Conference Speakers 2023

David Alcocer

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David Alcocer, Associate Vice President for Budget Analysis and Planning at the UC Office of the President.

David Alcocer’s 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.

Eugene Whitlock

Eugene Whitlock, Chief People & Culture Officer / Associate Vice Chancellor – Human Resources, UC Berkeley

As UC Berkeley’s Chief People & Culture Officer (Associate Vice Chancellor), Eugene leads a one hundred person human resources department including talent acquisition, people and organization development, employee and labor relations, total rewards, diversity equity, inclusion and belonging, business intelligence and human resources information systems. Eugene also serves on the governing boards of CUPA-HR (the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) and the American Research Universities-Human Resources Institute, and is the Chair of the Human Resources Leadership Council for the University of California. During his time at UC Berkeley, Eugene has emphasized the creation of a workplace where everyone can be themselves and feel like they belong and helped elevate Berkeley to be among the best institutions to work for in the University of California system.

Prior to UC Berkeley, Eugene served as the Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and General Counsel for the San Mateo County Community College District. Eugene is most proud of his work to infuse equity into the hiring process by rewriting job announcements and interview questions, as well as training each person who is part of the decision-making process on the benefits of diversity and reducing the impact of unconscious bias. In 2017, the Association of California Community College Administrators selected Eugene for its “Progress in Diversity” Award given for “Outstanding Achievement in Support of Diversity in the Higher Education Community.”

Eugene also served as a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Mateo for eight years where he primarily served as outside counsel for K-12 school districts. Eugene has also worked as a corporate attorney for DavisPolk in New York, Tokyo and Menlo Park, as an investment banker for Deutsche Bank in San Francisco and as a project manager for Stiftung, Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin.

Eugene obtained his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan. He is also a fluent speaker of Spanish and German.