Sandra Bass, Director
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Sandra joined the Center in January 2015. As director, she provides leadership to the Center and support to its team. Sandra received her PhD in political science at Berkeley and her doctoral research explored police behavior, community organizing, and the dynamics between police and communities of color in Oakland and Seattle. Upon completing her program, she was appointed as assistant professor of Criminology and Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she integrated service learning into both her undergraduate and graduate courses. In 2002 Sandra joined the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and in 2010 she was selected to lead the Foundation’s girl’s education, women’s leadership, and reproductive health program in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sandra left the Foundation to work for the Obama campaign in the battleground states of Nevada and Colorado and later, was appointed executive director of Teach With Africa. Sandra holds a BA from San Jose State University, and an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley, all in political science. She also serves on the regional Board of the Jefferson Awards Foundation, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and is the immediate past Board Chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland.
Muttika "Tika" Chaturabul, Program Manager
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Muttika manages the Public Service Center’s Cal in the Capital program, the W.T. Chan Fellowship program, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). Muttika graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 as a social welfare major with a minor in education. During her years at Cal, she worked as a BUILD tutor and student director for two years and founded a student-run organization sponsored by the Public Service Center. Prior to returning to the Public Service Center as professional staff, Muttika interned with OCA National Center through the Center for Progressive Leaders in Washington, DC and taught after-school at United for Success Academy as an AmeriCorps Member and as an Elev8 instructor through Safe Passages. Most recently, Muttika spent three years at the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education as a program coordinator for the Leadership Development Team.
Carrie Donovan, K–14 Programs Manager
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Carrie manages the Public Service Center's youth programs and partnerships with local schools and districts. Through the BUILD: Equity through Literacy initiative, she collaborates with the City of Berkeley and Berkeley Unified School District to meet the goals of the 2020 Vision to end racial inequities in education. Carrie also advises CREATE, the art-in-education service program, and Bridging Berkeley, a middle-school math mentoring program. Before joining the Center in 2005, Carrie was the youth director at CIRCLE, a national research organization focused on youth civic engagement and political participation.
Rajelin Escondo, Program Manager
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Rajelin advises all new students interested in engaging with public service. She also manages the Residential Service Initiative, Alternative Breaks, and Student Initiated Projects. The Student-Initiated Projects program provides grants to UC Berkeley-recognized student groups so that they can carry out public service activities across the Bay Area. Alternative Breaks offers service-learning trips for students during winter and spring breaks, and the Residential Service Initiative creates community service opportunities for more than 6,500 students living in the residence halls. Rajelin earned a master’s degree in Student Affairs from UCLA. She joined the Public Service Center to continue to support students as they work towards creating a more socially just world.
Jeremy Johnson, Office Manager
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Jeremy keeps the budget running smoothly and coordinates in-office matters at the Public Service Center. Jeremy studied environmental economics and policy at UC Berkeley, graduating in 2013. During his time at Cal, Jeremy was both a community service officer with the UC Police Department and a writing tutor with the Student Learning Center. He also volunteered at San Quentin State Prison to help inmates study for their GED exams, and worked with the Berkeley Project to beautify and preserve Berkeley's beautiful parks and neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Public Service Center, Jeremy coordinated faculty activities and assisted in facilities management at a local graduate school.
Emily Lopez, BUILD Equity Fellow
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Emily Lopez is the BUILD Equity Fellow for the 2016–17 academic year. Emily graduated in spring 2016 from UC Berkeley with a BA in cognitive science and a minor in education. As a student, she mentored with BUILD at several different schools and was a BUILD director at LeConte Elementary in 2015–16. She also directed summer BUILD teams at Thousand Oaks Elementary and Live Oak Community Center during the summer of 2015. Emily was inspired to consider a career in teaching while she was working with bilingual students in LeConte's two-way immersion Spanish/English program. After her BUILD Fellowship, Emily intends to enroll in a Multiple Subject Credential and Masters in Education program, and ultimately, she hopes to teach in a bilingual public school.
Rosa Ortega, BUILD Coordinator
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Rosa Ortega works closely with community partners and public schools in Berkeley Unified School District. After graduating from UC Berkeley in the spring of 2013, Rosa joined the Public Service Center as a BUILD Equity Fellow. As a student, Rosa was involved in several other Public Service Center programs, including the Bonner Leaders and the Magnolia Project. She also served as a BUILD director at Jefferson Elementary School for two years and at James Kenney Recreation Center. Rosa was also an intern at Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, where she worked with New Orleans youth to prepare for their annual youth-led press conference.
Fela Thomas, Program Manager
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Fela manages the Center’s Public Service Internship Programs, placing students in year-long internships, and the Peter E. Haas Public Service Leaders Program, which provides need-based scholarships to undergraduate student leaders who have demonstrated a significant commitment to service. Prior to coming to the center, Fela spent 16 years working in Oakland and Richmond to support the development of young leaders to transform communities. He is a proud partner and the father of four beautiful and powerful children.
The Public Service Center’s Student Advisory Committee provides formal student input on the Center’s vision, programs, and goals. Student Advisory Committee members work with professional staff to advise, design, and deliver key aspects of the Center's programming, such as our fall orientation and spring retreat; plan community-building events; share information about the Center through various avenues for outreach, and represent the Center on campus committees.