About the Chancellor’s Office

The goal of the Chancellor’s Office is to support the Chancellor’s leadership of UC San Diego in fulfillment of its mission of teaching, research and service to society. Responsibilities that fall within the Chancellor’s Office range from outreach to the San Diego community to fiscal management in accordance with UC and UC San Diego policies.

The Chancellor’s unit includes:

Chancellor’s Office Staff

Immediate Office Staff

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Clare M. Kristofco

Associate Chancellor / Chief of Staff
(858) 534-6861
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

Reporting to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff is the campus chief administrative officer for strategic communications and public affairs, advising the Chancellor and senior leadership, overseeing University Communications and Public Affairs (UCPA), and supervising the day-to-day administration of the Chancellor’s office. The Chief of Staff develops implementation and communication strategies to achieve the Chancellor’s and campus goals and objectives while ensuring efficient operation of the Chancellor’s immediate and business offices. Represents the Chancellor in discussions with the Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, and campus leaders. Oversees the development of the Chancellor’s campus and community relations program, highlighting outreach to the San Diego community. Provides leadership in development and implementation of the Chancellor’s initiatives with the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board in its primary role as advocates for UC San Diego. Oversee offices within the Chancellor’s unit, including Ombuds office and the Office for Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.

Direct leadership of University Communications and Public Affairs in development and implementation of coordinated, campus-wide messaging that positions UC San Diego as an international leader in public higher education at a major research university. Supervise all UCPA units, including Marketing and Media Relations, Special Events and Protocol, and Creative Services and Publications.

Ramsey Helson

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
(858) 534-5335
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

The Executive Assistant to the Chancellor provides support and advice to the Chancellor on a wide range of issues involving the highest level of administrative work. This position serves as primary contact for the Chancellor, manages the Chancellor’s day-to-day schedule, plans and coordinates the Chancellor’s extensive travel schedule and undertakes unique special projects, as assigned by the Associate Chancellor/Chief of Staff on behalf of the Chancellor.

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Kay Gordon

Business Operations Manager
(858) 534-6861
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

The Business Operations Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the Chancellor’s Immediate Office, providing support for financial operations and ensuring adherence to established budget and University of California and UC San Diego policies. This position also serves a primary partner with the Associate Chancellor/Chief of Staff in the execution of a wide range of activities involving interaction with the campus senior leadership to further the Chancellor’s initiatives.

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Claire Hopkins

Director of Geisel House and Chancellor's Events
(858) 534-3774
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

The Director of Geisel House and Chancellor's Events serves as the key liaison with the Special Events & Protocol Office in planning events hosted by the Chancellor.  This position is responsible for planning and managing the various events that take place at Audrey Geisel University House, as well as overseeing all day-to-day operations, maintenance, and upkeep of the property.

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Brook Williamson

Senior Director, Chancellor Communications
(858) 534-0361
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

The Senior Director of Chancellor Communications prepares communication materials for the Chancellor to appropriately reflect UC San Diego’s institutional character, accomplishments and goals for internal and external audiences.  Responsibilities include writing, researching and editing remarks, presentations and correspondence, and assisting with the determination of strategic messages, topics and themes.  This position also communicates information to the UC San Diego and broader community about major campus activities and Chancellor initiatives.

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Kim Newin

Senior Project Manager
(858) 534-5336
(858) 534-4523 (fax)

The Senior Project Manager provides management support on a wide range of issues involving the University’s senior leadership and serves as point of contact for the Chancellor’s Office Senior Management Group (SMG) programs. Responsibilities include administering the varied aspects of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor recruitments and 5-year administrative reviews of both academic and non-academic SMG members reporting to the Chancellor. This position serves as Chair of the Volunteer50 Committee and is the Chancellor’s representative on the Exemplary Employee Review Panel. Additionally, the Senior Project Manager serves as the Financial Manager for the Chancellor’s Administrative Support Unit and supervises four part-time employees.

Business Office Staff

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Jocelyn Pacheco

Director, Business and Fiscal Affairs
(858) 534-3993
(858) 822-2651 (fax)

The Director provides leadership for Business and Fiscal Affairs and overall financial and human resource management services for the Chancellor’s Office and its administrative units.  Responsibilities also include the development and implementation of protocols and guidelines to ensure that comprehensive controls are in place for accurate reporting of the Chancellor’s Office business activities. This position also ensures that staff personnel and payroll processes within the Chancellor’s Office comply with University policy and serve the needs of both management and employees.

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Patty Arnett

Principal Personnel Analyst
(858) 534-1699
(858) 822-2651 (fax)

The Principal Personnel Analyst manages personnel appointments for the Chancellor’s Office Vice Chancellor (VC) area and serves as the Human Resources Department liaison for all VC area departments. This position coordinates VC-wide training and staff development initiatives and programs. Responsibilities also include oversight of payroll and personnel transactions, and financial management and audit readiness of annual reports as mandated by the Office of the President.

Campus and Community Relations

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Irma Martinez Velasco

Director, Campus and Community Relations
(858) 534-6862
(858) 822-0156 (fax)

The Director of Campus and Community Relations reports to the Associate Chancellor, and supports the Chancellor, Associate Chancellor and Chancellor’s staff in all areas relating to campus activities with community organizations, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations. Her responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of various advisory committees, such as the Chancellor's Community Advisory Board; event management for community outreach initiatives; and program development to strengthen the ties between the campus and the community. She serves as an internal consultant and departmental resource to accomplish outreach goals and the effectiveness of programs.

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Huda Gontkon

Office Manager, Campus and Community Relations
(858) 534-0405
(858) 822-0156 (fax)

As the office coordinator for Campus and Community Relations, this position provides administrative support for the Director.  Responsibilities include calendar and data management, fiscal processing, and coordination of special events and meetings, including support for the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

Campus Counsel

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Daniel W. Park

Chief Campus Counsel
(858) 822-1236

Reporting to the Chancellor and to the Vice President for Legal Affairs & General Counsel, Dan is the chief attorney for the UC San Diego campus. Dan provides legal advice, retains outside counsel, manages litigation, reviews university policies, and works closely with other administrative offices to ensure legal compliance and to respond to disputes. Dan is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UC General Counsel’s systemwide leadership team.