Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board

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Group shot of the 2017 Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

Ambassadors in the Community

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to fostering and strengthening positive relationships with the campus and community organizations. The Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB), formerly known as the Board of Overseers, advocates for UC San Diego and advises the Chancellor, with specific emphasis on the university’s role in the community. The board also supports the formulation and execution of advocacy plans and programs related to increasing the community’s understanding of the positive impact UC San Diego has on the region’s development and progress.

Created by former Chancellor William D. McElroy in 1973, CCAB is one of the oldest advisory boards of its type in the University of California system.


The board is composed of talented, experienced and motivated citizens of San Diego interested in fostering positive and productive relationships between UC San Diego and the community at-large. The board’s membership reflects the diversity of San Diego.

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Yen Tu*President, Yen C. Tu Consulting; UC San Diego Alum ’90

Yen Tu

Location: San Diego, CA

Yen Tu was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and came to the United States as a refugee with her family in 1977. She is one of 10 children. A San Diego resident since 1978, she graduated from UC San Diego in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese studies. Tu owns a consulting business focused on marketing, community outreach and special events. Her clients include the city of San Diego, Asian Business Association, Center City Development Corporation (CCDC), San Diego Chinese Center, I Love a Clean San Diego and Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair. Her previous positions include serving as community relations manager for Viejas Enterprises, executive director for the Asian Business Association, senior campaigner for United Way of San Diego County, and legislative aid for two city of San Diego council members and one county supervisor.

David Arambula*Litigation Consultant, McAvoy & Rivera

David Arambula

Location: Lemon Grove, CA

David Arambula has broad-based experience in different industries and environments including retail, health care, education, social services, legal, union, nonunion, multistate and international companies. He excels in the areas of HR business and strategic planning with key responsibilities in employee relations/HR law, litigation management, training and development, conflict resolution risk management and contract review/negotiations. He has a Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from National University, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Southern Illinois University.

Ruben BarralesPresident, Grow Elect

Ruben Barrales

Location: San Diego, CA

Ruben Barrales is the president of Grow Elect, an organization that empowers the Latino community by electing Latinos to public office in local and state government. He served previously as CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and deputy assistant to President George W. Bush, and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He also serves on the board of directors for the Public Policy Institute of California. Barrales graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in administrative studies.

Cristina Chiriboga-Hahn*Retiree: Interim President of Cuyamaca College; UC San Diego Alum ’72 and ’03

Cristina Chiriboga-Hahn

Location: San Diego, CA

Christine Chiriboga-Hahn has extensive experience in higher education. She received her Master of Arts in history from UC San Diego and her Doctor of Education in education leadership from University of San Diego. She was the interim president of Cuyamaca College and also served as the vice president of instruction. Currently, she serves on the Dissertation Service for Doctoral Students in the College of Education at San Diego State University. Chiriboga-Hahn has been dean for language arts at Southwestern Community College and CEO member of San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA).

Grace Chui-MillerChief Financial Officer, Correlation Ventures; UC San Diego Alum ’93

Grace Chui-Miller

Location: San Diego, CA

Grace Chui-Miller is responsible for the financial reporting of Correlation Ventures’ investment funds as well as day-to-day management of firmwide finance, operations and investment monitoring. In addition, she is responsible for investor relations and works closely with outside legal counsel on fundraising, operations and regulatory compliance matters. Previously she was the chief financial officer of DCM, a technology-focused venture capital firm based in the Bay Area with over $2 billion under management; she had oversight of global finance operations and advised portfolio company management teams, providing operational and financial guidance and assistance. She also spent seven years at KPMG LLP, working as an audit manager on various privately and publicly held clients in the financial services and information-technology industry segments (including several venture-capital funds and venture-backed portfolio companies). Chui-Miller received her Master of Business Administration from the Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in quantitative economics and decision sciences from UC San Diego. She is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of California.

Joe ConnerProfessor, School of Science and Math, Pasadena City College; Director, LegalShield; UC San Diego Alum ’80

Joe Conner

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Joe Conner teaches general and marine biology. He has been the Upward Bound math/science director at UC San Diego and Pasadena City College. Conner developed pedagogical and communication tools while teaching science for UC San Diego Upward Bound, helping diverse students of all ages and disciplines better understand the rules that facilitate lifelong learning. He has presented in the United States and abroad at NASA, USAFA, UNESCO and science and engineering conferences. Since leaving UC San Diego, Conner has worked with students to assist them in applying to four-year institutions. Conner received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from UC San Diego and a B.S. in biological sciences from University of Southern California. He conducted postdoctoral research at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and California State University Long Beach.

Stanley M. Faer*Retiree: Television Director

Stanley Faer

Location: Valley Center, CA

Stanley M. Faer has been a member of UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates since 2007 and is a member of the newly formed Chancellor’s Associates Council. He has chaired its Faculty Excellence Awards. As a member of the UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, he served three terms as president and two years as treasurer. Faer is the community chair of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council. He has also served on the Geisel Library Board.

Prior to his retirement, Faer served on a number of boards, including the Directors Guild of America. He was employed by CBS Television for over forty years, first in management then as an assistant director primarily on variety and sports programs. Additionally, Faer had his own production company and directed variety programs, commercials and industrials. He is a recipient of an Emmy Award and the Directors Guild of America Franklin J. Schaffner Lifetime Achievement Award.

Clarissa Reyes FalconPrincipal Consultant, Falcon Strategies LLC; UC San Diego Alum ’94

Clarissa Reyes Falcon

Location: Bonita, CA

Clarissa Reyes Falcon has expertise in government, community and nonprofit arenas, and she serves the most disadvantaged and underserved communities in California with a passion. Prior to starting her consulting business, Falcon Strategies LLC, she served as district chief of staff for the 40th California State Senate District represented by Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny. Prior to working for Senator Ducheny, Falcon worked as key staff on public policy for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (SDREDC). Falcon received her undergraduate degree in political science and literature from UC San Diego (Thurgood Marshall College) in 1994.

Marne FosterCommunity College Teacher, Consultant, and Former Board Member, San Diego Unified School District

Location: San Diego, CA

Marne Foster

Marne Foster is a native San Diegan and has extensive experience in education. She has been a community college teacher for over 18 years and provides leadership to deans and more than 700 faculty members as the Student Learning Outcomes/Program review coordinator for San Diego Continuing Education. Foster was elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board for Sub-District E in 2012 and became president in 2014. She currently serves on the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges’ Career Technical Education Leadership Committee. Foster’s achievements include the I Am My Brother’s Keeper 2016 Walter Kudumu Education Award; the Blue Heart Foundation 2014 Administrator of the Year Award; the San Diego Continuing Education 2010 President’s Leadership Award; and the 2009 Promising Outcomes Work and Exemplary Research Award (POWER), given by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges for her leadership in student learning outcomes. She recently received Harvard University’s Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate, and has a Management Development for Entrepreneurs Certificate from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She is a graduate from Howard University School of Business and American University School of Communications.

George GastilEducator

George Gastil

Location: Lemon Grove, CA

George Gastil has taught history for much of his professional life, starting at the secondary level and continuing to the college level in 2000. He currently teaches at San Diego State University and Grossmont Community College and has previously taught at Palomar Community College and San Diego Miramar College. In 1998 Gastil was elected to serve on the Lemon Grove School Board and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. In 2002, he joined the staff of State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny and served as the senator’s local liaison for education, health care, human services and labor issues. In 2008 and 2012, he was elected as a city councilman for Lemon Grove. Gastil earned his undergraduate degree at Earlham College in Indiana and received a Master of Arts in history from UC Santa Barbara.

Christine KehoeExecutive Director, California Plug-In Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative

Location: San Diego, CA

Christine Kehoe

Christine Kehoe is executive director of the California Plug-In Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California’s economic, energy and environmental goals. Kehoe is a former democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 39 from 2004 to 2012. Her previous political experience includes two terms on the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2004. While in the state assembly, she was the assembly speaker pro tempore for a session. Kehoe served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 to 2000 and was a member of the California Coastal Commission from 1997 to 2000. Her professional experience also includes working as a community development specialist in San Diego, legislative aide, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association, coordinator of the San Diego AIDS Assistance Fund and editor of the San Diego Gayzette. Kehoe earned a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York-Albany.

Ray King*President and CEO, Urban League of San Diego County

Ray King

Location: San Diego, CA

Ray King has been president and CEO of the Urban League of San Diego County since October 2007. The Urban League of San Diego is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Locally, the Urban League of San Diego County provides direct services to more than 7,000 people annually, countywide, through programs, advocacy and research. Prior to joining the Urban League, King worked in the corporate world as the general manager for marketing and operations of a transportation company and traveled to Asia, Europe and South America. He has a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and was appointed to an education commission by the governor of California.

Al KorobkinRetiree: Senior Assistant Attorney General, California Department of Justice

Al Korobkin

Location: San Diego, CA

Al Korobkin currently serves as a facilitator for a biweekly political discussion class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego, where he and his wife are both members. Now retired, Korobkin served as a deputy attorney general, supervising deputy attorney general, and senior assistant attorney general for the California Department of Justice from 1965 to 2000. He then went on to work as a pro tem administrative law judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings, serving as a mediator for cases scheduled before the Special Education Division, from 2005 to 2015. Korobkin earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Occidental College in 1962 and graduated and from UCLA School of Law in 1965. Korobkin and his wife are Chancellor’s Associates.

Kent LeeExecutive Director, Pacific Arts Movement; UC San Diego Alum ’07

Kent Lee

Location: San Diego, CA

Kent Lee is the executive director of Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), one of the largest nonprofit media arts organizations in North America focusing on Asian American and Asian international cinema. Pac Arts is best known for presenting the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival as well as for providing youth filmmaking education through their Reel Voices program. Lee has over a decade of nonprofit management experience in San Diego and previously worked for the San Diego-Imperial Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an active community volunteer, serving on boards and committees for various local and national organizations such as the Asian Business Association of San Diego; the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group; International Deaf Education Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL); and Alpha Phi Omega, a national collegiate community-service organization. Lee earned his bachelor’s degrees in general biology and economics from UC San Diego.

William D. LynchOwner and President, William D. Lynch Company

William Lynch

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

William D. Lynch is the owner and president of the William D. Lynch Company and owns and operates cosmetology schools, dining yachts, apartment units, commercial real estate, laundromats, Iowa farms and other business holdings. He is founder and chairman of the board of the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children through which he has donated over $2,500,000 to charitable causes. He is the founder and chairman of education policy and law at University of San Diego and a member of the Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and the ACCION San Diego board of directors. Past organizations and affiliations include the advisory board of directors for the San Diego Council on Literacy; the board of directors for San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Reading Recovery Council of North America, Reading Recovery Council of California, City Club of San Diego, High Tech High, and Principle Development Partnership; co-chair of California Reading Task Force; advisory board of San Diego State University College of Education; president of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County; San Diego State University President’s Council; and member of McGill Circle, San Diego Dialogue.

Lynch has also received the following awards and recognitions: San Diego Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Irishman of the Year 1995, San Diego Lions Club Fletcher Award 2003, San Diego Nice Guys Man of the Year 2003, International Reading Association and Greater San Diego Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award, SANDAPP-Collaborative Spirits Award, Children’s Hospital and San Diego County Office of Education-Champion for Children Award, University of Iowa College of Business Administration Special Support Award, Reading Recovery Council of North America-Teacher Leader Award, and American Ireland Fund 2007 Robert A MacNamara Literary and Arts Award.

Arnulfo ManriquezPresident and CEO, MAAC Project; UC San Diego Alum ’93

Arnulfo Manriquez

Location: Chula Vista, CA

Arnulfo Manriquez is president and CEO of MAAC Project, a nonprofit organization that provides programs, leadership development and advocacy throughout the county of San Diego. Arnulfo presently serves as first vice chair of the board for Housing California, a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization, and treasurer of the board for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He is also the president of the board of Urban Council Development, Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing development organization. As a first-generation immigrant who grew up in San Diego, Arnulfo understands firsthand the challenges faced by underrepresented communities and is committed to ensuring opportunities for self-sufficiency and safety for families who need it most. Arnulfo is an alumnus of UC San Diego, earning a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies and planning in 1993. He earned a Master of Arts in leadership and nonprofit management from University of San Diego in 2005.

Lidia S. MartinezManager of Community Affairs and Grassroots, Southwest Airlines

Lidia S. Martinez

Location: San Diego, CA

Lidia S. Martinez is the manager of community affairs and grassroots for Southwest Airlines. She leads a dynamic team of managers, and together they take care of Southwest’s community outreach in the West Coast. In addition, she supports national efforts in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Los Cabos San Lucas, Mexico. Some of her responsibilities include engaging in outreach efforts and maintaining relationships with nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce and community leaders. She has been honored by many local and national organizations for her work in the nonprofit community and gives back to her community by serving on numerous boards. She is also involved in a variety of organizations dedicated to empowering underrepresented communities. Some of these organizations include Project Concern International, MANA de San Diego, Equality California and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She serves on the board of directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), LEAD San Diego, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and San Diego State University’s President’s Latino Advisory Council. Martinez received a business administration degree with a focus in marketing from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Daniel G. Muñoz Ph.D.Psychologist

Arnulfo Manriquez

Location: San Diego, CA

Daniel G. Muñoz was recruited to UC San Diego’s Department of Counseling and Psychological Services in 1970, and he served as a psychologist for students, faculty and staff. During his tenure, he was a lecturer at Revelle College and in the Teacher Education Program. Muñoz also served as dean and acting director of counseling and psychological services at Thurgood Marshall College. He was elected to the Encinitas Elementary school board and served on the board of directors of Meals on Wheels. Muñoz received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.

Sean SheppardFounder, Embrace

Sean Sheppard

Location: San Diego, CA

Sean Sheppard is the founder of Embrace, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is rooted in mobilizing college-student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities. Embrace programs are designed to connect college student leaders to San Diego’s multicultural community in the areas of social and physical wellness through service learning and volunteerism. Sheppard's life philosophy is that serving less fortunate members of society brings people together—irrespective of their race, religion, sexual orientation or cultural upbringing.

A 21-year resident of San Diego with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in physical education from San Diego State University, Sheppard began his lifetime of team-oriented service and assistance of others as a strength and condition coach, holding assistant positions at a number of universities before finishing his coaching career as the director of strength and conditioning at The Ohio State University. During his career in coaching, he won multiple conference and tournament championships along the way. For the past 12 years, Sheppard has been leading thousands of college student volunteers representing all San Diego-based four-year and two-year colleges to serve the homeless and remodel the homes of disabled veterans. Embrace and Sheppard have received numerous local, state and national awards/recognition for community service, cultivating a diverse environment and serving veterans.

Peter S. SilvaPresident, Silva-Silva International

Peter S. Silva

Location: San Diego, CA

Peter S. Silva is president of Silva-Silva International, a small civil engineering firm in the San Diego area. He is a civil engineer with 39 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater fields, and over 35 years of experience related to U.S.-Mexico border issues. He has served as a staff member of the California Regional Board in San Diego and then was in charge of the San Diego office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) for four years. Silva was appointed by President Clinton to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), and California Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger appointed him as the vice chair of the California Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). After he was employed by the Metropolitan Water District to provide policy advice on issues (including Mexico) related to the Lower Colorado River Basin, Silva was appointed by President Obama to the post of assistant administrator for water for the U.S. EPA. Silva earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Cal-Poly Pomona. He is a California registered civil engineer and a board-certified environmental engineer.

Teresa StiversCEO, Walden Family Services; UC San Diego Alum ’90

Teresa Stivers

Location: San Diego, CA

Teresa Stivers brings extensive cross-sector experience to her role as CEO of Walden Family Services, where she oversees administration, operations, public relations and fundraising. Under Stivers’ leadership, Walden became one of the first California agencies to offer transitional housing and support services for youth remaining in foster care. She opened visiting centers where birth families receive training and coaching to increase the likelihood they will reunify with their children. Previously, Stivers held positions as the program director and executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now Promises2Kids) for eight years. During her tenure, she helped establish the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary’s House, a transitional living program for former foster youth. Stivers served as deputy chief of staff to San Diego Mayor Susan Golding and worked as an account executive at Nuffer, Smith, and Tucker. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from UC San Diego.

Michael E. TurkFounder, KD Development

Michael E. Turk

Location: San Diego, CA

Mike Turk is a community leader and an environmentally responsible real estate developer in San Diego with strong political ties to community organizations and with local, state and national representatives. As a developer, he has built approximately 6,000 energy-efficient homes and apartments in over 37 years. He has specialized in sustainable infill and restoration work with KD Development since 2000. He is a member of the city of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and was its former chairman.

Jim Warne*Director, Circle for American Indian Rehabilitation and Education (CAIRE) center, San Diego State University Interwork Institute; President, Warrior Society Development, LLC

Jim Warne

Location: San Diego, CA

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, where he also earned a postgraduate certificate in rehabilitation administration (PET-RA). Warne administers the Post Employment Training-American Indian Rehabilitation (PET-AIR) Postgraduate Certificate Program and is the director of the Circle for American Indian Rehabilitation and Education (CAIRE) center at the San Diego State University Interwork Institute. Warne is also president of his consulting firm, Warrior Society Development, LLC (WSD) and has contracted with various organizations and tribal nations. He is also a motivational speaker with experience in professional football and as an actor in Hollywood movies and television. Other activities Warne is involved in include Indian country advocacy, congressional testimonies, cultural diversity, youth athletic and life skills camps, organizational development, and grants and contracts management.

Karin Winner*Retiree: Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Karin Winner

Location: La Jolla, CA

Karin Winner is a graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California. As West Coast editor of Women’s Wear Daily, she helped create W Magazine in 1972. She joined the San Diego Union as special features editor in 1977 and spent 33 years at the Copley Press. She was editor and VP/news of The San Diego Union-Tribune for 16 years until January 2010. During her leadership, The San Diego Union-Tribune won two Pulitzer Prizes and she served on six Pulitzer juries. Now retired, Winner chairs the board of Inewsource, a nonprofit, independent investigative journalism organization housed in the KPBS newsroom on the San Diego State University campus. She also serves on the boards of The Old Globe, San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, and Wellness Warriors; and on the advisory boards of KPBS and the San Diego History Center. She is a member of Rotary Club 33 and The Wednesday Club.

*Executive committee member

For more information on CCAB, contact Irma Velasco, director, Campus and Community Relations, at or 858-534-6862.