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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
In her role as Associate Director, Andrea supports the PSC Director and all staff in center-wide leadership, programming, and assessment and fosters and supports community-engaged scholarship through the American Cultures Engaged Scholarship program (ACES). Prior to her role at Cal, 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 holds a Master’s degree in Organization and Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from USF. Andrea also serves as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Communities at Cal, as LGBTQ Coordinator at St. Agnes in San Francisco, and as a member of the LGBT Advisory Committee through the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco.
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, has been 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 manages the Public Service Center’s Alternative Breaks program, Student Initiated Community Projects, and Residential Service Initiative (RSI). Prior to joining the PSC in 2017, Cassy worked in K-12 public and charter schools as well as nonprofit organizations for 8 years with the goal of increasing access and persistence in higher education for traditionally underrepresented, first-generation college bound students. Cassy holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Psychology and minor in Education and Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in Education with a focus on Prevention Science and Practice. She also serves as the Co-chair for Destination College Alumni Association, which aims to provide networking, professional development, and graduate scholarship opportunities for former Destination College Advising Corps Fellows.
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.
Miranda Tsang, Literacy Partnerships Program Manager
Miranda manages the Center’s literacy partnerships, including the BUILD reading mentoring program and summer reading partnerships. She has a decade of experience working in youth development including supporting literacy programs at 826 LA and 826 Valencia where she also helped youth develop their creative writing. She earned a MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and is herself a practicing poet as well as the editor of several anthologies of creative writing by young people including 642 Things to Write About.
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.
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.