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Meet the 2023 UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council


From left to right: John Madrid, Meredith Vivian Turner, Shelly Meron, Christy Martin, Judith Gutierrez, Sareil Brookins, Armando Flores, Gardenia Guerrero, Mario Enrique Galdamez, David B. Hansen, Annapoorna (Anna) Gururajan, Walter M. Joyce, Shonté Thomas, Claudine Lim, Jessica Lum, Moses Massenburg, Juliet Musso, Julia Silverman Schechter, Dom Siababa, Susan Tappero, Corinne Kappelle, Max Ortiz, Brian Turner, Kevin Volkan, April Yee.

UC Santa Cruz alumnus John Madrid (Oakes ’98, language studies) has contributed countless hours over his 20s as a former volunteer. His work through the alumni council has helped reconnect alumni to each other and to their university.

Now, as the new chairman of the UCSC Alumni Council, alongside seven newly appointed advisors, Madrid and his team will continue to foster meaningful relationships with other alumni and work to achieve their goals of building strength. engagement of UCSC alumni worldwide.

“I am extremely humbled and honored to be the next Elders Council President,” Madrid said. “I am thrilled and grateful to be working with the Alumni Engagement Office and an incredibly talented and committed group of Alumni Advisors.”

Madrid previously served on the alumni council, the board of directors of the UCSC alumni association from 2007 to 2014, and joined the board in 2019. He most recently served as executive vice president. Madrid also chaired the Nominations Committee, served on the Scholarships Committee and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion from 2010 to 2012..

Current Council of Elders Chair Meredith Vivian Turner will continue to serve on the Executive Committee assuming the role of Past Chair, while Madrid assumed the role of Chair from July 1.

“I am thrilled to see John as the next Chairman of the Board,” said Vivian Turner. “His many years of service on the board, combined with his thoughtful and balanced disposition, will serve the board and campus well as we work collectively to elevate the role and impact of alumni.”

Madrid said he loves giving back to the campus that has helped shape his life.

“I just had a great experience at UC Santa Cruz,” Madrid said. “I had an affinity with school and campus, and volunteering is really a way for me to give back to the university.”

Madrid graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1998 with a BA in Language Studies and returned to the Los Angeles area, where he grew up. After a few years, he found himself drawn to the Los Angeles Regional Chapter of UCSC, which hosted dozens of events in the Los Angeles area. He soon began volunteering with the chapter in 2002 and was elected treasurer of the LA chapter in 2004.

Since graduating from UCSC, Madrid has worked in information technology for several financial institutions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Currently, Madrid serves as Assistant Vice President of Information Technology for American Business Bank.

“Santa Cruz is a very special place, and the people are special too,” Madrid said. “I connect with both the campus and the people, and this symbiotic relationship is what makes me want to volunteer. »

UC Santa Cruz is grateful for the leadership and support of past advisors. The voices of the elders make the difference. Meet your former advisors:

Newly elected councilors who began their volunteer service on July 1, 2022: Armand Flores (Stevenson ’15, politics); Gardenia Guerrero (Oakes ’21, sociology and LALS); Annapoorna (Anna) Gururajan (Oakes ’15, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology); Jessica Lum (Rachel Carson ’09, environmental studies and economics); Moses Massenburg (John R. Lewis ’11, Sociology); Shame Thomas (Rachel Carson ’99, politics); Kevin Volcan (Kresge ’81, biology).

Elected Councillors: Shelly Meron (Stevenson ’05, history and journalism); Christy Martin (Rachel Carson ’88, computer and information science); Judith Gutierrez (Rachel Carson ’18, politics); Meredith Vivian Turner (Rachel Carson ’09, story), Sareil Brookins (Stevenson ’19, psychology and critical race and ethnic studies); Mario Enrique Galdamez (Merrill ’06, politics and LALS); David B. Hansen (Oakes ’76, politics); Walter M. Joyce (Cowell ’67, literature); Corinne Kappelle (Kresge ’11, sociology and cinema and digital media); Claudine Lim (Cowell ’14, story); Jessica Lum (Rachel Carson ’09, environmental studies and economics); Juliette Musso (Cowell ’82, psychology); Max Ortis (Cowell ’09, politics); Julia Silverman Schechter (Stevenson ’83, politics); Dom Siababa (Merrill ’75, sociology); Susan Tappero (Ph.D. and MA mathematics); Brian Turner (Cowell ’04, legal studies); april yes (Oakes ’02, American Studies and Psychology).

If you would like to apply to serve on the alumni council in the future, please contact the UCSC Alumni Association.