley. He previously served as a Regent of the University of California in 1998. Mr. Gould was appointed in 2005 by Governor Schwarzenegger to a 12-year term.

Mark G. Yudof, President, Co-Chair

Mark G. Yudof was named the 19th president of the University of California on March 27, 2008. Previously, Yudof served as chancellor of the University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008 and as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1994 and as the university's executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997. His career at UT Austin began in 1971, when he was appointed an assistant professor of law. He has continued to teach throughout his administrative career. Yudof is a distinguished authority on constitutional law, freedom of expression and education law who has written and edited numerous publications on free speech and gender discrimination, including "Educational Policy and the Law." He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Law Institute. He served a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Education's Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy and currently is a member of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Edward L. Abeyta, Registrar and Director of Academic Services, UCSD

(Regents Staff Advisor, July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
Edward L. Abeyta, Ph.D. is currently the Registrar and Director of Academic Services at UC San Diego (UCSD) Extension. Prior to joining UCSD Extension in 1995, Edward began his service at UCSD as a counselor for the Early Academic Outreach Program serving underrepresented students in San Diego high schools. Dr. Abeyta has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico, a M.A. from the University of San Diego and his Ph.D. in Post Secondary Adult Education from Capella University. Edward has been recognized from UCSD and the UC Office of the President for his involvement in staff diversity and development initiatives. He is an alumni and member of LEAD San Diego and currently serves as a board member on the City of San Diego Citizens Review Board on Police Practices and the San Diego Workforce Advancement Board. Recently, Edward was selected to receive the San Diego Metropolitan Magazines "40 under 40" award that recognizes the region's young business and civic leaders. He is also a founding board member of the newly established San Diego Urban Discovery Charter School.

Jesse M. Bernal, Interim Diversity Coordinator, UCOP — co-chair, Access and Affordability working group

(Student Regent, July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
Jesse M. Bernal is the Interim Diversity Coordinator for the UC Office of the President, and the immediate past UC Student Regent. A first generation college student, Mr. Bernal received his bachelor's degree in political science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. He is a graduate student at the Gevirtz School of Education at UCSB working on his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Cultural Perspectives including underrepresented students in higher education. As an undergraduate, he was active in several community service projects which included serving as site coordinator for a Santa Barbara Endowment for Youth after-school program and a tutor and college adviser with the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). As a graduate student, he has served as University Affairs Chair and Executive Board Member of the UC Students Association and External Vice President for Statewide Affairs for the UCSB Graduate Students Association. He also served as the student representative on the UCSB Chancellor's Coordinating Committee on Budget Strategy and the UCSB Academic Senate committees on Planning and Budget and Diversity and Equity. Mr. Bernal is currently special programs manager in the UCSB summer sessions office, where he coordinates academic arrangements for the Early Start Program, a high school outreach program, and the Freshman Summer Start Program, a bridge program for incoming UCSB first-year students.

Gene Block, Chancellor, UCLA

Dr. Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA on August 1, 2007. As chief executive officer, he oversees all aspects of the university's three-part mission of education, research and service. Chancellor Block holds UCLA faculty appointments in psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and in physiological science in the College of Letters and Science. Previously, Dr. Block served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, where he held the Alumni Council Thomas Jefferson Professorship in Biology and directed the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Biological Timing. Chancellor Block joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1978. He served as vice provost for research from 1993 to 1998 and then as vice president for research and public service until his appointment as vice president and provost in 2001. A native New Yorker, Chancellor Block holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master's and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon.

Cynthia Brown, Professor, UC Santa Barbara — co-chair, Size and Shape of UC working group

Cynthia Brown is a Professor of French, Affiliate of Film Studies, and an Affiliate in the Medieval Studies Program (which she currently chairs) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Brown has received numerous grants and awards including a Modern Language Association book prize, an American Council of Learned Societies grant, several National Endowment for the Humanities Stipend Awards, the UC President's Fellowship for the Humanities, and Borchard Foundation International Symposium Grants. Brown graduated with a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and has studied at both the Université de Dijon and the École Normale Supérieure, Fontenay-aux-Roses in France. She has also served UCSB as the Chair of the Department of French and Italian for 5 years, as chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel, as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel, and as Faculty Advisor to the Executive Vice Chancellor.

Jesse Cheng, Regent

Jesse Cheng is the student Regent for a one-year term commencing July 1, 2010. Mr. Cheng is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Asian American studies. Mr. Cheng has been active in many areas while at UC Irvine, including: the Asian Pacific Student Association, where he serves on its executive board; student representative to the Irvine Academic Senates' Committee on Educational Policy; Student Fee Advisory Committee; and representative for the School of Humanities, Legislative Council, Associated Students.

Mary Croughan, Executive Director, Research Grants Program Office, UCOP — co-chair, Research Strategies working group

(Academic Senate Chair, Sept. 1, 2008-Aug. 31, 2009)
Mary Croughan is Executive Director, Research Grants Program Office at the Office of the President and Professor In Residence in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at the University of California, San Francisco. She has been on the faculty at UCSF since 1987. Professor Croughan received her B.S. degree in Community Health from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She has served on numerous Academic Senate committees at the campus and systemwide levels, most recently chairing the systemwide University Committee on Academic Personnel and serving on the President's Work Group on Faculty Salary Scales. Professor Croughan is a distinguished epidemiology teacher. Her scholarship has focused on reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, with an emphasis on health outcomes among infertile women and their children.

Anil Deolalikar, Professor, UC Riverside

Anil Deolalikar is Associate Dean of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, and Director of the Public Policy Initiative in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Deolalikar's area of research specialization is the economics of human capital - particularly, nutrition, health and education - in developing countries. He has published four books and over 60 articles in the areas of child nutrition, health, education, poverty and social protection in developing countries. In 2002-03, he worked for the World Bank as Lead Human Development Economist (at their regional office in New Delhi, India) to direct a number of studies that addressed whether the countries of South Asia would attain the millennium development goals and what it would take to attain these goals. The work on India was published as a book by Oxford University Press. Deolalikar was elected in 2007 as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) He obtained his Ph.D. in economics in 1981 at Stanford University, and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University during 1981-83 and as Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1989.

Michael V. Drake, Chancellor, UC Irvine — co-chair, Access and Affordability working group

Michael V. Drake, M.D. was appointed chancellor of the University of California, Irvine in July 2005. Prior to Chancellor Drake's arrival at UCI, he served for five years as vice president for health affairs at the University of California's Office of the President, overseeing academic program policy at UC's 15 health sciences schools located on seven campuses. He directed the special research programs in tobacco, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS; co-chaired the California/Mexico Health Initiative; launched the PRIME (PRogram In Medical Education) initiatives to train physicians to serve the needs of underserved populations statewide; and served with the California Health Benefits Review Program. Before that, he spent more than two decades on the faculty of the UC San Francisco School of Medicine, ultimately becoming Steven P. Shearing Professor of Ophthalmology and senior associate dean. He has served as an administrative leader, physician-scientist and teacher, conducting clinical research on glaucoma and maintaining an active referral practice. He has written dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and co-authored five textbooks.

Christopher Edley, Jr., School of Law Dean, UC Berkeley — co-chair, Education and Curriculum working group

Christopher Edley, Jr. joined Boalt Hall as dean and professor of law in 2004, after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law School. He earned a law degree and a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University, where he served as an editor and officer of the Harvard Law Review. Edley's academic work is primarily in the areas of civil rights and administrative law. Following graduation, Edley joined President Carter's administration as assistant director of the White House domestic policy staff. He served as national issues director throughout the 1987-88 Dukakis presidential campaign, and then as a senior adviser on economic policy for President Bill Clinton's transition team in 1992. In the Clinton administration, he worked as associate director for economics and government at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 he was also special counsel to the President, directing the White House review of affirmative action. He later served the Clinton White House in 1997 as a consultant to the President's advisory board on the race initiative. From 1999-2005, Edley served as a congressional appointee on the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. At UC Berkeley, he is founder and faculty-Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, a multidisciplinary think tank.

Yolanda Nunn Gorman, President and CEO, Brilliance Strategies, Inc. and President, Phillips Graduate Institute

(Alumni Regent, July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)
Yolanda Nunn Gorman is President and Chief Executive Officer of Brilliance Strategies, Inc. a full service management consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit organizational development. In addition, she serves as Interim Dean and chairs a doctoral program in organizational consulting at Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. A three-time graduate of UCLA, Dr. Gorman holds a B.A. in psychology, an M.B.A. from the Anderson School and a Ph.D. in education. During her career, Dr. Gorman has assisted private foundations, school districts, universities, and community and faith-based organizations with board development, strategic planning, resource development and research and evaluation. An active volunteer with multiple community, civic and cultural organizations, Dr. Gorman is currently the chair of the board of directors of the California Association of Nonprofits (CAN), Co-chair of the Chaka Khan Foundation and the immediate past-president of the UCLA Alumni Association. Her involvement with the Association was launched with her participation in the inaugural class of the Alumni Academy. Since then she has served on the UCLA Board first as director, then vice president and president-elect. In 2005 she led the Association's strategic planning process, developing a new plan to guide the organization into the future. Dr. Gorman's other volunteer activities include serving as a member of the boards of the UCLA Foundation, CAN Insurance Services, and the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA). She is also a member of the editorial board of the UCLA Magazine and the author of several articles and papers on nonprofit capacity building and small business management.

Warren Hellman, Alumnus, UC Berkeley

Mr. Hellman co-founded Hellman & Friedman in 1984, is the Firm's Chairman, and a member of the Firm's Investment and Compensation Committees. He was formerly a Director of numerous portfolio companies, including Eller Media Company, Inc., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and Young & Rubicam Inc. Mr. Hellman is a Director of D.N.& E. Walter & Co. and Sugar Bowl Corporation. He is also a member of the University of California Walter A. Haas School of Business Advisory Board and, in 2005, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Mr. Hellman was a General Partner of Hellman, Ferri Investment Associates, Matrix Management Company and Lehman Brothers. At Lehman Brothers, he served as President as well as head of the Investment Banking Division and Chairman of Lehman Corporation. Mr. Hellman graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Sherry L. Lansing, Regent

(Commission Member from July 16, 2009-Aug. 11, 2010)
Sherry Lansing is the Founder of The Sherry Lansing Foundation and former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group, a position she held for twelve years. Prior to that, she headed her own production company. Ms. Lansing holds a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University. She sits on the board of directors of The Carter Center, Teach for America, The American Association for Cancer Research, Friends of Cancer Research, and the Lasker Foundation. In 2004, Ms. Lansing was appointed to the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, the governing body of The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. She has served on the board of trustees of Scripps College, the board of Independent Colleges of Southern California, the board of the UCLA Foundation, and the executive committee of the Dean's advisory board of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Ms. Lansing was appointed as Regent in March 1999 by Governor Davis to a term expiring in 2010. She is the current Vice Chair of the Board.

Monica Lozano, Regent

Monica Lozano is the Senior Vice President of Newspapers for Impremedia LLC, the number one Hispanic news and information company in the United States in online and print. Ms. Lozano is also the publisher and Chief Executive Officer of La Opinión Newspaper, which is the nation's largest Spanish-language daily newspaper. She has worked at the newspaper, which was founded by her family in 1926, since 1985. From 1999 to 2001, she was a member of the California State Board of Education, serving as its President for its 2000-01 session, and a member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. Ms. Lozano currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, the Board of Trustees for the University of Southern California. Ms. Lozano was appointed in 2001 by Governor Davis to a 12-year term. She is the current chair of the Regents' Committee on Finance.

Claudia Magana, President, UC Student Association

(Commission Member from Sept. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2010)
Claudia Magana is the UC Student Association President for 2010-2011. A first generation college student, Ms. Magana is completing a double major in sociology and politics combined with Latin American & Latino Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She has been involved with the external office of the Student Union Assembly at UCSC since her first quarter on campus. She has also served on the UCSA board of Directors for two years as the Campus Organizing Director and is the current External Vice Chair.

Henry (“Harry”) Powell, Professor, UC San Diego

(Academic Senate Chair, Sept. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010)
Henry C. (Harry) Powell is Professor of Pathology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is a medical graduate of University College Dublin and his M.D. and D.Sc. degrees are from the National University of Ireland. After training at the Philadelphia General Hospital, UC San Diego and the Massachusetts General Hospital he was board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology and he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in London. He has been a faculty member at UC San Diego since 1976 and has served as Neuropathology division head from 1986-2008 and as interim chair of Pathology from 1999-2004. His research has focused on diseases of the peripheral nervous system, in particular the pathogenesis and pathology of diabetic neuropathy and mechanisms of increased endoneurial fluid pressure. Dr Powell has served as residency program director in Neuropathology and also Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. In the divisional Senate at UC San Diego he has served as a member of the Committee on Academic Personnel, the Committee on Committees, on the School of Medicine Faculty Rights and Welfare Committee and chair of the divisional Senate.

Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, California Labor Federation

Art Pulaski is the Chief Officer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The Federation represents 2.1 million members of 1,200 manufacturing, service, construction and public sector unions. Art Pulaski's career in organized labor began at 16, when, as a stock clerk in a supermarket, he joined the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union. Since then he has worked as a union and community organizer, and held a number of union positions before being elected to lead the California Labor Federation. Early in his career, Pulaski built coalitions with union and community groups for energy reform. He brought his alliance building to the Federation, joining unions with low-wage worker advocacy groups, faith-based organizations and retiree associations in campaigns to raise the minimum wage, stop the privatization of Social Security, and effect health care reform. He led the creation of Stand for California Coalition, a group of labor unions, religious organizations, civil rights groups and business interests and played a leadership role in the Apollo Alliance, a national coalition for cleaner energy and better jobs. Pulaski has served on numerous gubernatorial panels and commissions on economic progress and workforce development. He was a founder of one of California's model childcare centers, called PalCare, and served as president of nationally televised PBS series "We Do the Work", the Labor Project for Working Families and the California Works Foundation.

Victor Sanchez, Vice President, United States Students Association

(Commission Member as President, UC Student Association, Sept. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010)

Henry T. Yang, Chancellor, UC Santa Barbara — co-chair, Research Strategies working group

Henry T. Yang was named UC Santa Barbara's fifth chancellor in 1994. He was formerly the Neil A. Armstrong Distinguished Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he also served as the dean of engineering for ten years. Dr. Yang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has received a number of recognitions for his research, teaching, and public service, including five honorary doctorates and the Benjamin Garver Lamme gold medal, the highest honor from the American Society of Engineering Education. He has served on scientific advisory boards for the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, NASA, and National Science Foundation. He is the vice chair of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities and a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Universities. He also serves on the President's Committee for the National Medal of Science, the Millennium Technology Prize international selection committee, and the Kavli Foundation board, and is chairman of the board for the Thirty Meter Telescope project.

Allan Zaremberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, California Chamber of Commerce

Allan Zaremberg is president and chief executive officer of the CalChamber. He took over the top staff position in 1998 after six years as executive vice president and head of CalChamber's legislative advocacy program. Enhancing the state's economic growth has been the goal of Zaremberg's activities. He has headed statewide ballot campaigns to close the legal loophole that permitted shakedown lawsuits, to assure adequate funding for transportation infrastructure and to oppose anti-business proposals that would have raised the cost of health care, electricity and public works. He led negotiations culminating in comprehensive reforms of workers' compensation, endangered species laws, and other key issues. Before joining CalChamber, Zaremberg served as chief legislative advisor to and advocate for Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. Zaremberg served as a captain and flight navigator on a KC-135 jet air refueling tanker while in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1975. He received a B.S. in economics from Penn State University and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, where he was a member of the Law Journal.

Steven Beckwith, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Ex officio member

Steven Beckwith was appointed vice president for research and graduate studies in January 2008. He serves as the senior systemwide research officer and is responsible for the University's long-term graduate education planning, outreach and recruitment, including coordinating systemwide planning for new graduate programs and identifying and developing responses to major research initiatives and opportunities. Prior to his appointment, he served as director emeritus of the Space Telescope Science Institute and a professor of physics and astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University's Space Telescope Science Institute. From 1991 to 1998, he was the managing director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie in Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to that, he was a professor in the astronomy department at Cornell University. He has served on oversight committees for some of the world's largest astronomical facilities - the European Southern Observatory, the Atacama Large Millimeter Array, and the Large Binocular Telescope - and he led committees that set national strategies for major investments in astronomy sponsored by the National Research Council and the European Space Agency. He has successfully initiated several partnerships between international organizations in Europe to promote science, for which he won the Max Planck Society Prize for International Organization in 1997.

Nathan Brostrom, Executive Vice President, Ex officio member

Nathan Brostrom serves as the Executive Vice President-Business Operations at the Office of the President and was formerly the Vice Chancellor-Administration at UC Berkeley. Before joining the University of California in 2006, Brostrom spent ten years as Managing Director and Manager of the Western Region Public Finance group for JPMorgan, where he worked on financings totaling more than $100 billion for municipal clients throughout the western United States. He served as lead banker on the $11.3 billion energy bond program for the California Department of Water Resources, the financing that repaid the state general fund for the lost revenue from the 2000-2001 California energy crisis. Mr. Brostrom served as a banker for higher education and cultural institutions including Stanford University, the Getty Trust, the California State University system, the California community college system, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the San Francisco Ballet, and other cultural institutions in the western United States. Over ten years, he worked on financings totaling over $4.3 billion for the Regents of the University of California. His experience also includes four years in the office of the California State Treasurer, and additional corporate finance experience at JPMorgan Securities and Quarterdeck Investment Partners. Mr. Brostrom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and holds a master's degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Daniel Greenstein, Vice Provost, Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination, Ex officio member

Daniel Greenstein was appointed Vice Provost for Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination in March 2007. He previously served as university librarian for systemwide library planning and executive director of the California Digital Library. Prior to joining the University, he was director of the Digital Library Federation in the United States and founding director of two networked information services working on behalf of the United Kingdom's universities and colleges. He holds degrees from the Universities of Pennsylvania and Oxford and began his career as a senior lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow.

Lawrence H. Pitts, Provost and Executive Vice President, Ex officio member

Lawrence H. Pitts, M.D., serves as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs of the UC system. Pitts, a longtime UC faculty member and past chair of the UC Academic Senate, is a professor of neurosurgery at UC San Francisco, where he has served on the faculty since 1975. At UCSF he has been chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital and of UCSF/Mount Zion Hospital, and vice chair and acting chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. He has also served on a variety of UC Academic Senate committees at the divisional and systemwide levels, including the Senate's Shared Governance Task Force, the Task Force on Healthcare and the drafting task force on UC's Health Corporate Compliance Plan. Pitts received concurrent bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served as a naval officer for two years before attending the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He did his neurosurgical training at UCSF.

Daniel L. Simmons, Academic Senate Chair, Ex officio member

Daniel Simmons is a professor of law at the University of California Davis, where he has been on the faculty since 1976. Professor Simmons teaches ibasic federal income tax, corporate tax and partnership tax. He is a co-author of casebooks on Federal Income Taxation, Federal Income Taxation of Business Organizations, Federal Income Taxation of Corporations, and Federal Income Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations, as well as numerous articles. Professor Simmons received his AB degree in 1964 and JD degree in 1971 from UC Davis. Following law school he was a law clerk for Justice Louis Burke on the California Supreme Court. Professor Simmons served as a Professor-in-Residence in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in 1986-87. He has been on the executive board of the State Bar Tax Section, and has served as chair of the Teaching Tax Committee of the ABA Section on Taxation. He has been a member of the Governing Board of the California Continuing Education of the Bar. He is the graduate group chair for the UC Davis Masters of Law in International Commercial Law. Professor Simmons is currently serving as the vice-chair of the University of California Academic Senate and a faculty representative to the UC Board of Regents. He has also served as Associate Provost for Educational Relations in the University of California Office of the President. His responsibilities in that position included the early development and planning for UC Merced.

Peter Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Ex officio member

Peter J. Taylor, a seasoned public finance officer, serves as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the UC system. Since 1993, Taylor, 50, has held a number of senior positions in investment banking, most recently at Barclays Capital, where he served as managing director of public finance. In this capacity he has been responsible for all West Coast infrastructure financing operations, including the oversight of 15 investment bankers. Prior to Barclays Capital, Taylor served in senior positions in other large, complex organizations including with GTE California in the telecommunications business. His professional experience encompasses governmental work and over six years in the California Legislature including as chief of staff to Mike Roos, majority leader for the state Assembly. Taylor also has previous personal experience with UC, as a graduate and active alumnus of UCLA and as a former alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents. Taylor currently serves on the Board of Directors of the J. Paul Getty Trust as a member of the audit, finance and investment committees; on the James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors, where he is vice chair; and on the UCLA Foundation Board of Directors (through June 2009). Previous board and commission service includes Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2004 California Performance Review Commission, the California Student Aid Commission (2000-2002) and the UC Board of Regents (alumni representative 1998-2000).

Additional Working Group Co-Chairs

Chancellor George R. Blumenthal, UC Santa Cruz — Size and Shape of UC

George R. Blumenthal was appointed Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz, on September 19, 2007 after serving as UCSC's Acting Chancellor for 14 months. Chancellor Blumenthal joined UC Santa Cruz in 1972 and is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics whose research investigates the origin of structure in the universe. He has served as chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, chair of the UCSC Academic Senate, chair of the UC systemwide Academic Senate, and faculty representative to the Board of Regents. He is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology and chairs the governing board of directors for the California Association for Research in Astronomy's W. M. Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii. In June 2008, he was appointed to the board of directors of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Blumenthal received his bachelor of science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and his doctorate in physics from the University of California, San Diego.

Associate Professor Keith R. Williams, UC Davis — Education and Curriculum

Keith R. Williams is a Senior Lecturer of Exercise Biology in the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis. Professor Williams earned a B.S. in physical science in 1971 and an M.A. in physical education in 1977, both from UC Davis, and a Ph.D. in biomechanics from Penn State in 1980. His research interests include biomechanics, analysis of gait and movement efficiency, injury prevention, and footwear design/mechanics. He is currently the chair of the Academic Senate's University Committee on Educational Policy (UCEP).

Executive Vice Chancellor Glenn (Gene) E. Lucas, UC Santa Barbara — Funding Strategies

Gene Lucas is the Executive Vice Chancellor of UC Santa Barbara. Professor Lucas received his B.S. degree from UCSB in 1973, and he obtained an M.S. and Sc.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and 1978, respectively. He joined the faculty at UCSB in 1978 and currently holds joint appointments in the departments of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering. Professor Lucas' research interests lie primarily in the experimental investigation of the response of structural materials to processing variables and service environment.

Vice Chancellor Steven A. Olsen, UCLA — Funding Strategies

Steven A. Olsen joined UCLA in 1999 and is the Vice Chancellor for Finance, Budget, and Capital Programs. Prior to joining UCLA, Olsen served as chief deputy director of the California State Department of General Services, responsible for overall planning and daily operations of the state's real estate, procurement, telecommunications and school construction businesses. In 1991, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Olsen deputy director of the State Department of Finance, where he was responsible for development of state budgetary strategy and for conduct of budget negotiations with the California Legislature. He also worked for 11 years in the California Legislature, eventually serving as chief fiscal advisor to the Senate Republican leader. Olsen graduated from UCLA summa cum laude in 1977 with majors in political science and economics. He also earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979.

© 2015 Regents of the University of California  |  Terms of use  |  Contact: University of California Office of the President, (510) 987-9200