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Sandra Bass, Director
Dr. Sandra Bass currently serves as Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Public Service Center at UC Berkeley. Upon receiving her doctorate in political science, Dr. Bass was appointed as an 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, and later was appointed the executive director of Teach With Africa, an organization focused on cross cultural learning for K-12 teachers in the US and South Africa. Sandra has published numerous articles and essays in academic journals and on various platforms, and has co-edited three volumes. She currently serves on the regional board of Multiplying Good (formerly known as the Jefferson Awards Foundation), the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, the Osher Center for Lifelong Learning Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, and Co-Chairs the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Civic Engagement Advisory Board. She has also served as a “Wise Head” reviewer for the MacArthur Foundation 100 and change competition, on the steering committee of the African Grantmakers Affinity Group, and is the former Board Chair of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, among other appointments. She is also a nonviolence trainer and educator. Sandra holds a BA from San Jose State University, and an MA and PhD from UC Berkeley, all in political science.
Andrea Wise, Associate Director
Andrea brings over 12 years’ experience in community-engaged learning and is passionate about supporting students as they find their paths to make change in their communities. Andrea supports center-wide leadership, programming, and assessment. She also fosters and supports community-engaged scholarship, especially with faculty and graduate students, through her work with the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program (ACES). Prior to her role at UC Berkeley, she spent 7 years at the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at University of San Francisco, overseeing community engagement and public service programs and supporting community-engaged learning across campus. Andrea also serves as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Communities at Cal and as LGBTQ Coordinator at St. Agnes in San Francisco. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from USF.
Carrie Donovan, Assistant Director
Carrie supports the education partnerships staff at the PSC as well as center-wide operations. Carrie also advises CREATE, the arts-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.
Gloria Holbrook, Finance & Operations Officer
Gloria manages PSC budgeting and finance. She has a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University and, prior to joining the PSC, worked in accounting. Before that, she worked at a Opportunity Junction, a nonprofit job training/career prep organization, where she managed bookkeeping and operations. Public service is a big part of her life. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Meals On Wheels, a teacher at Contra Costa Chinese School, and has also served as a financial literacy trainer for middle & high school students.
Cassy Huang, Program Manager
Cassy Huang (she/her) has over 10 years of experience coaching students to envision and build a more just and inclusive future for themselves and their communities. Currently, her PSC portfolio includes Alternative Breaks, Residential Initiative, and Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowship. Prior to joining the PSC in 2017, Cassy worked in schools and nonprofit organizations with the goal of increasing access and persistence in higher education for traditionally underrepresented, low-income, first-generation college students. Outside of the PSC, she volunteers as a domestic violence advocate for W.O.M.A.N. Inc., and is also involved with Destination College Alumni Association, which provides networking, professional development and graduate scholarships for first generation professionals. Cassy holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Psychology and a minor in Education and Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on Prevention Science and Practice.
Ashley Kelly, Program Manager
Ashley earned a BA in International Studies from Elon University and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of California at Berkeley. In her role, she supports Cal students in developing their leadership skills and understanding of the levers for change in the Bay Area. Since 2011, Ashley has also collaborated on programs related to housing and homelessness throughout the Bay Area. Her master’s education focused on advocacy and community engagement in the Tenderloin.
Aileen Pagdanganan, Program Manager for Public Service Leaders
Aileen Pagdanganan (she/her) is a community and youth advocate whose work is rooted in Ethnic Studies (emphasis on Asian American History & Filipino/a American Experiences), social justice, and college access. Prior to the PSC, she has worked in collaboration with SFUSD and various nonprofit organizations in San Francisco for over a decade supporting high school & college students with their pursuit of higher education and transformative social change. Aileen holds a B.A. in Media Studies, and a double minor in Journalism & Philippine Studies from University of San Francisco.
Camille Verbera, Bridging Berkeley & CREATE Program Manager
Camille manages the Bridging Berkeley program, a math mentoring program supporting Berkeley Unified middle schoolers. Within Bridging Berkeley, she manages, in partnership with Berkeley School Volunteers, the Zoom Mentors program which is dedicated to supporting middle schoolers’ remote learning experience. She also advises for CREATE, our student-led group that promotes art-based services online. Before joining the Public Service Center she worked at Seneca Family of Agencies, a non profit organization that provides mental health services to Foster youth, supporting mental health documentation and billing. Camille is a lifelong Bay Area resident and holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and minor in Native American Studies.
Emily Adsit, Program Manager for Public Service Internships
Emily Adsit (she/her) is the Program Manager for Public Service Internships in the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. She is an advocate for social and political change through community engaged work, and brings experience in local, state, and federal government, professional performing arts, and multidisciplinary programming. Prior to the PSC, Emily worked for the United States Senate and served as a liaison between constituents and the federal government. Emily holds a B.A. in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco.
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 design key aspects of the Center’s programming, such as our fall orientations, trainings, community-building events, and to represent the Center throughout campus.