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Students, faculty, staff, community partners, and friends of the Center are invited to contact any of us directly to set up a meeting.
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.
Carrie Donovan, Director of Strategic Initiatives
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.
Cassy Huang, Associate Director
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.
Gaurangi Pradhan, BUILD Equity Fellow
Gaurangi (they/them) is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Society & Environment and a double minor in Education and City & Regional Planning. As a former BUILD Mentor and Director at MLK Jr. Elementary now advising the 23-24 BUILD Cohort, Gaurangi is passionate about creating community space that uplifts marginalized voices and uplifts radical collective action.
Gardenia Campos, Program Manager, BUILD
Gardenia supports the BUILD Literacy Program which serves elementary youth in Berkeley and Oakland. She also advises CREATE, the arts-in-education service program also serving youth in schools in Berkeley and Oakland. Before joining PSC staff, Gardenia worked with a literacy intervention nonprofit serving students in Oakland and San Francisco. Gardenia is dedicated to making education, especially literacy, an equitable and accessible resource for all students to be able to thrive within their communities and beyond.
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.
Nina Parker, Program Manager for Cal in the Capital and Student Initiated Community Projects
Prior to joining the Public Service Center, Nina worked with various non-profits providing programming to students ages K – college. She is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to hold leadership positions, develop financial literacy skills, attain valuable career experience, and explore their interests. Nina received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences from the University of Missouri. She finished school as an intern with the House of Representatives, and eventually moved to the Bay Area as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She loves to cook, read manga, and play a friendly round of pool. She’s very excited to get to know everyone and join the PSC!
Rosa Enriquez, Program Manager for Immersive Service
Rosa Enriquez (she/her) is a Program Manager for the Alternative Breaks, Lingnan W.T. Chan Fellowship, and Residential Service Initiative programs. Rosa first joined the PSC as a first-generation undergrad transfer student in 2018. She co-founded the Puerto Rico Alternative Breaks trip and served as the Graduate Student Facilitator for two years. She became a program manager in August 2022. Outside of the PSC, Rosa is a disability activist dedicated to interrupting ableism on UC campuses and uplifting the voices of underserved student communities. Rosa holds a B.A. in Social Welfare and a Master of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, focusing on disability, immigration, and community-based learning. Her work centers on critical service learning, cultural humility, advocacy, access, and holistic wellness.
Sandra Bass, Senior Associate Dean and Director
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Dr. Sandra Bass currently serves as Executive Director & Associate Dean 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.
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.