John A. Pérez
John A. Pérez is the current Vice Chair of the Board of Regents. He was elected to the Assembly in November 2008, representing Downtown Los Angeles and communities of East Los Angeles. In January 2010, his colleagues elected him California’s 68th Assembly Speaker. He was subsequently reelected in 2010 and 2012, making him one of the longest serving Speakers in the era of term limits.
Dorothy J. Leland
Dorothy J. Leland was appointed the third chancellor of the University of California, Merced on May 18, 2011. An accomplished institution builder, Leland is playing a significant role in providing educational and economic opportunity to one of the fastest-growing regions of the state as she leads the next major phase of development for the newest University of California campus. Chancellor Leland has paved the path for the largest public-private partnership in higher education, known as the Merced 2020 Project. The unprecedented $1.3 billion public-private partnership will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus and support enrollment growth to 10,000 students. The expansion will enable the campus to further its distinctive academic teaching and research in fields such as climate change, social justice, sustainability, solar energy and drone technology.
David Alcocer is the Associate Vice President for Budget Analysis and Planning at the UC Office of the President. His team develops and oversees the University’s operating budget, including the annual budget request to the State, and works closely with campuses on a wide variety of budget and planning issues. Previously, David helped coordinate the University’s core student financial aid programs, which are designed to enable students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend UC. David was a first-generation college student himself and has a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. and master’s degrees in business administration and labor relations from Cornell.
Habiba Simjee is a Staff Attorney with the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, serving UCLA’s Undocumented Student Program at the Bruin Resource Center. Habiba provides free direct immigration legal services to undocumented students, mixed-status students, and their immediate families at UCLA. She provides full representation in individual cases along with workshops, clinics, and resources in addition to direct legal services. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law (J.D.) and UC San Diego (B.A.). Habiba became involved with undocumented student advocacy during law school through Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic DREAMers at Cal project. Prior to her position at UCLA, Habiba served as the Undocumented Student Services Coordinator and counsel at UC Santa Barbara.
Pablo Guillermo Reguerín
Pablo Guillermo Reguerín currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Achievement, Equity, and Innovation at UC Santa Cruz, providing leadership and oversight to a cluster of student services offices charged with retaining and graduating students with a focus on educational equity. Since September 2009, Pablo has led efforts to integrate student services to develop student care teams, increased case-management of vulnerable student populations and data-driven intervention programs. These efforts have resulted in Individual Success Plans for cohorts of EOP students, intensive advising services for immigrant and undocumented/AB540 students, a newly launched Textbook Lending Library for students facing financial hardship and a Laptop pilot program for students that arrive to campus without a laptop or computer. In collaboration with faculty partners and the Office of Institutional Research, Pablo has launched an evidence-based evaluation process of the retention services units through the use of logic models to further deepen the utilization of research based practices and continuous improvement. Pablo has worked at UCSC for over fifteen years, previously serving as the Deputy Director of the Educational Partnership Center and as a Senior Admissions Counselor with the Office of Admissions. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Cruz in Latino and Latin American Studies and his Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in Educational Leadership and Administration.