Alumni Board

The Alumni Board is a volunteer group of alumni dedicated to keeping fellow alumni connected with one another and Pitzer College. The Alumni Board mission is to serve and engage the community by fostering lifelong relationships between alumni and the College, support in developing engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world and initiating and leading programs that further the advancement of the College. To achieve these goals, the work of the Alumni Board focuses on Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, and Community Development; including but not limited to developing alumni-to-student mentoring, community service events, and additional opportunities for alumni to connect to Pitzer both on campus and around the world.

Michele Siquieros

Michele Siqueiros ’95 – President
President, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Michele grew up in Los Angeles and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She is passionate about the power of college to change lives and the power of public policymaking to expand or constrain college opportunity.

As president of The Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele works to expand access and success in college for California students by raising public awareness around the critical challenges facing higher education, mobilizing a broad coalition of supporters and influencing policymakers. Under her leadership, the Campaign led a historic reform effort in 2010 that made it easier for students to transfer from any California community college to the California State University system. Michele has worked to secure millions in state budget funding for student aid and to expand spots for more students in the state’s public colleges and universities. From 2011 to 2014, she served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $2 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. She graduated from Pitzer in 1995 with honors, earning a BA in political studies and Chicano/a studies, then went on to earn an MA in urban planning from UCLA. Michele was Pitzer’s Distinguished Alumni Award honoree in 2018.

Tim Campos '10

Tim Campos ’10 – Immediate Past President
Director of Recruitment, Admissions, ArtCenter College of Design

Tim graduated from Pitzer in 2010 with a dual degree in sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a studies and a minor in studio art. After graduating, he worked as an admission counselor for Pitzer, recruiting students, reading applications and representing his alma mater while helping cultivate diversity initiatives on campus. As a student, he worked as an admission fellow and diversity intern in the Office of Admission. In addition, Tim was an active member of Student Senate, volunteered as a Chicano/Latino Student Affairs sponsor for incoming first-year students, served as president of the Latinx Student Union and studied abroad in Costa Rica. He is one of the original organizers of the Rockabilly Festival at Pitzer, now a yearly tradition at the College.

Making a switch from the world of higher education, Tim worked in architecture and design, lending his creative talent to the marketing department at HartmanBaldwin Design/Build, an architecture, construction, and interior design firm. Merging his passion for the arts with higher education, Tim is currently a director in the ArtCenter College of Design Admissions Office. Furthermore, he is a graduate from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with a master of communication management. Through his leadership on the Alumni Board over the years, Tim has helped implement initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion. He enjoys an active lifestyle of swimming, biking and running. When he is not training for another triathlon, Tim can be found engaging within the various arts communities of Los Angeles. He is an avid collector of Chicana/o-Latina/o printmaking and a supporter of arts education.

Diana Bob ’02

Diana graduated from Pitzer in 2002 with a degree in anthropology and environmental studies. A student-athlete, she was part of the Sagehens Softball team. While at Pitzer, she was awarded both the Udall Scholarship for Environmental Policy and the Udall Native American Congressional Internship. Diana went on to graduate from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2005 with a certificate in environmental law. Since then, she has been practicing Indian law with a focus on environmental and natural resources law, including energy development. She has served as a legal aid attorney at Northwest Justice Project in Spokane, WA; a policy attorney at the National Congress of American Indians in Washington DC; and a tribal attorney at the Lummi Nation in Bellingham, WA. Diana is the owner of Native Law PLLC, a Seattle-based law firm focused on Indian law that serves clients throughout the US. She has been appointed or elected to serve on the boards of Planned Parenthood, Northwest Justice Project, Northwest Indian Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Northwest Straits Commission.

Brian Bomhoff ’10

Brian Bomhoff ’10
Political Campaign Consultant

Originally from Kansas, Brian graduated from Pitzer in 2010 with a degree in political studies and organizational studies. During college, he was active in student government, serving as class representative in the Student Senate from 2006 to 2008, and as vice chair of the Senate in 2009.

Shortly after graduating, Brian became active in local politics in Seattle. He has worked for Senator Maria Cantwell, Washington’s marriage equality campaign, The Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Mayor Ed Murray, Paulette Jordan’s Idaho gubernatorial campaign, several Washington state house and senate races and as a policy aide for the City of Seattle. Pursuing his interest in organizational studies that he first studied at Pitzer, he received an MBA with a focus on sustainability from Presidio Graduate School in 2015.

Brian is now a finance consultant at Bluewave Political Partners in Seattle, where he works with candidates across the country to run winning campaigns. In his free time, he volunteers as a business mentor and explores the Pacific Northwest, taking full advantage of his pilot and skydiving licenses.

Michelle Castrovinci-Mitchell ’92, P’22
Community Volunteer

Michelle graduated from Pitzer in 1992 as a New Resources student with a BA in environmental studies. While at Pitzer, she worked for Hal Taback Company, an environmental engineering firm. Currently, she co-owns Amazing Steel Company, a metal fabrication business in Montclair, CA. Michelle also volunteers on the executive board of the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF), which helps provide art and music instruction in the elementary schools and funds technology in the middle and high schools. Her oldest son, Macallan, attends college in British Columbia, Canada, while her youngest son, Ryder, is a proud member of Pitzer’s Class of 2022. Michelle enjoys visiting her oldest in BC for cross-country skating and, locally, spends her time hiking the foothills, keeping her yoga practice up and dancing or attending dance performances every chance she gets.

Rhonda Foster ’82

Rhonda Foster ’82
Community Activist

Rhonda graduated from Pitzer in 1982 with a BA in psychology. She is a case manager for Community Build, Inc., overseeing the City of Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development Program in gang prevention for youth and their families. She also serves on the board of Women Against Gun Violence. For two decades, it has been her mission to address the issue of gang and gun violence as a result of the tragic loss of her 7-year-old son, Evan, and injury of her then-10-month-old son, Alec, in December 1997.

Operating from the foundation of a Pitzer education and Christian faith, she and her husband, Ruett Foster ’81, have made the most of every opportunity to impact lives with the understanding that we are all connected and love never fails. They have worked with youth in prisons, police departments, legislators and community activists and have been recognized and honored for their efforts. Their most recent awards were Pitzer’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2011 Local Heroes for Black History Month award from KCET and Union Bank.

Kim Hudson ’90
Nonprofit Consultant

Kim graduated from Pitzer in 1990 with a degree in English and sociology. During college, she advocated for the completion of an elevator that made Pitzer’s academic buildings accessible. In addition, Kim and Ed Tessier (PO ’91) co-founded the five-college Disabled Students Union.

After graduation, Kim realized that she wanted to use the communication- and community-building skills that she developed at Pitzer to support other people with disabilities. Kim began working as an adaptive technology consultant for students with disabilities in the Los Angeles area. Kim went on to earn her MSW in 1998 from San Francisco State’s School of Social Work.

For the last 21 years, Kim has worked for a variety of nonprofits that serve people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, including people with low vision, crime victims with disabilities, people with early-stage dementia and people with disabilities at risk of homelessness.

Kim is now a social service consultant. During her tenure on the Pitzer Alumni Board, Kim hopes to facilitate a closer relationship among alumni and current Pitzer students. She appreciates the opportunity to give back to the College because the seeds of her passion for social responsibility and activism were born at Pitzer.

Derric J. Johnson ’95
Founding Director, Equity and Justice Institute (Crossroads)
Commissioner, Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission

Derric serves as a member of the senior administrative team at The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and is the founding director of Crossroads’ Equity and Justice Institute, which oversees social justice advocacy and equity education on campus.

Prior to Crossroads, Derric was senior deputy, public safety and justice, for the office of Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. In this role, Derric’s achievements include establishing the Civilian Oversight Commission of the Sheriff’s Department to increase transparency and decrease officer-involved shootings, improving protections for foster youth in California; and reforming the largest probation department in the US. He also procured $5 million from the state’s Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention funds to support restorative justice and community-based programs to divert youth from the juvenile-justice system.

Derric was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to represent the Second District as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, where he was recently elected Vice President. He also serves as a board member for Brilliant Corners, a housing nonprofit for individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs, and was appointed to the Executive Council of the Children’s Defense Fund-CA.

Derric earned his BA in sociology from Pitzer. As a National Urban Fellow, he earned his secondary master’s in public administration from Baruch College-City University of New York and completed a master’s in business management from Azusa Pacific University.

Gary Kates ’74

Gary Kates ’74
Professor of History, Pomona College

Gary enrolled at Pitzer in 1970, the first year the College accepted male students. After living for 20 years in San Antonio, TX, where he was a history professor at Trinity University, he returned to Claremont in 2001 as dean of the college at Pomona College. In 2010, he joined Pomona’s history department where he teaches alongside fellow Pitzer alumnus Char Miller ’75. Gary is the author of, among other books, Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade, which has been translated into Italian, Portuguese and German. He is married to Lynne Diamond, MD, who attended Pitzer for the academic year 1973-74, and who is the director of the family medicine residency at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. They have two children: Emily, a staff psychologist at the Boston College Counseling Center; and Max, an assistant professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Frances Martinez Kellar ’06
Education Leader and Researcher

Frances is an education leader and researcher whose work focuses on teacher, leader and organizational development for districts, schools and charters in California. She completed her BA in English and world literature at Pitzer, her MA in education at CGU, and her doctorate in educational psychology & leadership at USC. Frances is thrilled to reconnect with fellow Pitzer alumni through service and engagement as a member of the Alumni Board. She lives in the Claremont area with her husband, Jerry, and their two children, Ethan and Emma.

Jon Parro ’81

Jon Parro ’81
Counselor, Wellspace Health

Jon graduated from Pitzer in 1981 with a degree in psychology. While at Pitzer, he served on the Orientation Committee, was a DJ at KSPC, studied abroad in London and held a work-study job in the Office of Admission. After graduation, Jon joined the admission staff full-time and spent six more years at Pitzer before leaving for graduate school at Harvard University, where he earned a doctorate in education. Following graduate school, he worked for 25 years in higher education and healthcare philanthropy before recently returning to his earlier interest in psychology. He is now a counselor with an addiction treatment agency that serves underserved communities in the Sacramento region, including clients with co-occurring mental health disorders. Jon and his wife, Diane Parro ’80, live in Davis, CA, where Diane is the city’s director of community and business engagement.

Josue Pasillas ’17
Communications Specialist, Waukegan Park District

Josue graduated from Pitzer in 2017 with a self-designed degree in urban studies/environmental analysis and a minor in Spanish. As a student, Josue dedicated most of his time outside the classroom to the Pitzer College Student Senate, serving as a first-year representative, secretary, vice president, and student body president. Josue was also a member of the Latinx Student Union and worked in the Office of College Advancement as an advancement ambassador.

Josue is from Waukegan, IL, and is currently the communications specialist at the Waukegan Park District, where he executes all digital marketing efforts and implements community relations strategies. He was appointed to serve as a trustee on the Waukegan Public Library Board of Trustees, precinct committeeman for the Lake County Democratic Party and board member of the Waukegan Public Schools Foundation.

Morgan Pepper ’12

Morgan Pepper ’12
Account Manager, Oath
Morgan graduated from Pitzer in 2012 with a dual degree in media studies and studio art and a minor in sociology. As a student, he competed with the nationally-ranked Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company and was involved with Pitzer’s parent and alumni outreach initiatives. During his senior year, he chose to retire from competitive dance and started coaching other students.

Upon graduating, Morgan interned with a web design agency in Singapore before returning to Los Angeles to run marketing initiatives for a commercial real estate brokerage firm. He has since worked in the advertising and commercial real estate industries, executing marketing strategies for Visa and Lexus Motors as well as negotiating high-level commercial real estate transactions. He now works for Verizon’s newly formed digital media company, managing campaigns on Yahoo and AOL’s digital properties. In his free time, Morgan enjoys surfing, cooking and playing soccer.

Carlos Perrett ’18
Persistence Manager, EMERGE
Consultant

Carlos is a native Houstonian and the first in his family to attend and graduate from a four-year college. He graduated from Pitzer in 2018 with a BA in political studies and Spanish, and currently serves as a persistence manager with EMERGE, a leading educational nonprofit in Houston. Prior to joining EMERGE, he worked as a consultant for Epsy Campbell, the first woman of African descent to become vice president of Costa Rica, and the Institute for Central American Development Studies. He is a former candidate for the Houston Independent School District School Board and a recruiter for Teach For America. He is a founding member of the Chavez High School Alumni Association and of the Adelante Houston Political Action Committee. Carlos is a two-time winner of Pitzer’s Kallick Community Service Award. In 2020, he plans to enroll at the INCAE, Latin America’s top business school. He enjoys traveling and is in love with sloths.

Evan Slovak ’14
Associate, Litigation, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Evan graduated from Pitzer in 2014 with a dual degree in political studies and philosophy. At Pitzer, he participated in student government all four years, serving as a student representative for the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee from 2012 to 2014 and as an admission fellow his senior year.

After Pitzer, Evan attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Journal of Business Law and an active member of the American Constitution Society and helped found the Democracy Law Project. He went on to serve as a judicial law clerk for Judge Karen S. Crawford in the United States District Court, Southern District of California. Now he has returned to the Los Angeles area and is an associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He practices general civil litigation and provides a range of pro bono legal work, including constitutional and special education access matters.

Elaine Waldman ’90

Elaine Waldman ’90
LA County Health Department

Elaine studied anthropology at Pitzer and participated in a variety of community service and international education programs while a student. She later earned a master’s degree in anthropology from California State University, Los Angeles. She began her career in public health while in college, volunteering with a free clinic’s homeless health outreach team. Elaine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, organizing HIV prevention programs with high school students, and has been developing and facilitating collaborative community mobilization and disease-prevention projects with nonprofit and government organizations for nearly three decades. She is passionate about working together to strengthen the impact of community health workers, reduce health inequities and create a culture of health. In her current role with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, she manages several Medicaid waiver programs serving people in high-risk situations.

Elaine applies her Pitzer education by asking questions, looking at problems holistically and resisting apathy. Using her experience as a first-generation college student, she enjoys mentoring Pitzer students as they pursue their dreams and meaningful careers.

Will O’Donnell ’21
Philosophy and English and World Literature major

Student Representative

Phil Zuckerman
Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies
Faculty Representative

https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/phil-zuckerman

Professor Suyapa Portillo Villeda '96

Suyapa Portillo Villeda
Associate Professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a Transnational Studies
Faculty Representative

https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/suyapa-portillo-villeda